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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



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 ‘School 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.

We work closely with other schools in East Dorset to provide workshops which provide these children with further opportunities to practice and learn new skills.

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.

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Information and guidance on SEND across Dorset

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Family Information Directory

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SEN Information Report to find out about our SEN provision

SEN Information Report 2020-21