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Hillside First School

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) and Inclusion

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO) is Mrs Clare Corrie.

Our Inclusion Leader and Family Liaison Officer is Mrs Heather Harris.

Please contact the school office to arrange to meet with Mrs Corrie and/or Mrs Harris:

Tel: 01202 822737

WAT SEND information pages:



At Hillside First School we provide our children with exciting and varied activities in order that they receive the highest quality education regardless of their differences (e.g. age, race, ethnic beliefs, special needs or disability).

We have hard working and caring teachers who are committed to the inclusion of those children recognised as having Special Educational Needs or Disabilities.  Activities and tasks that the children take part in are chosen carefully and tailored to fit individual children’s needs.

We identify pupils with specific difficulties through observing pupil performance and behaviour as well as through formal testing and SATs.  The class teacher writes ‘Individual Support Plans’ and reviews progress with the parents on a termly basis.  Through quality first teaching and appropriate differentiation, children with particular strengths and talents are challenged.

SEN Code of Practice

The school follows the statutory guidance contained in the SEN Code of Practice 0-25 years, January 2015.  The Code of Practice explains that;

A child has special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

A child has a learning difficulty or disability if they have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities provided for children of the same age in schools.

Please click here to find more information.

Information and guidance on SEND across Dorset

Dorset's Local Offer

A wide range of information for parents and families about local activities, services and support.  This also includes a monthly newsletter and facebook page.

Family Information Service

SEN Information Report to find out about our SEN provision

SEN Information Report 2021-22

Wimborne Academy Trust SEND information and resources 


SENDIASS - SEND Information, Advice and Support Service offers independent information and support to parents and carers of children with special educational needs. 

Email:  Telephone: 01305 595477                            Website:

Dorset Parent Carer Council is run by parents for parents and for their families. They work to provide a strong and united voice for families of children in Dorset who are disabled or have SEN.