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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Our vision: Within our community we strive to develop deep roots, strong growth and freedom to flourish as a unique and whole child of God.

Welcome to our SEND page.   Mrs Amin is our  SENCO at St James’ CE Primary School.  Her role as a Special educational needs coordinator focuses on raising educational achievement by leading and coordinating provision for pupils with special educational needs. We are passionate about supporting pupils with special educational needs. We believe that it is important to have high aspirations for all our children and to support them on their journey through the education system. All our children are amazing and unique, and with the right support, we firmly believe that all children can be the best versions of themselves and be successful in reaching their own targets and feeling proud of all their successes. This links in with our vision and values at St James: 


Our vision: Within our community we strive to develop deep roots, strong growth and freedom to flourish as a unique and whole child of God.

If you need to make contact with me at the school - please use the following details below: 

Email:     Telephone: 0208 8041987 

Details about Enfield's Local Offer

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires Local Authorities to publish a 'Local Offer' of services that are available to support families who have a child or young person with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND). The Local Offer provides information, guidance and details of support that are available to families.

SEND Information Report

            How does St James’ identify if a child has special educational needs? 

At the St James’ Primary School, we hold pupil progress meetings each term where each child’s progress is discussed with the class teacher and Senior Management.  If any child is identified as a concern, the class teacher and SENCO will monitor your child and his/her progress. If concerns persist, the school will set up a meeting to discuss this with you in more detail. This meeting will be an opportunity to:

  • Listen to any concerns you may have
  • Plan any additional support your child may receive
  • Discuss and share Enfield’s Local Offer
  • Begin the graduated response-assess, plan, do, review.
  • Discuss with you any referrals to outside professionals to support your child’s learning that may be useful

Who are the best people to talk to at St James’ about my child’s difficulties with learning/ Special Educational Needs or disability (SEND)?

The initial point of contact should always be your child’s class teacher.  The class teacher will always seek advice where necessary from our SENCO, Mrs Amin. 

The class teacher is responsible for:

  • Planning for all pupils including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • SEND pupils and TA’s being named on plans and any reasonable adjustments made explicit.
  • Checking on the progress of your child and identifying, planning and delivering any additional help your child may need (this could be things like targeted work or additional ) and letting the SENCO know as necessary.
  • Having an initial conversation with SENCO to share concerns.
  • Identify additional interventions to support the child’s needs.
  • Writing Support Plans and sharing and reviewing these with parents once each term and planning for the following term.
  • Ensuring that all staff working with your child in school are helped to deliver the planned work/programme for your child, so they can achieve the best possible progress. This may involve the use of additional adults, outside specialist help and specially planned work and resources. This is overseen by the SENCO.
  • Ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom and for all the pupils they teach with any SEND.

The SENCO is responsible for:

  • Coordinating all the support for children with SEND and developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children get a consistent, high quality response to meeting their needs in school.
  • Ensuring that you as a parent/carer are:
    • involved in supporting your child’s learning
    • kept informed about the support your child is getting
    • involved in reviewing how they are doing through termly review meetings between you, your child and the staff working with your child
  • Liaising with all the other people who may be coming into school to help support your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Educational Psychologist etc
  • Updating the school’s SEND register (a system for ensuring all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that there are excellent records of your child’s progress and needs.
  • Monitoring and tracking assessment and progress to ensure pupils are getting quality first teaching opportunities.
  • Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible.
  • Completing specialist referrals with parents.
  • Liaising with and advising teachers and support staff.
  • Contributing to the in-service training for all staff, including governors.
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND policy.

The Executive Headteacher/ Head of school is responsible for:

  • The day to day management of all aspects of the school, this includes the support for children with SEND.
  • She will give responsibility to the SENCO and class teachers but is still responsible for ensuring that your child’s needs are met.
  • She must make sure that the Governing Body is kept up to date about any issues in the school relating to SEND.

The SEN Governor is responsible for:

  • The SEND governor, works with the Headteacher and SENCO to ensure relevant information is communicated to the Governing Body to enable the Governing Body to fulfil its role in evaluating success of the education provided for pupils with Special Educational Needs. The SEND Governor also assists and advises the Governing Body on fulfilling its Special Education responsibilities and ensures training is delivered to keep governors up to date with current changes.
  • Ensuring that the necessary support is provided for any child who has SEND, through termly meetings with the SENCO.

                 Glossary of some of the many SEND terms


Attention Deficit Disorder


Attention Deficit & Hyperactivity Disorder


Autistic Spectrum Disorder


Behaviour Support Services


Common Assessment Framework – which has now been replaced by “Early Help Form”


Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service


Code of Practice


Child Protection


Children and Young Person


English as an Additional Language


Enfield Early Help Form – which has replaced the CAF


Educational Health Care Plan


Educational Psychologist


Free School Meals


Family Liaison Officer


Hearing Impairment


Individual Education Plan


Key Stage


Local Authority


Looked After Child


Learning Mentor


Learning Support Plan


Moderate Learning Difficulty


National Curriculum


Occupational Therapist

Quality first teaching

The class teacher providing excellent support to all learners to ensure they make all are making progress


Pastoral Support Programme


Speech & Language Therapy


Special Educational Needs


Special Educational Needs & Disability


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator


Speech, Language and Communication Needs


Social, Emotional, Mental Health


Specific Learning Difficulty


Visual Impairment