Our Approach to SEN

According to the ‘SEND Code of Practice’ (last updated April 2020), there are 4 broad areas that can be identified in supporting children with additional needs. This enables schools to take action in implementing additional support as required. These 4 areas are:

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Issues
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs

In practice, however, children often have needs that cut across multiple areas and may change over time.

The class teacher is usually the first person to notice that the child needs extra help. If this is the case then they will ask for a meeting with the SENDCo to discuss strategies; with an initial assessment likely to follow. If these strategies are not working and the child is becoming significantly behind their peers in any area then a discussion with parents/carers about the possibility of putting the child on the SEND register will take place. If a child is identified as having additional needs (either academically or developmentally), individual assessments take place to highlight primary and secondary barriers to learning and additional support is put into place. This can either be through alternations to teaching or the learning environment; or through discrete interventions targeting a child’s specific need.

We pride ourselves in having open communication between school and parents; this is vital for every child to receive the support they need. A termly IPM (Individual Provision Map) outlines the support each child receives and is sent home to parents 3 times a year. In addition to this, we hold face-to-face meetings between teachers and parents to further detail the additional support each child receives.

If you have any concerns regarding your child then please raise your concerns with the class teacher and/or the SENDCo Mr Gatrill (mtadmin@trinityefmt.dalesmat.org).

The SEND Information Report has been written as a response the North Yorkshire County Council Local Offer. This outlines what we provide as a school to all children with an identification of SEND.

Please click on the links at the bottom of this page to access our SEND Policy and SEN Information Report.


SEND Local Offer

North Yorkshire County Council have published their local offer for children and families from 0-25. This outlines what is available for children and young people with SEND in our Local Authority.

All schools are required to provide information to parents on how to seek additional support beyond that which is ‘normally available’ for their child.

The main aim of the local offer is to enable families to see readily the support they can expect locally without having to struggle to find the information. If there is any information that you would like to know that is not on the website then please do not hesitate to contact Mr Gatrill (SENCo).

Please click on the link at the bottom of this page to access North Yorkshire’s SEND Local Offer.


The Provision Map for our two schools.

A provision map is a tool which provides an ‘at a glance’ way of documenting and showing the range of provision, additional staffing and support that we make available to our  pupils. 

Our Provision Map outlines the 4 main areas of need we use in supporting children with SEND; the quality first teaching we put in place to support those needs; possible additional support strategies or interventions that can be put in place and our desired outcomes as a result of that support. Often, the needs of SEN children will straddle more than one area of need.

Children will receive the support that is best suited for them to help them in moving on in their learning.


Useful Links:

SEND Code of Practice

North Yorkshire Local Offer

North Yorkshire Parent Carer Voice – Parent Carer Forum for North Yorkshire

SENDIASS North Yorkshire – Parent/Carer Support Service


Useful Documents:

SEND Policy

SEN Provision Map

SEN Information Report