What is SEND?


SEND is an abbreviated term meaning Special Educational Needs and/or Disability. A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning disability or difficulty that requires special educational provision to help him or her.

SEND is split into four main areas of need

  • Cognition and Learning
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and/or Physical

At Gorsewood we closely monitor all our pupils progress, achievements and wellbeing. If any staff have any concerns about a child they will follow a graduated approach to ensure the pupils needs are met.

The Graduated Approach at Gorsewood

Wave One

We aim to provide Quality First Teaching to all pupils.

  • Broad and balanced curriculum
  • Well-planned and differentiated lessons
  • Read, Write Inc and Language and Literacy.
  • Mastery Maths.
  • Communication Friendly classrooms
  • Specialist P.E Teachers.
  • The Happy in School Project
  • Use of multi-sensory approaches (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic)
  • Assemblies, trips, visiting speakers and themed day
  • Encouraging and nurturing philosophy
  • Use of Emotion Coaching
  • Staff work to foster relationships with children
  • School Council to promote pupil voice
  • High expectations of behaviour and effort
  • Opportunities to share work and achievements
  • Inclusive ethos which celebrates difference
  • Fully qualified teachers for every class
  • Skilled teaching assistants
  • All staff encouraged to attend a range of CPD.
  • Midday assistants included in training opportunities
  • Family Support Worker to provide additional support to families
  • Classrooms are organised to encourage independence
  • Visual timetables displayed in classrooms
  • Learning prompts are displayed on classroom walls
  • Booster Sessions
  • Classroom rules are displayed and referred to
  • Areas available for group and 1:1 work
  • Attainment and progress of all children assessed and tracked throughout the year
  • Personalised Success Criteria
  • Combination of verbal feedback and quality first marking.
  • Good communication with parents  
  • High Quality resources
  • ICT resources.
  • Varied outdoor areas.

Wave Two

  • Beat Dyslexia intervention groups
  • IDL Software
  • Five Minute Box Intervention
  • Word Wasp and Hornet
  • Toe by Toe Intervention
  • Cogmed intervention groups
  • Building Blocks Intervention
  • 1:1 Read Write Inc intervention groups
  • Handwriting intervention programmes
  • Fine motor skill activities
  • Gross motor skill activities
  • Heart Math Software
  • Dragon Speak Software
  • Clicker 6 Software
  • Coloured Overlays
  • Move n Sit Chairs
  • Initial Dyslexia Screening
  • Initial Dyscalculia Screening
  • Chunking of activities.
  • Individual Workstations.
  • Nurture Group
  • ELSA trained professionals
  • In-class support from TA
  • Input from Speech and Language Therapy
  • Use of Social Stories
  • Use of visual prompts e.g. task planners or visual timetables.
  • Speech production activities
  • Language development activities
  • Transition Plans for pupils.
  • Team Teach techniques.
  • Lunchtime club
  •  Individual and group reward systems
  • Mentoring (group session)
  • Ear defenders available
  • Adapted resources such as pencil grips, seat wedges,writing slopes

Wave Three

  •  Educational Psychologist
  • Specialist Teacher support for Reading, Writing and Maths
  •  1:1 support from TA
  • Communication and Interaction programmes
  • Involvement of Speech and Language
  • Speech Therapy Service
  • Positive Behaviour Service Outreach Team
  • CAMHs
  • Attendance and Behaviour Team 
  • Family Support Worker
  • Specialist Equipment including changing facilities
  • Positive Behaviour Support Service
  •  Mentoring and Counselling
  •  Occupational Therapist
  •  Involvement of Physiotherapist




Gorsewood Primary School

Gorsewood Road, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6ES