S.E.N. Relevant Links and Information

Dear Parents,

The school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Fran Lobban. Her contact details and further information regarding provision can be found on the school’s Local Offer and Information Report documents on the policies page.

Please scroll down to the area of need that interests you and click on the headings. These will lead you straight to the online sites.

If there is an area of need that is not yet included on this page, please see Mrs Lobban, who will research reliable and recognised sites, and add these to this page.

Support for parents of pupils with SEND

Scope is a charity that actively supports parents and families of children with SEND. There are support networks locally, in addition to other services. These services are FREE and confidential, and  include a befriender service, Face2face support among others. Please use the links below to see how this service may be of support to you and your family.

SCOPE – home page

Scope – parents supporting parents Scope

Scope – parents supporting parents Scope.dates

Parenting Courses 2017

Please see if there is support suitable for the age of your child. Additional information can be found using the links. These are FREE!

0 – 12 months – Redruth Start date Friday 2nd June  Incredible years 0 – 12

1 – 3 years – Gooseberry Bush Start date Tuesday 25th April  Incredible years 1 – 3

3 – 6 years – Pool Start date Wednesday 26th April  Incredible years 3 – 6

6 – 12 years – Camborne Start date Monday 24th April Incredible years 6 – 12

Supporting parents of children with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) Start date Thursday 8th April Time out from ASD

Eating Difficulties Wednesday 10th May Eating difficulties – children and young people

Keeping our families and children healthy!

Change 4 Life has now rebranded as Food SMART. The revised and updated website has lots of information about how to make manageable and positive lifestyle changes to support the health and well-being of you and your family. There is also a free app, with on the go info…. enjoy!

Be Food Smart

Sepsis awareness

On 15 December the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, launched a new sepsis awareness campaign, supported by UK Sepsis Trust, to raise awareness of the key symptoms of sepsis amongst parents of children aged 0-4.

Acting quickly could save a child’s life. The campaign encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to go to A&E immediately or call 999 if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

The campaign will be launched with a series of new videos explaining the key symptoms, fronted by campaigner Melissa Mead, and a number of other families affected by the condition, as well as the release of posters and leaflets below to help raise awareness.

Sepsis information leaflet


For more information visit  www.nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org.

Sleep solutions

Cerebra is a charity to support parents and their children with sleep difficulties. If you are experiencing sleep difficulties with your child, use these links below. We all need a good night’s sleep, parents as well as children!

Guides to parents

Sleep advice

Help in your area

Stress helpline

SCOPE are offering sleep workshops in our area, for parents of pupils with sleep difficulties. Please access the leaflet using the links below for more information.

Sleep Workshop – Truro – Feb 2017

Sleep Workshop – Weeth Primary School – Jan 2017

For more information about Sleep Solutions and Scope, follow the link below:

Scope – Sleep solutions

School Immunisation Programme

All pupils in Y1, Y2 and Y3 have received their information leaflet explaining about the School Immunisation Porgramme in Cornwall this year. For more information please use the link below:

Kernow Health: School Immunisation Programme

NHS Kernow: parents encouraged to immunise children against flu

Cornwall’s Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Disability Cornwall has secured the contract for the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly SENDIASS for the next three years. This service is independent of the Local Authority and is available to children and young people with SEND, their families and the professionals that work with them.

SENDIASS provides information, advice and support for any child or young person aged 0-25 with a special educational need or disability and their parents and families. Their service is confidential, impartial, accessible and free.

They can assist with:

  • Understanding the Local Offer, personal budgets, the law on SEN and disability, health and social care
  • Advice on SEN support, Education, Health and Care plans and can refer parents  to one of our Independent Supporters
  • Preparation for meetings and when relevant attend meetings with parents, children and young people
  • Resolving disagreements, including mediation and tribunal support
  • Offering  confidential information and advice  to children young people around SEN issues
  • Linking parents/ carers and young people with local support groups and forums.

Contact SENDIASS’s friendly and professional team by:


SEND 0 to 25 – Knowing where we are, moving forward together

Different people and groups have a range of experiences and views about what it means to live in Cornwall and have special educational needs and / or disability (SEND), to have a family member with SEND or to work with children and young people with SEND.

Together we can draw together a shared understanding of SEND in Cornwall and have a clear view of what needs to happen next.

