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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


Welcome to our SEND pages. We hope you will enjoy reading about the variety of ways in which Exning Primary School is able to support students with a range of SEND to reach their full potential. If you have been directed to these pages because your child has recently been diagnosed with a Special Educational Need or Disability, we would like to begin by saying, "Don't panic." Although this will be a new and potentially daunting experience for many of you, we are here to help and support both you and your child in any way that we can.

Meet the Team

At Exning Primary School, all staff are involved in the teaching and support of children with SEND, but three members of our team have specific roles relating to this area:


Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) is Ruth Clifford-Turner.

Ruth has been SENCo at Exning Primary School since 2012 and holds the National Award for SEN Co-ordination. She can be contacted by telephone through the school office, or by email on ruth.turner@exning.suffolk.sch.uk 

(Ruth Clifford-Turner - SENCo)

Our SEND TA is Heather Philpot.

Heather has been working in this role at Exning since 2013 and has a wealth of experience including qualifications in ELKLAN.

(Heather Philpot - SEND TA)


Our Governor with responsibility for SEND is Marion Treby.


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at Exning Primary School 

At Exning Primary School we welcome everybody into our community. We believe that child should be provided with the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.

Every student at Exning Primary School has the opportunity to follow all National Curriculum subjects, with Quality First Teaching designed to allow all learners to access the curriculum. However, some children may require extra support to allow them to achieve their potential, and this is where our SEND support is offered.

We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND students. This may include one-to-one or small group school interventions with a dedicated SEND Teaching Assistant, Classroom Teaching Assitant or Teacher. It may also include other learning or behavioural interventions developed on an individual needs basis.


Our SEND Policy can be found here

Our SEND Information report can be found here


Our Local Offer

The changes in the Children and Families Bill affect the way children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are supported in schools. The new approach began in September 2014 and places pupils at the centre of planning.  The key principles of the new legislation are:

1.     Young people and their families should be involved in discussions about the support they need, so they can share their knowledge and feed back to the school on the young person’s progress.

2.     Education, health and care plans (EHC) will replace statements of special educational needs. New assessments for additional educational needs will follow the EHC guidelines from September 2014. (Existing statements will remain in force until all children and young people have completed the transition, which will be within three years).   

3.     School Action and School Action Plus will cease and be replaced by a single school-based category for children who need extra specialist support.

Exning Primary School is well placed to adopt these changes and looks forward to working with pupils and parents/carers  to ensure fully inclusive access to our education.


For further information of Suffolk County Council's SEND provision, please click here 

For more information on particular aspects of our SEND offer, please click on the links from this page.