At Thorpe Hesley Primary School we pride ourselves on ensuring that all children, regardless of needs, are provided with an inclusive education and full access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to reach their full potential. We understand that some children will require more support during their time at our school, whether that be support to aide them with their learning or support for their social and emotional wellbeing.  We understand that all children are different and the support provided for each child will not look the same. Our aim as an Inclusion team is to understand all children as individuals and tailor support to meet their own individual needs.

A graduated response is followed, beginning with quality first teaching, ensuring all children are supported and challenged, enabling them to meet their full potential. Where additional needs are identified, support is put in place quickly, following a cycle of assess, plan, do, review, which may include: targeted adult support in the classroom; 1:1 or small group interventions or access to specialist resources. School work closely with a wide range of external professionals to ensure that our provision meets the needs of all of our pupils. Withdrawal sessions are used judiciously and support timetables are shared with all staff so that any withdrawals can be planned for to minimise the impact of withdrawal on the delivery of the curriculum, actively seeking to ensure curriculum needs are met.

What to do if you are concerned about your child’s needs

  • Talk to the class teacher- your child will spend most of their school day with their teacher so they will have the best knowledge of their needs. 
  • If the class teacher shares your concern, they will put in additional support within class to support your child.
  • If the concerns persist, the class teacher will speak to a member of the inclusion team who will in turn have a discussion with the teacher and yourself to discuss what extra support can be offered to support your child. If your child has a learning need then an IEP (Individual Education Plan) may be set up.
  • Sometimes an outside agency may be contacted to support the school with providing your child with personalised support. If this is the case, you will be contacted for a meeting before hand to explain what is to be expected and then a meeting to share the findings and next steps.

The Inclusion Team

Mrs Shaw

Mrs Shaw

Inclusion Lead

(Including Vulnerable Pupils, Pupil Premium and Medical Needs)

You can contact me via the school office on 0114 2570153.

Mrs Nazir

Mrs Nazir

SEND and Pupil Premium Support

Mrs L Bailey

Admin Support

If you would like any further advice or support with your children’s needs, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Inclusion Team by email on or on 0114 2570153. If we are not available, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Useful Links

DfE SEND Code of Practice

Department for Educations SEND Code of Practice for 0-25 years.

Rotherham Parent Carers Forum

A registered charity run by and for families of children and young people (aged 0-25) who have Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).  

We work in partnership with service commissioners and providers, sharing knowledge and experience of families to help plan and develop the quality, range and accessibility of provision, creating better outcomes for families through participation and co-production.

Rotherham SEND Local Offer

Find out about resources, services, support, activities and events for Rotherham’s children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

Rotherham SENDIASS

Rotherham SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service) is the new name for Rotherham Parent Partnership.

They can offer you impartial information, advice and support if you are:

  • a parent or carer for a child or young person up to age 25 with special educational needs or disabilities
  • a child up to age 16 who has special educational needs or disabilities
  • a young person aged 16-25 who has special educational needs or disabilities

Useful Websites to Support Children with SEND

Below are some of the websites which staff in school use with children to support them with various additional needs. You may find them useful to access with your children at home. 

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Support with Sensory Needs

Cosmic Yoga

Yoga, Mindfulness and Relaxation for kids. 

Do 2 Learn

Do2learn provides thousands of free pages with social skills and behavioral regulation activities and guidance, learning songs and games, communication cards, academic material, and transition guides for employment and life skills.


A useful website with various free online education resources and games. 


ColorVeil can help people with Dyslexia and Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome. It applies a coloured tint across the screen, that can match the prescription from the optometrist. Handy when children are reading lots of information from a screen during home-learning. 


Advice for parents and carers on supporting SEND children during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Ideas and Support for Families During the Summer Holidays

The documents below all have a focus on transitions, holiday activities and mental health support during the summer break.

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