St Mary's Catholic Primary School

Live, Love, Believe

Inclusion and SEND

St Mary's SEND overview. We hope you find the information in this pamphlet useful. Please do contact Mrs Kristy Skelley, SENDCo, if you have any questions:

Supporting children's needs at St Mary's.


We recognise that very many children, at some point in their school life, will need additional support: this may be only for a short time or for a longer period and staff use a range of systems and approaches to support the children as needs are identified. We intend for the needs of every child to be recognised and met, as far as we are able through our own expertise and with the support of external professionals, such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language therapists, Occupational Therapists and outreach advice/support from specialist local settings such as Medina House.


Approaches to support children's learning may include (but are not limited to)

Speech and Language therapy (SALT): targeted activities to develop language acquisition

Motor Skills United: An Occupational Therapy Programme, colour coded and fun-filled to integrate and develop Motor and Perceptual Skills aiming to develop core strength to aid learning 

Read Write inc - Fresh Start: a programme used to support the literacy needs of KS2 children

Rapid Reading: A programme to support reading needs in KS2 children


CAF - Common Assessment Framework: A CAF is a document which is completed by a professional who is working with the family to support a child with additional needs including physical, emotional, or learning needs. There are regular 6 - weekly meetings called...

TAF - Team Around the Family: TAF meetings are when the family meets with the different key professionals involved in supporting them to produce a plan to help them achieve their goals.


SAM (Student Attendance Meetings): These meetings work with the family to support improved attendance and timekeeping, working in close liaison with the Family Liaison Officer (FLO) and the head teacher.


 Pupil Passports: these identify the needs of the child and any interventions and support which may be necessary to support the children as they progress through their school life. Short term targets are identified and progress towards meeting these targets are regularly reviewed with the learning team working with the child and the SENDCo.

Further information is available

from these sources:

“The Isle of Wight Council is committed to giving all children and young people high quality education that enables them to make progress and achieve well. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs or a disability, additional or specialist support may be needed to enable this. To support the process of identifying the range of provision and advice that is available, the Isle of Wight Local Authority have published a local offer. For more information about the Local Offer please use the following link: