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Special Educational Needs

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.

A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:  

  • has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age,


  • has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.

The SENDCo at Riseley Church of England Primary is Mrs Rachel Wingerath. She can be contacted through the school office email or on 01234 708218.

Code of Practice (July 2014)

Riseley Church of England Primary School is committed to ensuring we consistently maximise and improve outcomes for children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) in line with the latest guidance for delivering excellence within the 0-25 SEND Code of Practice.

Our school will aim to enable all children with SEND to achieve their potential through high quality teaching and provision that is differentiated and personalised to meet each individual’s needs.

We will work closely with and seek support from other agencies where necessary in order to maximise learning potential e.g. Speech and Language service, Occupational Therapy Service, local authority services e.g. educational psychologists, Jigsaw, complex needs service.

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Our SENDCo, Mrs Rachel Wingerath, has completed her accreditation with the NASCO (National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination). She is responsible for reviewing and helping identify children who have any additional needs. She is also the contact point offering support and advice for parents or carers. When children have been identified as having an additional need they may be referred to external agencies as appropriate for advice and support. This advice will then form part of an individual support plan where necessary. Parents/carers and children are always included in formulating and reviewing any plans that are put in place. We will keep you updated regularly on any progress towards referrals or assessments. 

SEND support includes any help for children/ young people with SEND that is additional to or different from the support generally made for other children of the same age. The purpose of SEND support is to help children/young people achieve the outcomes or learning objectives that have been set for them by the school. SEND support replaces Early Years Action/Action Plus and School Action/Action Plus.

If there is a need to offer SEND support to your child, we will add their name to our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities register, we will inform you and discuss this with you first and we will ask your permission before their name is added.

Kingfishers Nurture Group

Since September 2022, Riseley CE Primary School has been operating a nurture group for a small number of children with complex needs to have been identified as requiring additional support outside their normal classroom environment.

Our aim is to provide:

  • A small-scale setting in which children can experience focused nurturing care from two adults, who actively work towards enabling the children’s successful reintegration back into their class full time. 
  • A flexible and holistic approach to education and care in response to the particular needs of the children attending. 
  • An environment that is safe, secure and with a home like atmosphere. 
  • An environment that aids the child’s development emotionally and academically. 
  • The opportunity to help children learn to make decisions and appropriate choices through understanding the consequences of certain ways of behaving. 
  • Ongoing assessment and support for children exhibiting behaviours linked to emotional stress and attachment issues.
  • An environment which will help to develop the child’s self-esteem and confidence through planned activities.

Please read the Nurture Group Policy below for further details.

High Street, Riseley, Bedford, Bedfordshire. MK44 1DR

01234 708218