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Special Educational Needs at Hollywell Primary School 

Every child at Hollywell Primary is a valued and important member of our learning community and we are proud of everyone's achievements. 

We recognise that children learn and progress in different ways; some children have barriers to their learning and at Hollywell we work with children and their families to support them on their learning journeys. 

If you are concerned that your child isn't making the progress you feel they should be making and may have special educational needs (SEN) talk to their teacher.You know your child better than anyone else.


Ask also to speak with the school's Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO),  Mrs Stephanie Hodson.  The SENCo organises extra help for children with SEN.


If you are concerned about your child 

Talk to the teacher/SENCo about:

  • why you think your child has SEN
  • whether your child learns at the same rate as other children their age
  • what the school can do to help
  • what you can do to help


Your child's teacher and the SENCO will use the SEN Code of Practice to work out whether your child has SEN.


What will the school do?

Schools are required by law to provide an education for all pupils, regardless of their ability or special needs. Every child's education is equally important.


If the SENCO and your child's teacher agree that your child has SEN, the school will take a 'graduated approach' - this means 'step-by-step'. They will offer your child extra support, with the possibility of more support if needed.

Whatever the school decides to do, you have the right to be informed and for your views, and your child's views, to be taken into account.


Educational Health Care Plans are for children with the most complex needs and therefore the content will be highly individual and unique to that pupil.


Click here for information on Educational Health Care Assessment and Plans. 

Definitions of special educational needs (SEN) taken from section 20 of the Children and Families Act 2014. 


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 them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:


a) have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or​

b) 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 or mainstream post-16 institutions.


A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if they fall within the definition at (a) or (b) above or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them. 


Our Special Educational Needs Policy 

At Hollywell we aim to provide every child with access to a broad and balanced education. This includes the National Curriculum in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.

Our aims are:

  • to enable and encourage all children to develop their full potential;
  • to create an environment that meets the special educational needs of each child;
  • to ensure that the special educational needs of children are identified, assessed and provided for;
  • to create an environment that helps develop  a child’s self esteem
  • to make clear the expectations of all partners in the process;
  • to identify the roles and responsibilities of staff in providing for children’s special educational needs;
  • to enable all children to have full access to all elements of the school curriculum;
  • to ensure that parents are able to play their part in supporting their child’s education;
  • to ensure that our children have a voice in this process.


Click here to see our full policy - EMET SEND Policy 2019 


You can find out about Hollywell Primary School's provision for and commitment to children with Special Educational Needs as part of Nottinghamshire's local offer 

The school has an accessibility plan that is currently under review by the governing body.

Please find the link below. If you would like to make comments on this do not hesitate to contact Mrs Hodson in school. 


Draft Accessibility Plan


Schools must publish information on their websites about the implementation of the Special Needs Policy. 


Click here to see the SEN Information report


The SEND Local Offer

The SEND Local Offer is a resource which is designed to support children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families. It describes the services and provision that are available both to those families in Nottinghamshire that have an Education, Health and Care Plan and those who do not have a plan, but still experience some form of special educational need. The SEND Local Offer includes information about public services across education, health and social care, as well as those provided by the private, voluntary and community sectors.

​You can find a Parents Leaflet explaining this in more detail by clicking here. 


Parents Leaflet  


Or you can get straight to the Local Offer page at