SEND: Children with special educational needs and disabilities

Heathcoat Primary School is an inclusive, mainstream school and in accordance with our Equal Opportunities, SEND and Inclusion Policies we aim to provide all of our pupils with full access to the National Curriculum and Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Under the new SEND Code of Practice (DfE, 2014), a child is deemed to have Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, or SEND, if he or she has ‘significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age’, or his or her disability ‘prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school’. Special educational provision is needed for him or her, over and above that which can be met through high quality classroom teaching and differentiation.

Broad areas of need are identified as:

  • communication and interaction;
  • cognition and learning;
  • social, emotional and mental health difficulties;
  • sensory and/or physical needs.

They may be for a short period or throughout a child’s educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education.

The SEND Code of Practice sets out statutory guidance for schools.  A revised SEND Code of Practice was implemented in September 2014, with the main aim of developing better partnerships between children, parents/carers, educational settings, health professionals and social care.

The  SENDCo is Ruth Alphey and Kylie Ford is the assistant SENCO. Both members of staff can be contacted via the school office on 01884 252445

Meet the team!


School SEND information

Please follow the links for further information:

Who can I contact over the summer? Click here

SEND Code of Practice

HPS Accessibility-Plan-2019-2022.docx

Click here for information on what you can expect to be available for children and young people who have special educational needs in Devon across education, health and social care services.

Click here for HPS NEW SEND Info report

Click here for SEND-Policy-APRIL-2020

Helpful information for parents about SEN Support at Heathcoat Primary School can be downloaded here.

Flowchart for identifying a literacy difficulty

Parent training workshop

Chat Health poster

Public Health Nursing – Contact Details (PHN hubs)

Helping your child with anxiety 


School-based counselling offers a confidential service for children and young people. I work on building a secure-attachment so that I can create a safe space where the young person feels valved, understood and respected. The relationship is nurturing and accepting, so that the young person can explore themselves and their experiences. As an integrative counsellor I can draw on many different therapeutic models and find a way of working that suits the young person and their needs. Working using a creative/play based model is often preferred by young people because it is familiar to them and supports engagement on a sensory level.

HPS Counselling service

If your family has experienced a recent bereavement and you are worried about your children, you can contact the local child bereavement support charity on 01392 826064. They are called Balloons and will be able to give advice and support.

SEND home learning

Downloadable resources and links to learning material.Click here

Local Offer

Download the Heathcoat Primary Local Offer.Click here

SEND Support

This is a list of information websites, tips and resources.Click here

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