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Special Educational Needs at St Mary’s, Bentworth

Welcome to St Mary’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) page.  I hope that it will provide you with useful information about SEN provision within the school.

My name is Ruth Billington and I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at St Mary’s.  As SENCo my job is to identify and coordinate provision for pupils with additional needs. This involves working closely with parents and school staff and will sometimes include liaising with Children’s Services and other outside agencies to ensure that the needs of individual children are met.

I look forward to meeting and working with parents at St Mary's.


SEN in schools – an overview

Many children may experience some difficulty in their learning at some time during their education. Often support in class will mean that most children overcome their difficulties quickly and easily. However, a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

These children may need extra help because of a range of needs such as:

  • Understanding and learning, particularly relating to literacy and numeracy
  • Communication and interaction
  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Sensory or physical disabilities  


Our school’s agreed approach to SEN

To see our SEN policy, visit our section on Policies.

SEN provision within the school

  • Small group or individual support programmes
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Emotional Literacy Support

Our SEN provision is delivered by trained learning support assistants.

We are also supported by a wide range of outside agencies that can provide us with specialist advice and provision if necessary.

Provision often includes the use of specialist resources and multisensory teaching strategies.

Many children who don’t have SEN also benefit from many strategies used to support children with SEN.