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SEND at Lickhill Primary


Some children may find learning more difficult to access than others. They may have difficulty with:


  • Reading, writing and maths

  • Understanding information and expressing themselves

  • Organising themselves

  • Processing their thoughts and ideas

  • Managing their behaviour

  • Understanding their emotions

  • SALT

  • Mental wellbeing; such as anxieties or traumas

  • Making friends and playing or working with others and reading social situations.

  • Sensory or physical needs such as hearing, visual impairment or fine motor control

  • Medical or health conditions


Some children require a little extra support through “Quality First Wave 1” teaching in order to access learning.  This provision is available for all children. 


Sometimes, despite this, children may need further interventions to close gaps in learning when not meeting “age related expectation”.  In this case, staff will have identified their particular area of need and agreed a suitable intervention to support this difficulty.  At this point, your child may have been placed on the SEND register to monitor progress and measure the impact of the interventions more closely. This is referred to as SEND support.


For those pupils who, despite ongoing targeted support, are making little or no progress, we may need to reach out to external agencies for support and to advise the school. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, you should first talk to your child’s class teacher.


Working together with your child’s teacher will often help to sort out worries and problems.


Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is also available for support.


Meet the team!!!


School SENCO – Mrs K Jones

Hello. I am Mrs Jones and I am the Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at Lickhill Primary School.


In every school there is a SENDCo, who is responsible for co-ordinating help for children with special educational needs and disabilities. There are many and varied reasons why children and parents may need the support of the school SENDCo. It is part of my role to work with you and your child to help them achieve their full potential and to keep you updated with the support we have put in place and how your child is progressing.

SENDCO Assistant/Thrive Lead – Mrs S Roberts & Ron our Thrive dog!

Hello, I am Mrs Roberts and as well as supporting Mrs Jones with Co-ordinating SEND across Lickhill, I also support with staff CPD in delivering particular interventions such as SALT and precision. I support Mrs Jones in the monitoring of the impact of the interventions put in place and discuss next steps.


I also support children in more bespoke interventions such as memory, SALT, Language for Thinking, self-esteem, bereavement, physical development and fine motor skills and much more.


As Thrive lead, I support children and their families in managing and understanding emotions and we work through difficulties together.


I am responsible for training and managing our Thrive Ambassadors, our wonderful group of Year 5 and 6 children who are on hand to support children throughout the school day. I also help Mrs Rodriguez in supporting staff and children with Mental Health and Wellbeing. I deliver Family Thrive sessions as well as being involved in supporting children with managing transitions throughout the school, especially for our children moving up to High School.

Mental Health and Wellbeing First Aider – Mrs K Rodriguez.

HI! I'm Mrs Rodriguez and I am the Mental Health and Personal Development lead here at Lickhill Primary School. 


I am a trained Mental Health First Aider who can signpost professional support when needed. I work closely with the WEST (Wellbeing and Emotional Support Team (NHS)) to refer children for 1:1 trained support for low level anxiety and poor mental health. The WEST team also come into school to lead workshops for children, parents and staff. 


I am a licenced Thrive practitioner and co-ordinate the whole school approach including overseeing whole class screenings, small group and 1:1 interventions. I lead refresher training for staff, family Thrive training for our parents and also work with all classes in school to develop their understanding of the brain and self regulation strategies. 


I also oversee the behaviour approach here at Lickhill, ensuring it promotes the underpinning knowledge we have about how the brain develops in our children.