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My name is Mrs J Cruddas and I am the Special Needs Co-ordinator at Seaburn Dene Primary School

 I have been working as SENCO at Seaburn Dene for a number of years.  As SENCO I am responsible for overseeing the special needs provision at the school.  I am passionate about enabling all children to reach their full potential in education and about ensuring that pupils with additional needs play a key role in all aspects of school life.



To include all children and identify their needs at the earliest opportunity.

To provide the opportunities to help all pupils, regardless of ability, to achieve their potential and learn for life.



Responsible for:

  • Developing and reviewing the school’s SEN policy.
  • Coordinating all the support for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND)
  • Ensuring that parents are:
  • Involved in supporting their child’s learning
    Kept informed about the support their child is getting
    Involved in reviewing how they are doing
    Liaising with all the other people who may be coming in to school to help support the child’s learning, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychology
    Updating the school’s SEN register (a system for ensuring that all the SEND needs of pupils in this school are known) and making sure that records of children’s progress and needs are kept

    Providing specialist support for teachers and support staff in the school, so that they can help children with SEND in the school to achieve the best progress possible.



    A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A learning difficulty or disability is a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Special educational provision means educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age in a mainstream setting in England…. Health care provision or social care provision which educates or trains a child or young person is to be treated as special educational provision.

    Code of Practice 2014