Long Melford Church of England Primary School

Include, Achieve, Care


Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)


What is SEND?

Some children have a learning difficulty or disability which means that they find it significantly harder to learn, or to do activities which children the same age are able to do. These children have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND)

They may need extra help, support or special provision that goes beyond the differentiated approaches and learning arrangements that are normally provided in class, to allow them to make appropriate progress.

If your child has SEND their needs will fall into one or more of the four following main areas;


1. Communication and interaction

• Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN)

• Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)


2. Cognition and learning

• Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD)

• Moderate Learning Difficulty (MLD)

• Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD)

• Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD)


3. Behavioural, emotional and social


4. Physical and sensory

• Visual Impairment (VI)

• Hearing Impairment (HI)

• Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

• Physical Disability (PD)


We rigorously track and monitor the progress of all our pupils. Where pupils are not making the progress we would expect, the class teacher will discuss this with the SENCO. If appropriate, advice will be sought from our partnership agencies with your permission as parents or carers. Appropriate extra support and interventions will then be put in place and you will be kept informed of progress. We regularly monitor and review the SEND Register.


The school's (SENCO) Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator is Mrs Lizzie Riddleston. If you would like to discuss your child's special educational needs or disabilities with her, please make an appointment at the school office.