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Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disability information

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

At Holy Cross, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils based on three principles:

  • setting suitable learning challenges;
  • responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs;
  • overcoming potential barriers to learning.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.

For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy outlines the educational support we provide – this is often referred to as our ‘SEND Offer’, detailed below. This provision is alongside the St. Helens Local Offer.


Key Contact

The Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator is Miss Chauveau.

Miss Chauveau can be contacted via the school office.


The SENCO ensures that all staff follow the SEND Code of Practice to support the needs of our pupils.  This may be provided through carefully differentiated work, additional support by an adult in a small group, one to one teaching time with a Teaching Assistant or using specialist services from outside the school.


St. Helens Local Offer can be found here



Support for Parents

ADHD Foundation has a support group and helpful information to support parents and carers


National Autistic Society has local support groups and information for parents and carers


Liverpool Dyslexia Association


Dyslexia and Dyscalculia information and support from the British Dyslexia Association 


Sensory Processing Disorder advice and guidance for parents and carers


Speech and Language support, advice and guidance for parents and carers