SEND - Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

At Wheatley Hill Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.


At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum, Wheatley Hill Primary School remains committed to:

• A range of teaching and learning styles
• Differentiated learning materials
• Access to ICT and Technology
• Additional in class support
• Additional out of class support
• Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
• Flexible groupings – including small group support work
• An innovative and supportive curriculum including a focus on Outdoor Learning
• The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
• A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including homework club, sporting clubs, first aid club, Share-a-Story club and cookery
• Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
• Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.

Teaching and Learning Policy 2017

Staff in school have regular training, known as CPD, to help ensure we are delivering the most up to date techniques within our school.  Our SENDCo, Joy Hodgkinson, delivers most of that training in school from the training she attends in her role. Most recently she has had training on ASD, SEN Support Plans, tracking and targeting children, interventions and setting priorities for SEND children.

At times school will receive training from other agencies, who work with schools to support our teaching and delivery for our SEND children.

This academic year we have had the following training:

Whole staff training

  • Dyslexia- Led by Durham County Council- strategies to support children struggling in literacy.

  • Dyscalculia- Led by Durham County Council- strategies to support children struggling in numeracy.

  • Gross and fine motor skills and handwriting training- led by NHS Occupation therapists.

  • Speech and Language training – led by NHS Speech and Language department.

  • ASD classroom friendly training led by the ASC team from Durham County Council.

  • Lego therapy training led by the ASC team for Durham County Council.

Upcoming training this year for whole staff–

As a school, we endeavour, to focus our training needs around the children we have in school.  We are always seeking guidance and support from the professionals who work closely with us to ensure our SEND children are learning and developing.

Promoting Equality


A statement of intent. This section explains the inclusive nature of Wheatley Hill school. It explains how the school values diversity and welcomes families and pupils from all backgrounds including those with SEND.

Supporting Pupils


This section outlines to procedures and systems in place to support pupils with SEND in school. It explains the different tools that the school utilises and explains how teaching is modified to meet the needs of the pupils.

Identification Of SEND


A brief overview of the processes that the school goes through in order to support the early identification and assessment of a SEN. This outlines to role of the school, parents and other agency involvement.

Pastoral, Medical & Social


This section explains how Wheatley Hill Primary supports pupils in non-academic ways. Please find information about our school pastoral and inclusion workers. You will also find information about the other services we work with to support the inclusion of pupils with SEND.



Here you will find information about how the school consults with parents and pupils with SEND. This section outlines the need for pupil involvement (if appropriate) in target setting and reviewing to ensure their needs are being met.

Types Of SEND


A brief overview of the different areas of SEND that we support in school. This also contains a general description of these areas.