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SEN - Special Educational Needs

Moorlands Primary School has a nurturing and inclusive ethos to allow every pupil to achieve their potential. Firstly, we believe high quality teaching is vital and Moorlands Primary School has an in-depth system to support staff to deliver this and monitor progress of all pupils; however, for some children, there may be times when further additional support is needed.


To discuss this further, please speak to Class Teachers or the Moorlands SENCo.


Miss Laura Smith - SENco lead.


Email: and mark for the attention of the SENCo

What do we offer at Moorlands?


We aim to make all aspects of our school accessible to all; this is supported in many ways including visuals, scaffolded learning, practical resources, adult support and emotional support.  We are constantly responding to needs and looking for ways to support pupil development.  At times, we may give small group or 1:1 support to your child.  This may be for a few sessions or may be long term.  We work hard to support the needs of all children at Moorlands and you may hear some interventions such as the ones outlined below:


Building Blox

Aim: To support children to build their resilience and the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.  It supports their character development and their ability to bounce back.

Building Blox is a 12 week programme and can be tailored to the characteristics of the group or individual.

This typically consists of 1 session per week and is led by Mrs Smith.



TITAN is an initiative to help children, young people and adults achieve goals, learn and embed new life-skills and nurture healthy routines.  The aim is for the pupil to become a more independent individual and support them with everyday life.

This typically consists of 1 session per week and is led by Mrs Smith.


Play Therapy

These are confidential 1:1 sessions where the children express themselves through play.  In these sessions, a trusting relationship is developed with the therapist.  This is led by an external therapist; parental permission is required for this intervention.



Some pupils in Years 3 and 4 are supported by the continuation of Read, Write, Inc group sessions daily.  Other pupils in Years 4-6 may access individual phonic session or Fresh Start Phonics.  


Further specific support may include:

Meet and Greet to support separation anxieties

Breathing and drawing techniques for calming

Unstructured play support

After school resilience club

Emotional support from Well-Being Ambassadors

KS2 Buddy support


The following are some strategies we use to support learning:

Use of Communication In Print symbols to support communication

Aided Language Displays for consistent visuals

Read, Write, Inc Intervention/Fresh Start Phonics

5 Minute Number Box

Sandwell Numeracy Intervention

1:1 phonics

Additional 1:1 reading

Small group learning

Task Boards to support lesson structures


KS2 - Use of Century Tech which uses artificial intelligence to formulate a bespoke learning journey for your child supported through explanation videos.


Early Years Intervention Support

NELI - supporting early language development

WellComm - supporting early language

Adapted Read, Write, Inc phonics

Communication In Print visuals

Play support 


Speech, Language and Communication

Communication and speaking with your child is one of the best ways to support their development.  See the attached link to find resources to help language development at home:

Hungry Little Minds external link


Children sometimes struggle to communicate through words.  Visuals are used to support communication throughout school.  Please see visual resources below that can be printed to use at home.

Communication In Print Visuals for use at home

FASTA referral


Are you concerned about your child's development?  Please speak to the class teacher or school SENCo about a referral to FASTA (Faster Access to Sandwell Therapy Assessment).  This may include support from an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or speech and language therapist.


FASTA link and referral information



SPDC supports access to a range of play and leisure opportunities for disabled children in Sandwell.  This enables them to stay safe, be healthy, enjoy and achieve and make a positive contribution to others.  Follow the link below for further information:


SPDC website

SEND information and policy

At different times in their school career, a child or young person may have a special educational need. The Code of Practice (CoP) September 2015 0 -25 defines SEND as:

“A child or young person may have SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:
1. have a significant greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age: or
2. have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools mainstream post – 16 institutions.”