St Joseph's Catholic Primary School


 Our SEND Universal Offer

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is committed to ensuring all children succeed and reach their full potential. All of our children are treated fairly and as individuals in their own right. We work in partnership with our children, parents and outside agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes. We have high expectations for all of our children and provide support and intervention, where needed, to ensure they are successful and happy in school.

For a detailed outline of our school’s ‘Universal Offer’ download here

Poole Local Authorities' commitment and provision for children with SEND can be found here

Children that are identified as having a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) are monitored on the schools SEND register, under the guidance of Mrs Nettie Hodson, the school SEND coordinator. 

The teachers at St Joseph's will work with Mrs Hodson to create individual targets for the children, recorded as 'target cards'. These targets are monitored on a termly basis and they also record the additional support and provision that the pupil is receiving.   

Children can move on and off the SEND register during their time at school, depending on the identified needs and progress made. 

There are 4 main areas of SEND, as specified in the SEND Code of Practice 2014:

Speech, Language and Communication Needs:

We have a very experienced Teaching Assistant - Mrs McMaster, who works closely with the SALT service and has received lots of SALT training to work with children in the afternoons. We are also running small language groups for reception children. 

All classes have visual timetables displayed each day and environments/displays are language rich. Here is a visual timetable to use at home, which may be useful. All staff have received vocabulary training. 

Cognition and Learning:

Teachers differentiate their lessons to support learners working at different levels. Hands on, practical resources are used in class where appropriate to visually represent certain concepts.

For children that need additional reading support, Miss Molly provides additional practice for children across Key Stage 2. 

Mrs Hodson is a specialist dyslexia teacher and assessor; listed on the British Dyslexia Association website. She is able to assess pupils in school and provide teachers with advice on how to support children with specific learning needs.  Here are some ideas to practice spellings at home.

We can link with specialist school outreach services - Winchelsea and Montacute to support children with more complex learning needs in school. 

Physical Disability:

We work closely with the Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services to incorporate individual exercise programmes into the school day. Mrs Keohan escorts selected children to special sports days and events at Victoria school and events in the sports inclusion league. 

We have regular support from the Hearing Support service to support certain children and we check rooms are acoustically supportive for pupils with hearing needs. We have a stairlift to access the music room upstairs. 

Here is a useful booklet to support with sensory needs. 

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs:

 Monty and Toby, our school therapy dogs provide much loved support and care throughout the school day for many children. 

We are lucky to have 2 trained Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) to provide individual emotional support for children. This targeted support usually takes place over a 6 week block and then we can review whether further support is required, our ELSAs are Mrs Ward and Mrs Corbin.

Mrs Hodson is the Designated Mental Health Lead in school and can provide direct support or advise other staff on how to support children. 

 We can link with Longspee school to support children with more complex needs in school. and signpost  and refer to other specialist agencies where appropriate. 

Look at this handy NHS handout on how to manage stress (useful ideas for children and adults!). 

Here are some tips on how to manage anxiety in children. 


Please see below for some training sessions/courses that parents might find useful.

Sancreed Road, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4DZ

01202 741932