What are Special Educational Needs?

A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, your child may be having problems with reading, maths or behaviour, which school can help by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with yourself. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.

Children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. This is called Quality First Teaching and is something schools must provide for all children.  However, many children, at some time in their school life, need extra help.

Our School Offer:

Please see the downloads section below for our SEN Information Report

Meet the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team (SEND):

Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo):
Mrs Mannion

Special Educational Needs Governor:
Mrs Shand


St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Primary School
Lamb Lane
Ingleby Barwick
TS17 0QP

Tel: (01642) 763623

Our SEND Policy:

For further information please visit our policies page to download our school SEN Policy.

Please refer to the school Complaints Policy also found on our policies page if you have any concerns about the SEND provision within school.

Stockton-on-Tees Early Years and Complex Needs Team:

The Early Years and Complex Needs Team provides advice, support and guidance to children and young people with complex needs and disabilities and their families. They work closely with other services and agencies to make sure the needs of children are met and their families are appropriately supported.
Tel: 01642 527145


Early Years & Complex Needs Team,
Stockton Borough Council,
4th Floor,
Queensway House,
West Precinct,
TS23 2YQ

Stockton Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)

Stockton Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) (formerly Parent Partnership Service) is a free, impartial and confidential service.  They provide advice, information and support on all matters relating to special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to:

  • Parents/ carers of children and young people with SEN or disability
  • Young people up to the age of 25 with SEN or a disability

The SEND Information, Advice and Support Officer can be contacted on:
Tel: 01642 527158
Email: [email protected]
Website: SENDIASS Website

Admission Arrangements for students with SEND

St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Primary School aims to be a fully inclusive school. In accordance with the Education Act 1996, if a parent wishes to have their child with a Statement/EHC Plan educated in a mainstream school, the Local Authority must provide a place, unless this is incompatible with the efficient education of other children, and there are no reasonable adjustments that can be made to prevent the incompatibility. The Equality Act 2010 prohibits schools from discriminating against disabled children and young people in respect of admissions for a reason related to their disability.

Special Education Needs Code of Practice

For guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, please click here to download the Special Education Needs Code of Practice.

Want to know more about SEND and Stockton Local Authority?

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