Special Education Needs and Disabilities

Supporting SEND at Shirwell Primary School

Special education needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn.  They can affect their:

  • Academic progress and attainment
  • Behaviour or ability to socialise and make friends
  • Concentration levels
  • Physical ability
  • Ability to understand the world around them and their place in it.

If you think that your child may have a special educational need or a disability, please speak to the class teacher. Alternatively, you can arrange a discussion with the school SENCO, Simon Allen, via the office on admin@shirwell.devon.sch.uk

At Shirwell Primary School, we aim to offer an inclusive experience for all children.  All pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, which is adapted where necessary to meet the individual needs of the child.  We work in partnership with families and external agencies to provide support for pupils with SEND in the classroom and through a range of additional interventions.  Our focus is always on the development of the whole child: socially, emotionally and academically.


The school is accessible to children with mobility difficulties and wheelchair users through the main entrances.  Adaptations to suit individual needs are made when required and as advised by outside agencies.  There is a disabled toilet which are placed in a central location in the school building. The school has been built with accessibility in mind for both children and adults in line with the Disability Equality Policy.

Our accessability plan can be viewed in the appendix of our SEND policy

Click here for our Medication Policy



Please click here to view the school’s SEND report.



All local authorities must publish in one place information about the services they expect to be available in their area for children and young people 0 – 25 who have special educational needs and/or disabilities.  This is known as the local offer. The development of a Local Offer is one of a number of changes to the way children and young people with SEND are supported that are part of the Children and Families Act. The Local Offer will help parents, carers and young people to see clearly the range of services and support that are available in their local area and understand how to access them.

Please click HERE to access Devon’s Local Offer:

About the SEND Local Offer – Find out about support for SEND in Devon



Early Help is the extra support your family can get if you need it. It may be that you want to prevent a problem, or change things for your family before the problem becomes more serious. It is not a specific service or team, it’s an approach that brings together people from a range of services and teams who will work together with your whole family to help improve the situation for everyone. By identifying and building on your strengths as a family we can help and support you to find long term solutions to your issues, as well as developing your skills to help you manage any future challenges.

To find out more about Early Help please click here:




Further support and advice for parents can be accessed from DIAS. This organisation is able to provide impartial and independent advice, support and information on special educational needs and disabilities. This website provides valuable information about different agencies, services and resources for children, young people with SEND and their families in addition to school resources and information.

Home – Devon Information Advice & Support (devonias.org.uk)