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S.E.N Special Educational Needs

At Manor Field Infant School, we embrace the fact that every child is different, and, therefore, the educational needs of every child is different: this is certainly the case for children with Special Educational Needs.


SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Manor Field Infant School adheres to the current SEN Code of Practice which states:


A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.


A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

  • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
  • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions


The school SENCO role is currently shared between Mrs Pietrzak and Miss McOmish.  Please feel free to come and make an appointment if you wish to discuss your child's additional needs.



Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) & Nurture


There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others.


ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists who apply psychological knowledge of children’s social and emotional development to particular areas of need and to specific casework. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.


ELSAs are trained to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils in their school who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of ELSA work is expected to be delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work will be appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills.


What is a Nurture Group?


Nurture Groups are a small provision within a school supporting children who have difficulties in the mainstream classroom.  They are usually about eight to ten children in the group at any one time with specially trained staff. 

Here at Manor Field Infant School we have the Rainbows Nurture Group for our KS1 pupils.


Who are Nurture Groups for? 


Nurture groups are set up for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which may be:

  • lack of self-esteem
  • withdrawn
  • unable to share and take turns
  • doesn't trust adults/peers
  • may lack in mannerism skills
  • disrupts other children in the classroom
  • has behavioural issues
  • language skills
  • struggle with the mainstream classroom environment

Entry into the group is carefully considered through a staged referral procedure and the use of a range of assessments over time.


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