Special Educational Needs and Disability


At Heavers Farm Primary School we believe that each and every pupil has the right to equality of access to, and achievement in, an educational setting that will enable them to reach their full potential. The school will work hard to ensure the necessary provision is made for any pupil with SEND. In doing so we will fulfill the statutory duties and best prac-tice guidelines set out in the Department of Education Code of Practice for SEND (September 2014)


If you are concerned about your child and would like to talk to someone, please contact your class teacher who would be delighted to meet you. Your child’s class teacher is the person who knows your child best and they can discuss your concerns and suggest ways of us offering more support for your child in the classroom.

If having done this, that you feel that you would like to discuss your concerns further then please make an appointment to see our SENCo (special educational needs coordinator), Rob Harnett, who can advise you on the different ways that we can meet your child’s additional requirements.

Our SENCo is one of a team of people we have here at school to support children who have additional needs.


Rob Harnett: Assistant Head/SENCo

Erica Ruse-Whalley: School Counsellor

Rachel Evans: Deputy Headteacher (Interventions)

Stephanie Reid and Lisa Payet: Attendance Support Co-ordinators

Tony Pearson: SEND Governor

You can contact any of these members of staff through the main school switchboard: 020 8653 5434


We use a range of outside agencies; who we use depends on the individual needs of the pupils and families. Some of the agencies we use offer support to pupils and families in school; others offer support out of school for families of children with additional needs.

Here are the agencies and services that we use most frequently:

Educational Psychologist

Our Educational Psychologist, Susan Moore, works for the Learning and Inclusion Team at Croydon Council. Susan visits Heavers Farm once a month. Children are re-ferred to Susan if teachers, or parents, feel that a child is not making expected progress given the amount of support they are receiving or have identified a barrier to learning. Susan observes and assesses the child and then, in consultation with the parent, works with the school to identify the best way forward for the pupil.

Speech and Language Therapy

We have bought in a Speech and Language service, which means we will be able to provide regular access to a qualified speech therapist in school. Parents and staff can refer children to this service. The children are assessed and a care plan is written. This care plan has actions and targets for the individual. These actions are carried out by the school speech and language team. On occasions the speech therapist themselves may work directly with the pupil.

The Visual Impairment Service

The Visual Impairment Service is part of Croydon’s Communication Support Service. Specialist teachers and support staff work with pre-school and school age children with a diagnosed visual impairment to promote visual development and assess functional vision. Advice and support is offered to children, parents and teaching staff on visual access strategies that can be used at home and in school.


CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)

Croydon CAMHS offers a diagnostic assessment and therapeutic intervention to chil-dren and adolescents who have a serious mental health disorder or psychological diffi-culties, and to their families.

They provide assessment and treatment where the disturbance of functioning may re-sult in physical and mental harm to the child; especially if without therapeutic input there might be deterioration in the child’s mental health or in achieving optimum devel-opmental potential

Family Lives Parent Partnership

Croydon’s Family Lives Parent Partnership service provides independent information and advice and guidance for parents/carers of children and young people with identi-fied SEND.

Parents in Partnership (PIP)

Croydon Parents in Partnership (PIP) offers services free of charge to parents of chil-dren and young people with a special need or disability living in Croydon. They can help you with a range of services if your child or young person is between 0 – 25 years old

Family Link Workers support families on an individual basis, providing information and coordinating services when families feel stuck. They will also provide emotional sup-port, make referrals and liaise with services on the family’s behalf. Family Link Workers will support you in confidence, on the telephone, by email, through home visits or at a venue convenient to you.

Virtual School for Children who are Looked After

This service oversees and monitors provision for children who are in care of the Local Authority. The core purpose of the Virtual School is to drive up improvements in the educational progress and attainment of all children looked after by Croydon, including those that have been placed in schools in other authorities.

Outreach Department of St Nicholas Special School.

St Nicholas School offers high quality education to primary age pupils with a wide range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, communication difficulties and autistic spectrum disorders. The school offers an outreach programme to mainstream schools across Croydon for pupils who have complex special educational needs.

 Occupational Therapy

Croydon Children’s Occupational Therapy Service provides therapy, advice, equipment and adaptations for children who have disabilities or difficulties with everyday tasks. The service is based at the Crystal Centre and we also work in a variety of settings in-cluding schools, nurseries, Croydon University Hospital and the child’s home.

Occupational therapists are specially trained to assess and provide advice and inter-vention for children with any disability and children who experience difficulties with eve-ryday tasks at home, school and at play.


We currently share a school counsellor with our partner school, Selsdon Primary. We offer a counselling service to both children and parents. Referrals to our counsellor, Erica Ruse-Whalley, are made through our SENCo.

Woodside Bereavement Service: The Listening Ear

Woodside Bereavement Service (WBS) – The Listening Ear grew out of an increasing need in the area for a supportive Christian-based bereavement service for all who have suffered loss. They are volunteers, trained as bereavement counsellors, who give one to one support on a regular basis. They offer support to whole classes of children or support on a one to one basis.