Every part of the country has to have a Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), evidence about what life is like. Cornwall Council wants to share this, and some broader SEND information, with a wide range of people so we can identify what is important to keep the same or to change in the future.

How can you take part?

Watch out for details about on line information when you will be able to say what your experience is like and identify what is important to you.  The online survey will be live from 9 November to 9 December 2016.

Prefer discussing face to face?

Meetings have been arranged where there will be a presentation and opportunities for discussion and feedback. These are informal and open to everyone who has an interest in SEND.

  • Wednesday, 9 November 2016- The Pavilion, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge
  • Wednesday, 23 November 2016- The Lecture Theatre, Penwith College, St Clare, Penzance
  • Friday, 25 November 2016 -The Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre, RCH Treliske, Truro (If possible, please use the Langarth Park and Ride which is located on the west side of Truro on the A390 at Threemilestone for an easier cheaper car parking option. The postcode is TR4 9AN)

All events will be 10.00 am – 12.00 noon


National Child Measurement Programme 2016.17

Pupils in Reception and Y6 are measured in schools every year. School will contact all parents with information about this. Please use the link below for further information.

NCMP Information for Parents



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You may be aware that measles is circulating in many areas across the country; there continues to be cases in many parts of the South West. Transmission is occurring most in areas with a lower uptake of MMR vaccine; in particular parts of Devon, Somerset and Dorset.  The majority of cases are of secondary school age but people of all ages are being affected. Following an outbreak in South Devon in the summer we continue to see the majority of our cases in Devon.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness spread through coughing and sneezing and close personal contact. Most people feel very unwell but do recover completely from measles, however, on rare occasions there can be serious complications.

The first stage of measles includes a runny nose, conjunctivitis (red eyes), a cough and an increasing fever that comes and goes. A rash appears on day 3 or 4 while the individual is still feverish and miserable.

Anyone with suspected measles should be excluded from school or work until five days after the rash first appears.

MMR vaccine offers a high level of protection against measles. The first dose should be given at 12 months of age and the second with the pre-school booster, but if these have been missed it is never too late to have them. Two doses are required to provide a high level of protection. This is important for the protection of the individual and also to protect those who cannot be immunised because of age, pregnancy or an underling medical condition causing immunosuppression. For these vulnerable people, measles can be a particularly serious disease.

If you are unsure whether your child/children have been fully immunised, you can check with your GP surgery and make an appointment to receive any doses of MMR vaccine they may have missed to ensure they have the 2 doses to provide protection against measles and also rubella and mumps.

MMR is also beneficial if given within 72 hours of exposure to the virus.

If your children do have signs or symptoms of measles, please contact your GP to seek medical advice. Please telephone the GP surgery before visiting and tell the receptionist that the person may have measles so that the surgery can ensure that arrangements are made to avoid exposing other patients to a potential infection.

Scarlet Fever

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Please note that scarlet fever is circulating in the community. This is to be expected in spring and early summer.

Signs and symptoms

Scarlet fever is a common childhood infection caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS). The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body. If you have any concerns about your child, please seek medical advice from your GP. In the case of scarlet fever, children will be prescribed a course of antibiotics, for approximately 10 days.

Infection control advice

Infections can be spread through mucus secretions, aerosols and through shared contact with contaminated surfaces such as table tops, taps, toys and door handles. As per national Guidance on Infection Control in Schools and other Child Care Settings, children and adults with suspected scarlet fever will be excluded from school. They may return if they are feeling better but only 24 hours after commencement of antibiotics. The antibiotic course for scarlet fever is 10 days and it is important that the full course of antibiotics is completed, even if the patient has started to feel better. In addition to exclusion, good hygiene practice such as hand washing remains the most important step in preventing and controlling spread of infection.

Advice received from:

Dr Sarah Harrison Dr Caroline Court

Deputy Director of Interim Director of Public Health

Health Protection Educuation, Health and Social Care

Respiratory/flu-like illness

Flu is circulating the community. One of the circulating flu strains at present is H1N1, previously known as swine flu. As this strain is now not a pandemic strain, it should be treated like any other circulating flu strain as outlined below.

Infection control advice

Simple hygiene kills germs

• Hand washing is essential. It is really important to encourage your children to do this.

