SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities)


East Harling Primary School and Nursery is an inclusive setting, where staff are passionate about providing an education that meets the needs of all children. We pride ourselves on our nurturing ethos and have high aspirations for all children, regardless of ability. We promote a positive, growth mindset and our children understand that effort and hard work pays off, no matter where your starting point is. To learn more about this, take a little time to look at this external site for parents.


What are Special Educational Needs and Disabilities? 

Special Educational Needs and disabilities, or SEND, is a term that is used to describe pupils who have needs that require support additional to, or different from the high quality classroom teaching on offer. The new SEND Code of Practice categorises these needs as:

  • Communication and interaction;
  • Cognition and learning;
  • Sensory and/or physical needs;
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

A child's SEND may be for a short period or throughout their educational life. They may be identified before a child has even entered school or they may come to be recognised at a specific point in their education. At East Harling we are proud of our inclusive, nurturing ethos and we work hard to understand and respond to the needs of all children. We follow a graduated response to identifying special educational needs, which can be viewed here 



Our SEN Information Report sets out our approach to teaching children with SEND (special educational needs and disability). It has been developed in consultation with parents, children and governors and is open to suggestions and comments. Our school Local Offer identifies provision for children with SEND, including external services that can be accessed. The Norfolk Local Offer provides a wealth of information and services across the county, to support families.

 You can read our SEN policy here; to read about our approach to SEND, click here. As a school we work closely with other SEND coordinators in the cluster, sharing ideas and training sessions to extend our skills and enhance our practice. You can read our cluster SEN policy here

 If you have any questions or concerns, or would like paper copies of these documents, do not hesitate to contact our SENDco, Sheli Blackburn, via the school office or email


Our new parent forum

Please do come and join in the conversations in our new parent forum. It is a place where you can talk to other parents, share ideas and contacts or ideas for supporting your children. Please read the forum rules and abide by them, so that our forum remains a friendly, supportive place, much like our school! 


Useful links

You can find more information about SEND on the government website here

Click below to read Norfolk's Local Offer newsletter for parents; 

September 2016 Norfolk's SEN Offer letter to parents.pdf