Class teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all pupils in their class.
All pupils receive high quality teaching, differentiated for their individual needs. This means that class teachers are well trained; lessons are well planned, engaging and differentiated to ensure that all pupils can access the learning at their own level.
For pupils with additional needs this could mean that they are given a slightly different task, given different strategies and/or equipment to help them complete the task. Some may require additional support from the class teacher or teaching assistant as part of small group, paired work or on an individual basis.
Every class has at least one teacher and at least one Teaching Assistant. Classes with greater SEN needs may have more than one Teaching Assistant.


Heavers Farm Primary School is a fully accessible school. It is an architect designed open plan building with lots of natural light. There is ramp access to every main entrance. We have disabled toilets that are easily accessible at both ends of the school and a lift to the lower floor.
We also offer modifications for pupils who have specific arrangements within their class-room; they may need a particular type of chair, wider aisles to allow for mobility, a writing slope, footstool or a pencil grip. We work closely with parents and the occupational therapy service to ensure that we meet the need of every.


Additional Reading Support

  • Every child has one to one reading with an adult once a week. If a child has been as-sessed as needing extra support they will be given additional reading time with an adult.
  • Many of our Teaching Assistants are trained to use the Fischer Family Trust Reading scheme. The TAs work with targeted children on a one to one basis in Years 1 and 2.
  • We run booster groups in Year 6 to support children who show potential for working at greater depth in the end of Key Stage 2 test papers.

Occupational Therapy
Teachers will identify children to receive additional support for their gross motor skills. Time is spent on cutting, threading, writing, sticking etc. Anything to get those fingers working!
Some children may require additional apparatus to help them achieve; we take advice from our occupational therapy to ensure that our children have the correct pencil grips, writing slopes, chairs etc.

Speech and Language
We have regular visits from the speech and language therapist who models her care plans to the TAs and then the TAs carry out speech and language interventions in the classroom according to needs.

Additional Maths Support
We run booster groups in Year 6 to support children who show potential for reaching working at greater depth in the end of Key Stage 2 test papers.

1:1 Teaching Assistant Support
Some children might need 1:1 support to help them achieve academically or to help them manage their physical or behavioural needs. We have a team of well trained 1:1 TAs who are deployed in all year groups to offer this support.

Social and Emotional Support.
We know that a child cannot learn unless he or she is ready to do so emotionally. We identify children that may need additional support and will contact parents to discuss the child’s needs. We offer a counselling service to look after our children’s emotional needs which is delivered by a trained counsellor, who is also a trained teacher.

How do I know if the additional support is successful?

Your child’s progress is carefully and continually monitored by their class teacher and re-viewed formally with the School Leadership Team every term to ensure that they are mak-ing expected/exceeded progress.
At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two all children are formally assessed and their results reported to parents. In Year 1 all pupils are tested on their phonics knowledge. These test results are reported to parents.
Children on the Special Needs Register will have an Additional Support Plan (ASP) which will be reviewed with parents every term and new targets set for the next term.
The progress of children with a statement of SEND or Education Health Care Plan (EHC) is formally reviewed at an annual review with all adults involved with the child’s education.
Heavers Farm has an open door policy. Parents and carers are welcome to make an appointment to discuss their child’s needs at anytime. Please telephone the school office to book an appointment or have a telephone conversation with the class teacher.
Parents can make an appointment to meet the SENCo.
Parents evenings are held 3 times each year. At these meetings the parents of children with SEN will be given a copy of their ASP.
Each child receives a written report at the end of the school year detailing his/her progress.
The SENCo meets with SEND Governor every year to discuss specific provisions and provides data to show that they are successful.


Heavers Farm Primary School has an open door policy. The class teacher is available to discuss your child’s progress or concerns you may have. It is also useful to share infor-mation with the teachers about what strategies work well at home so that we can use similar strategies at school.
The SENCo is available to meet parents to discuss a child’s progress or any worries that parents may have.

ASPs are reviewed with parents each term.

Homework is designed to be accessible by all pupils, including those with SEND. If you have any concerns please do hesitate to contact the class teacher. We also offer a homework club.

Every child has a reading diary that can be used to communicate with the class teacher. In addition some children may need a home/school contact book for daily contact where this has been agreed to be useful to you and your child.


Moving on to new class or a new school can be an anxious time for any child.

Moving to a New Class and/or a New Year Group

  • An information sharing meeting will take place with the receiving teacher every year. Your child will have the opportunity to meet the new teacher and other new staff prior to the September start.
  • Parents have an opportunity to meet the new class teacher at the summer parents evening.
  • Transition sessions are planned for the new teaching staff and the children to get to know each other at the end of the academic year.

Moving to a New School

We will contact the new school’s SENCo and share information about special arrange-ments and support that has been made to help your child achieve their learning goals. We will ensure that all records are passed on as soon as possible.

Moving to Secondary School

School staff attend the Croydon Information Sharing Meeting for Potentially Vulnerable Pupils including those with SEND each year to make transition arrangements.
Multi-agency meetings maybe arranged to create a more detailed plan. Successful arrangements and interventions currently used to support your child can be share with the receiving school and additional visits to the new setting may be planned to help your child become familiar with the new setting and to reduce any anxieties. Your involvement with this process will be critical to supporting a successful move.
We review and update our arrangements for supporting pupils on a regular basis.
This report will be updated in September 2018.

Here is a link to Croydon’s Special Educational Needs offer.