• It is best to use warm soapy water and encourage a thorough handwashing technique.

Further information about germs and hand washing is available at:http://www.e-bug.eu/. It contains games and other information to help children learn how to prevent the spread of germs.

When can a child return to school?

When a child is free of the symptoms of a flu-like illness they can return to school. This is usually about one week after the symptoms start. We understand that this can be difficult for parents with work commitments and childcare to manage. However, this will help us to reduce transmission of the infection.

Additional Information

Information received from:

Dr Sarah Harrison Dr Caroline Court

Deputy Director of Interim Director of Public Health

Health Protection Educuation, Health and Social Care




This is the emotional bond between parent/ carer and child. It stimulates brain growth and shapes personality development and the life long ability to form  relationships.

Psychology Today

Attachment disorders

Attachment Parenting International

Cornwall Community Hospital Child and Youth counselling services

The Autistic Spectrum

Aspergers Syndrome Foundation

This site explains the nature of the autistic spectrum. There are information sheets, including the A.S.C guide, children with aspergers, related conditions, recommended books, cognitive behaviour therapy. An additional sections offers answers for frequently asked questions.

BBC Health: Aspergers Syndrome

This provides information regarding symptoms of aspergers.

The Social Skills software site, promotes a range of DVDs to support children on the autistic spectrum. Each DVD provides ‘Model me’ videos, that demonstrate a range of social skills.

Model me social skills

If you suspect your child may be on the autistic spectrum, you should seek professional advice. In order to receive professional support, you will require a diagnosis. The site below suggests relevant information your GP should gain in order to make a diagnosis.

What your GP needs to know: Autism/ Aspergers


Coeliac Disease

Some children are unable to eat wheat, gluten, rhy and barley. Below, are some links to useful sites with information about this.

Coeliac UK

Coeliac Disease NHS

Local Support group Cornwall (Plymouth)


What diet can aid dairy and wheat intolerance?

Symptoms and diagnosis

Acid reflux

Patient.co.uk What is this?

NCT reflux and parenting.

Reflux in children

Kids Health

Eosinophilic Colitis

What is this?

Parents with children who suffer with this

Frequently asked questions

Resources for families


Downs Syndrome

The Downs Syndrome Association

Some particularly relevant pages include a section for families and carers, and a section for people with Downs Syndrome. There are also links to local support groups.

BBC Health: Downs Syndrome

Cornwall Downs Syndrome Support group

The Down syndrome education trust

Locally, there is a Child Development Centre (CDC) at Dolphin House at Treliske Hospital. Here, there is a resource of trained and experienced professionals who care for pupils with Downs syndrome.



The Dyspraxia foundation

Dyspraxia and children

NHS: Dyspraxia

Free test for dyspraxia: DORE

There is currently no support for dyspraxia in Cornwall. However, the Cornwall Dyslexia Association has produced an information leaflet, which parents might find supportive and helpful. Dyspraxia Information sheet

Net mums is an online chat/ support site with parents sharing concerns/ frustrations/ advice about dyspraxia

Educational Psychology Service

01872 322888

Cornwall Council Educational Psychology Service offers a confidential telephone advice line for parent/ carers to talk about any concerns they have for their child in regard to SEN, disabilities or emotional health and wellbeing. The advice line is open on Wednesday afternoons from 2.00 – 5.00, and calls will be answered by an experienced educational psychologist. They aim to provide:

  • quick and easy access to professional advice
  • a listening ear
  • working together to find solutions
  • signposting to other services if appropriate

Please note: this service is designed for parents who do not already have a named educational psychologist working with their child.


Family Befriender

“My name is Mrs Haynes and I currently work as as TA in Y5. I am also a trained befriender and for the past 27 years have supported families who have children with special needs. I help by providing a listening ear and by signposting families to agencies that are able to provide specialist help. Everything discussed is confidential. If anyone feels I can help a family in some way, in our school, parish or in our community, please contact Mrs Lobban (SENCo), Miss Teixeira HT  or Mrs Langley an Miss Giannasi (in the office).”

Family Support Services in Cornwall

Do you have a child with SEND? Are you aware of the support available for you and your family? The link below gives information of these services, including holiday support, sibling support and local events.

