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At Richmond, there is a range of staff to support all children, including those with additional needs. These staff include the Headteacher (a qualified SENCo), the school SENCo, Class Teachers, LSA’s and Learning Mentors.

If you have any concerns or queries regarding your child, please talk to the class teacher in the first instance or alternatively contact the office and request a conversation with regards to specific SEND needs (via the )


If you would like any further information on the admission of pupils with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, please either see our Local Offer Page for details or see the below policies via the polices page / hyperlinks:

Defining SEND

At Richmond Avenue Primary School, we use the definition of Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) given in the SEN Code of practice (2015):

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made to him or her. A child or young person has a learning difficulty if he or she:

  • Has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

Special education provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age.


Identification of SEND 

Areas of Need - 

We aim to support all children in their development in the most appropriate way possible and celebrate effort as much as achievement, however we recognise that individual children may have needs that cross over into two or more of these area and their needs may change over time.



Learners with any additional SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) will receive the same opportunities and access as non-SEND learners across their time in SECAT schools. SECAT actively listen to the views of our parents and learners.

We recognise that learners with SEND may need alternative choices and pathways to achieve their goals in their time across SECAT, whilst still ensuring that we have high aspirations and ambitions for all our learners.

This will be undertaken by ensuring that appropriate adaptations and support is given based on individual learners needs. Staff will work to ensure additional services, beyond SECAT, are sought when appropriate to enable learners to progress and develop to the best of their abilities.

More details on entitlemtn for pupils with SEND can be read at the bottom of this page. 


If you have any further questions regarding our provision for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities, please do not hesitate to contact the Inclusion team.

You can either:-

Contact the school via phone; 01702 292 197

Email concerns or questions to;

Arrange a meeting  to speak to the SENCO or Pastoral Support team.

If you feel that you need to make a complaint at any time, please refer to our School Complaints Procedure policy. Alternatively, you can contact a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

The Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Local Offer is available on the SHIP (Southend Help and Information Point) website. It tells parents how to access services in their area and what to expect from these services. The SENCO is the LAC Designated Teacher and she, or a member of the Pastoral Support team will attend PEP meetings for Looked After Children (LAC) 

The Inclusion Team consists of:

Headteacher: (Qualified SENCO): Miss Moneypenny

SENCo: Mrs S Hicks 

Designated Teacher for LAC: Mrs S Hicks

Pastoral Support Team: Mrs V Forde, Mrs S Treveil 

The Inclusion Team are responsible for:-

  • Ensuring that all children on the SEND register receive the appropriate support so that they can learn and achieve to their potential
  • Monitoring the support for children with Special Educational Needs, Medical Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND), social and emotional difficulties,
  • Developing the school’s SEND Policy to make sure all children receive a consistent, high quality provision to meet their needs in school.

Ensuring that parents / carers are:

  • Kept informed about the support their child is getting.
  • Involved in supporting their child’s learning.
  • Involved in reviewing their progress along with your child.
  • Working with all the other agencies who may be involved in supporting your child’s learning e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, counsellors, early help and physiotherapists etc.  
  • Making sure that there are excellent records of children’s progress and needs.
  • Providing specialist support and training for teachers and support staff in the school so they can help children with SEND in the school achieve the best progress possible


Online Learning Support

Below are some online resources to help support you and your child:

Supporting Communication & Language at home: 

Speaking & Listening Activities:  

Managing routines at home:

BBC Parent SEN Toolkit:

Advice from the Department for Education for parents of children with SEN:

There are lots of online resources available for all children, however these ones maybe particularly useful for children with SEN:


Please follow the link below to the Ruth Miskin website – during the closure period they are playing daily phonic and spelling sessions.  Ruth Miskin produces a series of letter formation rhymes the children use at school to help their letter formation.


The government have rolled out a national online academy lesson service so that pupils can access lessons online. You can select by year group or by subject. They are also in process in offering specific support for SEN children.


The BBC have released a range of lessons and games to support children from Reception through to Year 10. You can access any lesson you feel is appropriate to your child.

Here are links to the documents the school to teach the reading and spelling of these word lists. If your child has an Individual Support Plan (ISP), there maybe targets relating to a specific number of these words, here is the full list so you are able to see how the target links in with the rest of the words. Should you child meet their target, you can see the next group of words they need to work on.

High Frequency Words (HFW)

EP Services 

There are a number of resources that have been sourced by the Educational Psychologist Service. They are offering a series of live webinar talks each day, and their videos can be found on their Youtube channel for viewing after.

They have also increased the hours of their EPConnect helpline service for parents should they need support.

EP outreach flyer

Supporting your child with SEN at home;

General Advice about EHCP’s & annual reviews

Southend Local Authority have produced a parent information pack specifically for parents of children with SEN in Southend.  Please click on the link below:

Southend parent pack

Home Learning for SEND pupils: 

To support Parents and Carers with their children, whilst home at these times, Southend have produced a learning Pack for Parents of SEND children. It can be read here