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Our School View

At Gardners Lane we have an inclusive approach to teaching your children. We encourage our pupils to have high aspirations and to work hard to achieve their dreams.

When a child has a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) we will provide extra help, intervention programmes and resources to ensure that they can take part in all lessons and activities in and out of school safely, happily and with confidence.

Our school is fully accessible to all learners.


Children with SEND may have difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

Cognition and Learning- difficulties with learning in subject areas, particularly Reading, Writing and Maths.

Communication and Interaction- difficulties with speech and language.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health-difficulties with self-esteem, working and playing with others and managing feelings.

Sensory and/or Physical Needs- difficulties with sight, hearing or other medical diagnoses.

Children with English as an Additional Language (EAL) do not necessarily have a SEND but are given appropriate support to access the curriculum.

SEND Support

SEND Support

We can help your child in lots of different ways. Sometimes small group work is effective; sometimes some 1-to-1 support is needed. Your child may benefit from different resources or teaching techniques. Our staff training is ongoing and develops knowledge and skills to improve teaching and learning. We use a wide variety of interventions that boost learning and enable children to ‘catch-up’. Our Pastoral Support Team ensures that children are happy, resilient and ready to learn.

There are many people that the school can go to for extra help and advice:

The Educational Psychology Service

The Advisory Teacher Service

Speech and Language Therapists

Health Services- including the school nurse

Children and Young People’s Service (CYPS)

Together with you, your child and these professionals we identify any difficulties your child may have and decide the best support to move them on in their learning and help them to be successful. We hold meetings with you and your child at least 3 times a year to review the progress your child is making, to listen to what you and your child would like to have happen and then to set new targets for the following term. We record these targets on a My Plan or a My Plan+ though for children with more complex needs an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) may be more appropriate.

If your child has medical or personal care needs we will work together with you to ensure they are met fully.

When children change classes or move schools we pass on detailed information to make the changeover as stress free and smooth as possible.

Identification of needs and support

Every child’s attainment and progress is closely monitored. A range of information from tests, assessments and observations let us identify children who need more help. They will have lessons adapted for them, may receive extra adult support in the classroom or may have targeted support either in small group withdrawal or 1-1 intervention. Your child’s class teacher will discuss this with you and your child and at regular review times will share their progress towards the targets that will have been set out on an individual education plan called a My Plan or My Plan +. The TAs leading intervention and the SEND Lead are also happy to talk to you about what is working well and any concerns.

Sometimes children have more complex needs than can be addressed through the Plans. When this happens parents and school work together with other professionals and request that the Local Authority provide a detailed assessment of needs that could lead to an EHC Plan and additional funding to meet those needs.

Contacting Us

School Office-(01242) 515761

Email: admin@gardnerslane.gloucs.sch.uk

If you have concerns teachers are able to talk before or after school or an appointment can be made by phoning the office.

Or you can contact:

SEND Lead: Joan Morrison

SEND Governor: Julie Hunt

Further information

The SEND Policy can be found on the school website

The Gloucestershire Parent Partnership Service (GPPS) can offer advice and help.


Freephone 0800158 3603

Gloucestershire’s Local Offer can be found at: www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk

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