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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)

At Riverside, we are a fully inclusive school.  Our aim is for all pupils to achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum.  In the links below, you can find information regarding the ways in which we ensure that we support all of our pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

Children are identified as having SEND when their progress has slowed or stopped and the interventions, resources etc put in place do not enable improvement.  Once this occurs, we have specific needs-based plans which help support their development and accelerate progress.  

Details on how the local authority supports pupil with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities can be found in Herefordshire's local offer which can be accessed  by clicking the link below

Herefordshire LA Local Offer - Special educational needs and disabilities Riverside Primary School and Nursery's Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Policy


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator – Mrs H Walmsley

Educational psychologist - Dr Evan Ryan

EAL Support Assistants – Mrs D Malasauskiene and Mrs A Bulejko

Learning Mentors – Mrs J Kisby, Miss T Davies, Mr C Preece

Additional Needs Support Assistants – Mrs G Morris, Mrs J Macpherson

1:1 Support Assistants – Mr B O’Brien, Miss K Jones, Mrs S Payne, Mrs S Thompson, Mrs E Scargill, Mrs B Silcox, Mrs L Hill, Miss N Smith, Mrs S Probert, Mrs J Wells, Mrs L Sheridan, Mrs G Oakes

Speech Therapist – Mrs C Gwynne

Speech Therapy Assistant – Mrs J Wells

Military Liaison Officer – Mrs G DeJonge

Student and Family Support – Mrs S Stansbury and Mrs S Neville

Support for Parents/Carers

 If you feel your child needs additional support you need to raise your concern with the class teacher.  These concerns will be discussed with the SENCO who may observe the child, provide advice, use assessment tools or consider a referral to an outside agency.

Arrangements for consulting and involving parents of children with SEND:

  • Termly parents evening meetings with the class teacher
  • ‘Open door’ policy with class teacher/SENCO
  • Relevant information about how parents can support their child at home
  • Annual reports to parents
  • Multi-agency meetings as required
  • Formal annual reviews for children with EHC Plans


Useful Resources

Herefordshire Carers Support SEN Information and Support Service

For information regarding any specific advice and support, please contact the school SEND team.


At Riverside we endeavour to ensure all children’s needs are met through Quality First provision in the classroom so that they can access the curriculum. All children are the responsibility of their class teacher who plans for and teaches all the children in their class. At times this involves differentiation and extra support either through additional adults or additional materials and resources.

Class-based TAs work alongside the class teacher to support children with SEND individually or in small groups and to facilitate the class teacher working with children with SEN.

Pupil progress meetings are held each term to track and identify any children who are not making expected progress. If teachers have concerns about pupil progress or attainment parents will be contacted.

The school engages in a 4 stage process when providing additional support: Assess, Plan, Do, Review

Assess: Take into consideration all information gathered from parents / carers, the child, teachers and assessments.

Plan: Identify the barrier to learning, intended outcomes, what additional support will be provided.

Do: Provide the support which may be in the form of an intervention.

Review: Consider the impact of the intervention and whether any changes need to be made to the support.

Interventions are tailored to meet individual needs and target the area of difficulty identified. Additional support may be provided in the classroom, withdrawal in a small group with learners who have similar needs or on a 1:1 basis. For some learners it may be access to a resource such as a writing slope or an individual visual timetable.

Health and Safety

 Risk assessments are used to ensure action is taken to increase the safety and inclusion of all pupils in all activities. Staff training is undertaken to ensure that pupils with specific medical needs such as diabetes or other potentially serious conditions remain safe. If necessary, additional staff will be appointed, and appropriately trained, in particular circumstances to support children with medical conditions


For individual pupils with a high level of need, additional funding can be applied for. In such cases it is necessary for the school to demonstrate that the pupil meets the criteria for additional funding. In these circumstances the school will always work with parents to explain procedures and how any additional funding will be used Riverside Primary School employs additional members of staff to ensure that the needs of all pupils are met and that classrooms are appropriately resourced.


Riverside school is a values school. Each month the children learn about a different value such as honesty, co-operation, respect or friendship and assemblies focus on these values.

Behaviour systems are based on a positive approach. Children are reminded that they have a choice about how they behave. Good behaviour is recognised and rewarded in a variety of ways. There is a consistent approach across the school and children are clear about the expectations, rewards and sanctions.

For children who need an individualised approach, Individual Behaviour Plans are written. The school will work with other professionals such as Educational Psychologists, doctors, school nurses or Herefordshire’s Behaviour Support Team to ensure that individual needs are met and that poor behaviour does not become a barrier to their learning.

At Riverside we have extensive outdoor facilities and we use them to effectively enhance the curriculum and specifically use outdoor learning to support children with social, emotional or behavioural needs.


If you cannot find the information that you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.  For any complaints regarding the provision that a child is receiving, please contact Mrs Shearer who will explain our complaints procedure.