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SEND information about our school.

The Government has asked all Local Authorities in the UK to publish, in one place, information about the services and provision they expect to be available in their area for children and young people from 0 to 25 who have Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND).  

This is known as the Local Offer.  Further information about the Durham Local Offer can be found on the Durham County Council Local Offer home page which is on the Durham County Council website. Click on the link to be directed straight to the information. 

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision that will enable them to achieve their potential. We believe in positive intervention, removing barriers to learning, raising expectations and levels of achievement and working in partnership with other agencies in order to provide a positive educational experience for all our pupils including those with a special educational need or disability. 

Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their SEND. 

We ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs make the best possible progress. Most of our school policies can be found on the website or available on request from the school office, please visit our policies page for a list. 

IQM Award

“The Inclusion Quality Mark provides schools with a nationally recognised framework to guide their inclusion journey. Inclusion promotes equal opportunities for all pupils, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, attainment and background. The award pays particular attention to the provision made for, and the achievement of, different groups of pupils within a school and any pupils who are at risk of disaffection and exclusion.”

Here at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, we are hugely proud to have been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark with Centre of Excellence status; below you can view the report from our assessor, we’re sure you will agree it makes for great reading.

Our Team

SENDCo:  Mrs Christine Omerod 

Inclusion Manager:  Mrs Emma Turnbull 

Key Areas 

  • Communication and Interaction 
    • This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. 
  • Cognition and Learning
    • This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
    • This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn. 
  • Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
    • This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties. 

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Updated | 4th July, 2024 |

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