Burraton Community Primary School

Aspiration to Achieve,
Determination to Succeed


Special Educational Needs

What are Special Educational Needs?

Special Educational Needs are referred to as SEN; they can sometimes be referred to as SEND, which stands for Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities.

A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which requires educational provision which is ‘additional to and different from’ that of their same-age peers. These children would be listed on our school Record of Need.

Special Educational Needs fall broadly under four categories:

  • Communication and Interaction - difficulty expressing themselves, understanding what others are saying or socially interacting with others 
  • Cognition and Learning - difficulties in learning or retaining basic skills or a specific difficulty with reading, writing, mathematics or understanding information 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health - difficulties with friendships or in relating to adults, feelings of isolation, withdrawal or difficulties in regulating behaviour
  • Sensory and Physical - sensory impairments such as those affecting sight or hearing, or physical difficulties which impact on learning

A child or young person may have Special Educational Needs in more than one area and their needs may change over time. 

What should I do if I think my child has Special Educational Needs?

Discovering that your child may have Special Educational Needs can initially feel quite daunting. It is, however, the first step towards recognising some of the amazing strengths (and there are many!) as well as the potential barriers for your child in order to ensure that they get the very best out of their education. 

Sometimes, as a parent / carer, you may be the first person to realise that your child has SEN - after all, no one knows your child better than you! If you have concerns about your child’s progress or feel that your child may have Special Educational needs, you should first talk to your child’s class teacher and / or the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo.), Mrs Cassandra Langmead :  send@burraton.cornwall.sch.uk

The following organisations may also be able to provide information, guidance and support to parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs:

SENDIASS - https://cornwallsendiass.org.uk/ - information, advice and support service

Care and Support in Cornwall - https://www.supportincornwall.org.uk/kb5/cornwall/directory/home.page - a website for residents of Cornwall requiring care and support

National Autistic Society - https://www.autism.org.uk/

ADHD Foundation - https://www.adhdfoundation.org.uk/

Young Minds - https://www.youngminds.org.uk/ - supporting young people’s mental health

Dyslexia Cornwall - https://www.dyslexiacornwall.org.uk/


Welcome to SEND at Burraton Community Primary School

Burraton School is an inclusive school; we welcome all children, regardless of need or ability. We believe all children deserve the best possible start in life and we aim to enrich the experiences of all pupils.

Our staff are skilled in recognising the individual needs of children and the SEND team become involved in the early stages.

We endeavour to support every child with SEND using strategies and interventions designed to overcome their barriers to learning.

We actively seek both pupil and parent voice at every stage, from identification and assessment, through to reviewing the support in place. We encourage parents to ask questions and we offer a variety of methods for supporting families and sharing information.

Our aim is to train and develop all teachers and LSAs in their understanding of SEND; we are all teachers of children with SEND.

Who are we?

SEND Team (ID 1111)


Further information:

Burraton CP School documentation:

SEND Annual Information Report - for an outline of Burraton C P School’s approach to identifying and supporting children with SEND. ((SEND Annual Information Report)

SEND Policy - for Burraton C P School’s SEND policy (see Policies section).

Accessibility Plan - for information on how we: (see Policies section)

  • Increase the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the curriculum
  • Improve the physical environment of the school to enable disabled pupils to take better advantage of education, benefits, facilities and services provided
  • Improve the availability of accessible information to disabled pupils.

Parent Support Advisor leaflet -  (to follow) to find out how our PSA can support you and your child.

An overview of the support on offer for children with SEND at Burraton CP School 


Local (Cornwall Council) documentation:

New Cornwall Council Guidance and Information document  - Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs

Cornwall Council graduated response - strategies and policies - https://www.cornwall.gov.uk/graduatedresponse

National documentation:

SEND Code of Practice - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25

Please find a link to our Hamish and Milo story - https://hamishandmilo.org/burraton-community-primary-school-cornwall/

SEND Action Plan

Strategies for Supporting SEND in the inclusive classroom

Mental Health and Wellbeing - Who Can Help?

Mental Health Support Team Leaflet for Parents

Supporting Children with Speech Sound Difficulties


By phone: 01752 843019 option 2

By email: SEND@burraton.cornwall.sch.uk

Come and see us - we have an open door policy