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Seven Sisters Primary School - SEN Local Offer


Our vision:

At Seven Sisters Primary School, we will provide child centred learning within a stable, consistent and inspiring environment. We aim for our children to become independent, creative, innovative and reflective. We nurture and support all abilities and as an inclusive school we recognise the uniqueness and aspirations of all members of our school family. Through an inspirational curriculum our children will achieve and become lifelong achievers with a love of learning.


Every member of our school community is valued, listened to, supported and given skills and opportunities to develop and be the best they can be. We aim to make a difference to the lives of our community and prepare our children for an ever changing world.


How we know if a child has Special Educational Needs:

All children are different and have their own unique needs, and we recognise that some children may require additional support, as well as quality first teaching, in order to achieve and progress. 


According to the SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years (2015) the four categories of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) are:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs


Some of the ways we identify SEND are by looking at the following and seeing how the child compares to their friends:

  • A much slower rate of learning compared to other children their age.
  • Difficulties saying how they are feeling
  • Difficulty in saying what they might want or need
  • Friendship and social skills issues  
  • Emotional wellbeing.
  • Sensory needs
  • Poor motor skills – with co-ordination or balance e.g. running, jumping etc. and with more specific movements eg holding a pencil, cutting paper etc.


The following are not considered SEND but may impact on a child’s ability to learn and make progress in school:

  • Physical Disability
  • attending school every day and on time
  • Health and Welfare
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Receiving free school meals
  • Being a Looked After Child (LAC)
  • Being a child of a Serviceman/woman


What we do to help children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities:

If a child is recognised to have SEND the first thing we do is look at how we can improve the ways they are able to learn.  This normally means that they are given additional resources to support them which might include: templates, word banks, scaffolds and picture symbols, adult support and so on. 


Where deemed necessary, children are also provided with extra support from one of our team in school.  This might be a group session or something more personal and individual in nature.  We are very lucky to be able to offer a range of sessions which are both wellbeing and learning focused.  Children can access social skills, Counselling, therapeutic groups, Maths support, English support and health mentor support.


Support we offer for children’s health and general wellbeing:

Seven Sisters Primary School is committed to promoting health and wellbeing and we do this in a number of ways:

  • Health Mentoring sessions (Evolve Project HE:RO)
  • 1:1 Mentoring sessions
  • Hope in Haringey counselling and community links
  • Behaviour and relationship support groups
  • Bespoke Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) curriculum
  • Therapeutic Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Mindfulness activities in class – e.g. relaxation and calming strategies
  • Care Plans for individual medical needs which are reviewed by the Inclusion Lead and School Nurse
  • Medical Lists for every class, detailing specific needs, with instructions for medicines, allergies etc.
  • Regular school nurse visits
  • Photographs of children with food allergies are displayed visually for all lunchtime staff
  • Breakfast club (Free of charge)
  • After school club (Fee chargeable for some)


What happens if a child needs more specialised support?

If we decide that the child requires support from outside the school, we invite parents into school to discuss next steps.   


This may be a referral to the paediatric team at St. Ann’s Hospital, the Speech and Language Therapy service, Occupational Therapy or CAMHs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). 


Specialist external services we use when we think extra help is needed:

  • Educational Psychologist
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy
  • LAST – Language and Autism team
  • CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Hope in Tottenham – Syreeta McKay
  • Markfield Project
  • Early Help – Family Support Workers
  • Social Care where appropriate



All medicines are stored safely and are managed and administered by our Welfare Administrator, Lorna Douglas in the medical room.  Care plans are kept here also, and updated when needed.  All classes have care plans for their children in their classroom. Epi-Pens and Asthma Pumps are kept in yellow bags in the child’s classroom within easy reach if needed in an emergency.  We also have a school inhaler and a school Epipen.



All accidents are logged and, if resulting in head injury or something of a serious nature, parents are contacted by telephone.


Staff Training

The training our staff have received includes:

  • All Aboard Phonics
  • Talk for Writing
  • Team Teach
  • Communicate: In Print (using symbols to help comprehension of language)
  • Talk Boost (encouraging speaking in full sentences, listening to information, organising ideas etc.)
  • Setting up and running of Social Skills groups to help children get on with each other
  • Sensory training to support children on the Autistic Spectrum
  • Workstation training for children who need personal space for learning
  • Language group training
  • Child Protection training 
  • Prevent training
  • Annual Epi-Pen Training
  • First Aid training with St John’s Ambulance
  • Attachment training
  • ASD training
  • IEP report writing training
  • ELSA training
  • Emotionally Friendly Classrooms


How we include children in activities and school trips

Trips and visits are an integral part of learning and we believe that every child has the right to access them.  Sometimes, in order to ensure the health and safety of a child, we may request that a parent or carer accompanies them, but we understand that this is not always possible.  In this instance, we will try to allocate an adult from within the school to accompany the child in a 1:1 supporting role, and will work to make reasonable adjustments for them. 


Our school environment:

Seven Sisters Primary School is a large building set across 2 floors.  We have wheelchair ramps into the school, but access to the top floor is via stairs only.  If possible, reasonable adjustments will be made to integrate children into the school where learning occurs downstairs.


How we prepare children for joining and leaving our school:

When children with SEND join the school, we always encourage the family to come and have a meeting with the SENCo to discuss the provision that we can offer, and to find out their views and aspirations.  In addition to this, we liaise with the previous school or setting to find out as much as possible about the child as possible. 


For those children moving on to Secondary School, we will liaise with the new school to ensure provision is in place for them, and prepare children through workshops to help them get ready for the transition.    


How parents and families are involved in school life:

We see parents and families as partners in the lives of our children and as such, endeavour to involve them as much as possible in our school life.  Examples include

  • 2 x review meetings for SEN Support and EHCP children a year
  • 1 x Statement or EHC Plan Review a year
  • Weekly Chat Room for families of children with SEND
  • Parent Coffee mornings
  • Weekly newsletters
  • Meet the teacher sessions at the beginning of each school year


When a parent does not speak English, they are welcome to bring along a friend or family member to interpret for them.  


Who to contact for more information or to discuss a concern:

We are very lucky at Seven Sisters Primary in that we have many staff who know your child well, and who are available to talk to you.


If you want to discuss anything about your child your first point of contact is always the class teacher. 


If you wish to discuss anything relating to SEND please contact:

  • Claudia Rutigliano, our Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo)
  • Tara Welch, our Inclusion Manager and Assistant Head teacher. 



If you wish to make an appointment to see any of these members of staff, please call the school office on 020 8802 6670 and ask to speak to them.


For a more detailed over view please see the staffing structure on the school website.