Family Information Service

Action for children This link will direct you to the Home page. Find OUR SERVICES, then DISABLED CHILDREN or FAMILY SUPPORT. There is a box to type your postcode and/ or town, which will direct you to local services.

If you are in receipt of support from an Early Support Worker, please ask him/ her about services available for families during holiday periods.

Contact a family


Grand Parents Raising Grand Children

There is a local support group SGRAG (Supports Grandparents raising a grandchild) to support grandparents who are involved in raising their grandchildren. The contact name is John: 07594553905. The support group is based at Locality 2, csf 2nd floor, WestWing, Council Offices, Dolcoath Avenue, Camborne TR13 8SX

Below are links to national support organisations for Grandparents supporting grandchildren.

Grandparents plus

Grandparents Association

Legal, financial and care giving support

Support for grandparents

This is a downloadable booklet signposting support services to grandparents who are raising grandchildren.


NF1 (Neuro-fibromatosis)

Proprioceptive Processing

Reading with Children

Words for Life

This site is sub divided into age sections. each age section includes suggested reading books, age related developmental characteristics, support for helping your child read, and on line activities. use this site BUT remember to read real books!

The Dyslexia Association

This site includes: explaining the nature of dyslexia, support for parents and families and  general information and activities

Fun with phonics

Click here to access some activities to help your child develop their phonological awareness.

Easy Read. Does your child have difficulties learning to read and spell? Click on the link below to access this site, to help you support your child learning to read.

Easy Read

In school, many of our pupils who struggle with reading spend time using Nessy. This is an ICT programme which supports the learning of spellings. There is now a Nessy website, so whether your child is diagnosed as at risk from dyslexia, struggles to acquire reading skills, or is a reluctant reader, log onto Nessy for some reading fun. There are also hints and tips how to support the learning of some aspects of maths.


Relevant Documents Related to SEN

Special Educational Needs: Code of Practice 2014: this document highlights the rights and responsibilities for all concerned with young people from birth to 25, with a disability. Section 6 relates specifically to schools.

Code of Practice

A statement is not enough: Ofsted radical review and findings of SEN in UK schools.

Ofsted 2012

Every Child Matters: All children are individuals, and the 5 areas of excellence and enjoyment

Every Child Matters 2004

Rose Review: Review into reading, and recommendations for schools.

Rose 2009

Green Paper 2011 Support and aspiration: a new approach to special educational needs and disabilities

Green 2011

Early Supprt: Information for Parents Neurological Support

(Causes, diagnosis, therapies, managing day-to-day, services and support, useful contacts)

Early Support Neurological Support DfES 2010

School Nurse

If you have any concerns about your child’s health, please refer to the document using the link below. It explains how the school nurse can help our children. If you feel she can help, please arrange an appointment to see Mrs Lobban, SENCo.

School nurse information

School nurse website

Sensory Processing Disorder

Social and Emotional Development

Does your child struggle making friends? Does he/ she have difficulty with social skills and building relationships?

This site gives some tips to you, as parents, how you might support your child.

Top tips how to make friends

We all want our children to be happy and confident in school. Here are some practical tips how to encourage this, from early days in EYFS, and throughout primary school

Confident happy children

We want our children to be happy at playtime. Here is a link to cards, with questions to discuss with your child if you are worried about how they deal with challenging playtime issues.

Play time question cards

If your child finds it difficult to manage his or her anger, the links below may help

Anger management snail This is a short power point to provide strategies to use instead of getting angry. Would be suitable for younger children.

Calming down girl

Calm down boy These are slightly longer power point presentations that tell the story of how a girl/ boy calms down from an angry situation, using a resource of strategies. Suitable for younger or older children. I suggest choosing the gender that matches your child.

If you are worried your child may be suffering form bullying, this site offers bullying solution resources. PLEASE INFORM YOUR CLASS TEACHER IF YOU SUSPECT BULLYING AT SCHOOL. As a small school, incidents are rare, however, we need to be aware of any low level incidents of unkindness, so we can rectify it, for the benefit of all children.

Kid Power

The below link leads to a leaflet designed to be read by primary children

Don’t bully me

Speaking and Listening

Good skills of speaking and listening an=re not only a life skill but can support learning in school. This document explains how to promote these skills.

Speech language and communication needs and primary school age children

Vestibular Processing