Welcome to the John Perry primary School SEND page.

Here you will find a variety of resources, information and links to help support your child’s needs at home.

What is SEND?

You may hear schools, other parents and professionals talking about SEND – but what does it mean?

SEND stands for  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and having any of these can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. Your child or a child you know may have difficulties in these areas:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends
  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia or a delay in their learning
  • ability to understand things
  • concentration levels, for example because they have ADHD
  • physical ability to undertake tasks both at classroom level or in sports or play.

Who to talk to

If you think your child may have special educational needs, we have an active SEND team in school who will be happy to discuss your concerns.

Mrs G Hart is the School SENCo and Mrs V Walker is the Assistant Head for Inclusion.

Come and talk to us if you think your child needs any of the following help:

  • a special learning programme
  • extra help from a teacher or assistant
  • to work in a smaller group
  • observation in class or at break
  • help taking part in class activities
  • extra encouragement in their learning, eg to ask questions or to try something they find difficult
  • help communicating with other children
  • support with physical or personal care difficulties, eg eating, getting around school safely or using the toilet

There is a document provided by the government that might give you some further reading if you are interested or concerned.

Key Information

At John Perry we believe every child has the right to a good education.

They should learn the basic skills of reading, writing and mathematics through good quality teaching which meets their individual needs. However, a good primary education is more than this.

John Perry Primary School believes that children learn most effectively in a happy, fun and stimulating environment. We aim to provide an environment in which children feel safe and secure, so that they come to school eager to learn about and take part in new experiences.

We believe that self-confidence is important. We teach children to develop a sense of self-worth, to be able to express their own views and opinions and to be proud of who they are and what they have achieved. We want children to understand the values of respect, responsibility, care and the importance of community and belonging.

We aim for children to leave us well prepared for the next stage of their education; happy, able pupils with a sense of right and wrong, a belief in themselves, and their ability to achieve all they hope for.

Parent Guide

This is our very own SEN/D parent guide section. It contains information and support for parents.

Our Inclusion Manager is Mrs. V. Walker.

If you need any further support, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs V.  Walker.

Our Inclusion Team

Mrs V. Walker

Inclusion Manager

Mrs Sharon Ward

ARP Teacher

Mrs P Chilton

Intervention Space Lead

Miss T Mower

Speech & Language

Mrs K Mitchell

Speech & Language

Mrs T Corbally

Learning Mentor


  • Strategies of Support

  • Nurturing the Whole Child

  • What can Effect Learning


  • Neurowild

  • What is Neurodiversity?

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Selective Mutism

We have an Additional Resource Provision (ARP) for children with autism. This is funded by the Local Authority and they allocate places. Children enjoy a safe, dedicated space especially designed for their needs but placed firmly within our mainstream school.

What is the ARP?

This is a specialist provision where children from Reception to Year 6 whose primary need is Autism attend full time. It is a provision which can support children in making progress in several ways using the child’s Education Health Care plan outcomes to plan their curriculum and measure progress, support families with supporting their child at home.

Who decides which children attend the ARP?

The ARP is a specialist setting with additional resources which is funded by the Local Authority for children from Reception to Year 6. John Perry Primary School is directed on which children attend the ARP; this is decided by the Local Authority.
Children who have an Education Health Care Plan whose primary need is Autism are referred to the Local Authority via parental preference or by the Local Authority.

Who will be teaching your child?

ARP staff include:

  • Specialist SEN Teachers
  • Specialist Support Assistants


Our personalised curriculum focuses on preparing our pupils with transferable skills for life, living and working. Building communication, interaction, independence, play and learning skills. Our curriculum is adaptive and responds to the individual needs, strengths and interests of our pupils. It is skills and context-based.

Our pupil’s Education Health Care Plan Outcomes underpin all we do, and we prioritise parents’ views throughout.

We work within a flexible framework which is responsive to our pupil’s needs; promotes independence, thinking and problem-solving skills in a range of contexts thus preparing them for the next stages of their learning.
We strive to build emotional regulation and resilience in all to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.


Our personalised curriculum enables our pupils to take part in a wide range of experiences tailored to their needs, interests, and motivations. It is based on cognitive science and autism research.

We access support from within the borough with our planning and assessment. Our curriculum provides a provision map identifying curriculum content and coverage and a framework of suggested learning opportunities for how learning can be scaffolded.

It offers our pupils frequent and regular opportunities to repeat, retrieve and generalise knowledge and skills across contexts.
Individual priorities (as identified in EHCP Outcomes) are embedded in daily learning.


How do we know that the curriculum is making a difference?

We ensure the impact of our personalised curriculum by using observation to record what a child can do and the next steps, the use of assessment within one-to-one learning e.g., workstations to ensure skills are embedded and the use of Autism Education Trust Progression Framework to track progress across all areas.

Our pupils are at the heart of our curriculum and their Education Health Care plans outcomes are used to ensure the curriculum is having an impact on their progress.
We develop concepts which are the intentions that the pupils are working towards regardless of cognitive abilities. Within these concepts there are small steps, the pupils will gradually increase their understanding of them. This enables us to show both lateral and linear progression. We assess pupils understanding both in the task set and in comparing pupil’s work overtime.

Pupil progress meetings are held twice a year and include triangulation of available data and assessments, work scrutiny and observation and pupil’s voice. Contact with parents on a formal and informal basis ensures we gather parents’ priorities for their children and our termly meetings are held with parents to ensure they share how they feel their child is progressing. All this monitoring of progress impacts on the curriculum through planning the next steps for each child.


Click on the image below to see photos of our ARP.


How is the curriculum being delivered?

This is implemented through structured, personalised, and flexible teaching. We use a combination of teaching methods and adapt them to support the pupils learning styles and needs. We implement all outside professionals’ input throughout.

Learning over time

Our curriculum is designed to advance understanding, give our children opportunities for generalisation and opportunities to encounter learning objectives over time, revisiting and transferring knowledge until they can demonstrate the required degree of understanding.

Sensory (pre-formal learners): Pupils with profound and complex needs learn through consistent routines, sensory experiences and interaction with adults.

Primary (semi-formal and formal learners): Pupils learn through play, exploration, practical activities and community involvement


Our pupils are allocated a mainstream class where they can take part in learning in areas of strength. This enables our pupils to learn within larger groups of children, transfer learnt skills and knowledge to a different environment and teaching staff. A member of ARP staff supports our pupils in interacting with others and extending their learning as needed.