Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Our SEND Team

Gemma Blair

Special Education Needs and Disability Assistant and Pastoral Lead


Tom Hodgson

Special Education Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDco)


Lisa Betts

Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead


What Is SEND?

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disability. A child who has a learning difficulty or disability, which is a barrier to them making age-expected progress, may require additional, often specialist, provision. This additional provision sits outside of the usual quality-first teaching.


There are four areas of SEND:

  • Communication and Interaction.

  • Cognition and Learning.

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.

  • Physical and/or Sensory Needs.

Children may fall under one or more of these areas of need.


What Can Shaldon Do To Help?

At Shaldon we are passionate about enabling children to reach their full potential irrespective of their level of need. We maintain the highest expectations and endeavour to do all we can to help all children flourish.

The staff at Shaldon have a wealth of experience in dealing with children with SEND. If you want to know more about the provision for your child or want to find out more about a particular area of need, please do speak to your class teacher or class support staff. You can also contact Gemma Blair at gemma.blair@acexcellence.co.uk or Tom Hodgson, the school’s SEND co-ordinator at tom.hodgson@acexcellence.co.uk.

SEND Documents

For further information please see on our Policies page