Special Education (SEN)

Special Educational Needs (SEND) at Sherwell Valley Primary

The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Leader (SENDCo) at Sherwell Valley Primary is Hannah Sennett.  She oversees the provision and needs for all pupils within the school including Little Valley and the Nursery.

She is always happy to meet with you or talk over the phone should you have any queries or concerns about your child. To book an appointment, please ring the school office: 01803 613296 or email admin@svps1.com

Who else can help if your child has SEND?

  • Your child’s Class Teacher
  • The Local Authority Website: http://www.torbay.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/send/            Tel: 01803 201201 main switch board
  • Visit the SENDIASS Torbay website which provides information, advice and support for young people & parents/carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities aged 0-25.        http://sendiasstorbay.org.uk/

Our SEND Information Report

Please click on the link below to read our SEN Information Report for 2016/17 to support our pupils with additional needs.

Special Educational Needs Information Report: click here

Our School Offer

Please click on the link below to find out what provision we offer all pupils, including those with Special Educational Needs…

To view our local offer, click here.

To view the Torbay Local Authority Offer: click here.

Our SEND Policy

Please click on the link below to see how we provide for our pupils with Special Educational Needs.

Special Educational Needs Policy: click here

Our Accessibility Plan

To view our Accessibility Plan: click here

Our Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions Policy

To view our policy on managing pupils with medical conditions: click here

Supporting Children’s Mental Wellbeing

Attachment Awareness

We have several members of staff who have been working towards Sherwell Valley becoming an Attachment Aware School. Sharon Vallance has completed training with Louise Bomber, author of many books on the subject including ‘Inside I’m Hurting’. Lisa Johnson is almost at the end of her training along the same lines, while Vicky Nevisky and Alison Clarke have learnt about Attachment Based Mentoring, which combines knowledge of attachment with coaching skills. Our aim is for all members of staff to have an awareness of Attachment issues and how they impact on children’s learning in the classroom. We have had several success stories already!


We have recently increased our number of Thrive trained practitioners as Tina Grimes has completed a 10 day training course. This enables them to assess children and deliver the Thrive programme to support pupils with interruptions in their emotional development. This important work goes on throughout the school in many different formats and children will be working hard without realising!

Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing

We are also very fortunate to have Miss Vass and Mrs Seabrook who are currently studying for degrees in Child Development, including social, emotional and mental health issues. Their studies are already having a direct impact on their work in different classes and children are benefitting from staff having a more thorough understanding of the issues that affect their engagement with learning.

Other Expertise in School

We have several members of staff who have been trained in Mindfulness techniques and they have been successfully passing these strategies on to children in many classes. As with the Thrive programme, the benefits of Mindfulness are supported by studies in brain science and enable children to focus more positively on their academic work and also to learn how to relax. Many staff also use Coaching in their work with children, which in turn supports our Growth Mindset ethos in developing resilience. The evidence can be seen in many classes as children are encouraged to work independently and to persevere when faced with a challenge.

Where can you find more information and support?

If you are interested in aspects of SEND, the following websites could be extremely useful:



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