Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)


At Harleston Primary Academy, we aim to provide a happy, secure environment in which all children will grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, socially and physically. We believe in equal opportunities for all and the need to eliminate discrimination of all kinds. Our aims have been developed in line with our values-led curriculum. We want to ensure that all students enjoy high quality learning experiences through which they are able to achieve. Our inclusive ethos aims to encourage all pupils to be actively involved in their own learning. This involves valuing all pupils and staff equally in reducing barriers to learning and participation.  

What is SEND?

As set out in the SEND Code of Practice 2015, a child or young person has a special educational need if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them which is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.

Our SENDCo is Mrs Laura Botwright. If you would like to contact her then please email or phone the school on 01379 853211.

All mainstream schools (which includes maintained schools and academies) have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with SEND and are supported by the Local Authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.  All schools are supported to be inclusive, with the needs of pupils with SEND being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.

Additionally, schools have to provide details of the school specific offer which should reflect Norfolk SEND Local Offer.

The Local Offer has two key purposes:


  • To provide clear, comprehensive and accessible information about the provision available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families.  This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.
  • To make provision more responsive to local needs and aspirations by directly involving children and young people with SEND, parents/carers and service providers in its development and review.

As part of the Local Offer, all schools and county council’s must publish on their website information about what support there is for children with SEND in the school and cluster.

Please click on the link for information about Harleston C.E Primary Academy support for pupils with SEND as well as additional SEND information.

SEN Information Report

HPA Childrens Guide To SEND For Younger Pupils 1 (2)

HPA Childrens Guide To SEND For Older Pupils 1 (2)

SEND policy