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Intent Statement: Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

We enjoy therefore achieve

At Westways Primary School, we embrace the fact that every child is of equal value, they are individual and unique and therefore, the educational needs of every child are different. Our school vision for all children at Westways Primary School is: we enjoy therefore we achieve. Where we identify that a child presents barriers to their love and enjoyment of learning, we continue to spearhead our ambition, aspiration and expectation for every child to get the support which they need to achieve,  through a rich environment and inclusive curriculum.

All teachers are teachers of SEND

We welcome our responsibility to include all children in the life of our school, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met for the vast majority of children, through inclusive high quality teaching in the classroom: we are ambitious through our adaptive teaching, scaffolding and inclusive strategies to accommodate our children with SEND. When appropriate, it may be identified that children on the SEND register require additional and supplementary support from school staff or external professionals and outside agencies.

Working with children and their families is at the heart of everything that we do

The child and their family - you! - are at the heart and drive intent for everything that we do at Westways Primary School. As a community, we pride ourselves on the relationships which we have, the openness and availability of how we work as a school. By working in partnership with parents, carers and children, we implement the “Graduated Approach” to ensure that we are ambitious for the needs of the “whole child”. Our love of learning inspires us to achieve and by nurturing our shared core values, we are prepared for, and ready to make a difference, in the wider world.

Important information specific to Westways Primary School:

The school SEND Information Report reflects Sheffield’s Local Offer to meet the needs of children with SEND, as determined in our school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet. The document in this link outlines the offer which relates directly to Westways Primary School.

Who can I talk to at this school about Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)?

At Westways Primary School, the child and their family are at the heart of everything that we do. As a community, we pride ourselves on the relationships which we have and our accessibility and openness. In our recent SEND survey (Summer 2023) 100% parents and carers who took part in the survey responded positively to “I am able to approach staff about any concerns that I have regarding my child.”

Each school has a dedicated qualified teacher who supports the teachers, children and parents/carers of children with SEND. This person is called the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities Co-ordinator). The SENDCo has day-to-day responsibility for the operation of the SEND Policy and the co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual pupils with SEND, including those who have Education Health Care Plans (EHCP). The SENDCo provides guidance to colleagues and will work closely with staff, parents and other agencies.

For Westways Primary School, this person is Mrs Jo Thomas. If you are a current or prospective parent and you would like to contact the SENDCo, please call the school office on 0114 266 2471 or by email: senco@westways.sheffield.sch.uk. Mrs Jo Thomas, has an open door policy and welcomes any parents and carers at any point in their child’s education at Westways Primary School, to come and speak to her.

Sheffield Directory Local Offer

The Local Offer lets parents and young people know what special educational needs and disabilities services are available in Sheffield, and who can access them. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies including:

  • education
  • health
  • social care
  • activities and leisure
  • clubs and groups
  • advice and support
  • preparing for adulthood

Click here to visit Sheffield’s Local Offer

Does your child or young person have a special educational need or disability?

Information and resources

We want this website to be used as a tool and resource to support the community. You spoke to us and we listened (SEND survey Summer 2023)! Resources to support families and their children can be found below. We will continue to monitor this and value all input from our community on how to enhance our offer of resources on our website.

Parent/Carer advice and information

Key documents which support children with SEND


Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Speech and Language

Social Emotional and Mental Health



Information which the school references in their School Policy and School Information Report

Information on the Educational Health Care Plan