Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Riverview CofE Primary and Nursery School provides a caring, learning environment where staff, parents, governors and friends work together to develop the whole child, through a broad and challenging curriculum, which provides opportunities for success for all. We enable each child to have full access to the curriculum regardless of ethnicity, gender, physical ability and special educational needs. At Riverview, every teacher is a teacher of every pupil, including those with SEND.

A person has Special Educational Needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which makes it much harder for them to learn than other pupils of the same age and therefore needs specialist education provision to enable them to access learning. Disability is when a person has a physical or mental difficulty which has a significant and long-term effect on their ability to carry out activities. This can include a long-term illness.  

There are 4 main areas of SEND need

  • Communication and Interaction (CI)
  • Cognition and Learning (CL)
  •  Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Sensory/Physical (SP) 

Communicating and interacting – for example, where children and young people have speech, language and communication difficulties which make it difficult for them to make sense of language or to understand how to communicate effectively and appropriately with others

Cognition and learning – for example, where children and young people learn at a slower pace than others their age, have difficulty in understanding parts of the curriculum, have difficulties with organisation and memory skills, or have a specific difficulty affecting one particular part of their learning performance such as in literacy or numeracy

Social, emotional and mental health difficulties – for example, where children and young people have difficulty in managing their relationships with other people, are withdrawn, or if they behave in ways that may hinder their and other children's learning, or that have an impact on their health and wellbeing

Sensory and/or physical needs – for example, children and young people with visual and/or hearing impairments, or a physical need that means they must have additional ongoing support and equipment

To find out more about SEND provision at Riverview, please click on the attachments below:

Useful websites for parents:

Surrey Local Offer - this website/online hub offers advice to parents and staff about SEND support in Surrey. 

Qwell - offers online mental health and wellbeing support for parents and carers with children between the age of 0 to 25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Qwell is free to use and offers one-to-one online text chat counselling sessions with trained counsellors, along with access to self-help tools and forums.

National Autistic Society Surrey Branch - online forum to find out more about ASD and support available to children/parents in Surrey

Contact - website with information for families with disabled children (Advice and Information, Finance and benefits, Online forums, Social care and much more)