Special Educational Needs & Disabilities  

Our Inclusion Team

SEND Policy 

SEND Information Report 2015

SEND Information  Report 2014

SEND Coffee Morning Info 

Accessibility Plan

Support for Pupils

Our Local Offer 

Support for children with Medical Needs

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Barnet's SEND Webpage link - click here

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Our Inclusion Team - click to download

Sian Morris - Deputy Head and SENCo                                                                                                                                                                      Ms Morris Is an experienced SENCo and works very closely with each of the class teachers and helps to organise all the additional intervention programmes with the our support staff. If you want to talk about your child's special educational needs please feel free to make an appointment to see her. Ms Morris is also seconded to work as a Advisory Teacher for Barnet in the Specialist Team every Thursday. 

Mrs Amita Raval - Governor with responsibility for SEND and Inclusion                                                                                                                    Amita Raval is the named governor for SEN and Inclusion. She is an extremely experienced speech and language therapist with a particular expertise in children learning English as an additional language, and an interest in inclusion

Danni Bates - SENCo, Pupil Premium and Able, Gifted and Talented Leader                                                                                                                           Ms Bates is also an experienced Inclusion Leader. This year her focus is on narrowing the gap for pupils in Y3 and Y4 who are eligible for the pupil premium grant as well as supporting teachers with the provision for our most able children..

Fiona Blackwood - Extended Service Leader                                                                                                                                                          Claudette works with both children and families providing invaluable support. Fiona organises as well as runs our parent courses. We aim to have three parent courses run each half term. We support our parents learning as well as the children's learning. 

Pratibha Kunder - Teaching Assistant supporting children with English as a second language (ESOL)                                                                     Pratibha is a very experienced TA who will work with children who are brand new to English to help support their language development. 

School SEND Leaflet for Parents - click to download 


Special Educational Needs and Disability Report - 2015 - click to download


The Hyde School

SEN Information Report 2015

The Hyde is an inclusive mainstream school. We believe that every child is able to achieve their full potential with appropriate support to meet their individual needs. Every teacher is a teacher of every child, including those with SEND. Within our school we have children with a wide range of special educational needs, including communication and interaction difficulties, learning difficulties, social and emotional difficulties and sensory and/or physical needs.

How does the school know if my child needs extra help?

If a child is not making progress, or is making progress at a slower rate than expected, they may be identified as having a Special Educational Need.

  • The teacher and SENCo will consider all information about the child;
  • Concerns will be discussed with the pupil and family;
  • Further assessments / observations may be carried out in school;
  • Where necessary, and with parents’ permission, further advice and assessments may be sought from external professionals;
  • The school will put additional support, interventions or resources in place as necessary.

What should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?

If you are concerned about your child’s progress or development, you can:

  • Talk to the class teacher;
  • Talk to the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo);
  • Talk to your GP or health visitor.

Parents know their children best and we will take your concerns seriously.

If your child has already been identified as having a SEN, it is important that you let the school know so that the right support can be put in place quickly.

How will the staff support my child?

The class teacher is responsible for the progress of all children in the class. We also have a number of support staff who help the children to learn.

Support is provided in a number of different ways depending on the child. It might include:

  • Differentiated resources or equipment to help children learn;
  • Additional support in lessons or at lunch and break times;
  • Extra support to help children access lessons, such as pre-teaching subject vocabulary;
  • Smaller groups or individual teaching for some areas;
  • Additional interventions to help with reading, writing, maths, motor skills or social skills;
  • Extra emotional support or help with behaviour:
  • After-school clubs to help support learning.

How will we know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?

The progress of all pupils is reviewed half termly, so that we can check they are making good progress, and see if there is anything else we need to do. The class teacher or SENCo is always happy to talk to you about how your child is doing, and what you can do to help. Some pupils have a home school book which they bring home each day, so that you can see how your child is getting on and let school staff know how they are getting on at home.

Children with a high level of need have individual provision maps which will be reviewed termly. These show what extra help the child is getting in and how it is impacting on their learning.

The school regularly reviews how well all pupils with SEN are doing. There is a governor with responsibility for SEN and inclusion, and the SENCo regularly feeds back to the governing body.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

All children learn the same curriculum, but we may adapt or modify it so that it is more suitable for your child. This might mean using different resources to make it more accessible, or working on the same areas but at a different level from peers. We always try and make the curriculum as interesting and as relevant as possible for our pupils.

How is the decision made about the type and how much support my child will receive?

The SENCOs are responsible for planning provision across the school. This is done by looking at the needs of all children with SEN, and the resources we have available. Children with the highest level of need will receive the most support. Some children will need support in some areas and not in others.

A few children will need additional support which the school is unable to provide in its entirety. These children may have a statement of SEN or an Education Health Care Plan which is issued by the local authority where the child lives. This provides additional funding which is attached to the individual child.

How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

Trips, after school clubs and other experiences are an important part of life at The Hyde. We do our best to ensure that all children are fully included. We take the needs of pupils into account when planning trips and events. Where necessary we will make reasonable adjustments so that all children can participate, such as providing extra adults, or alternative means of transport. Sometimes we will give priority to after school clubs for children we think will benefit the most from a particular experience.

What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?

We believe that confident and happy children achieve best. We have a learning mentor who supports children with a range of emotional and social issues. Our staff know the children well and are quick to act if they see that something is wrong. We teach our children to ask for help if they are unhappy or worried, and to look out for each other. The children have class representatives on school council to make sure their views are heard. Children with statements or EHC plans also contribute to their annual reviews.

We have a lunchtime drop in session so that children have a choice about whether to play in the playground or stay inside. Drop in offers a range of activities which children can choose to do.

We have very high expectations of behaviour. Where children are experiencing difficulties with behaviour, there is a clear plan for support. We will always try to find out why children are behaving inappropriately, and give them help to improve. We will also talk to families about how they can help.

Our school nurse visits regularly. She works with staff to ensure that children with serious medical needs have care plans in place.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

The school has access to a wide range of expertise. The deputy Headteacher / SENCo is an advisory teacher for autism, and also has qualifications in SpLD and speech and language difficulties. The additional SENCo is also a qualified teacher and holds the National SENCo qualification. A number of our teachers and support staff have areas of special interest.

We have access to a wide range of external agencies, including:

Health – health visitor, school nurse, child development clinic, audiology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, CAMHS, Primary Project.

Education – Educational Psychology team, Specialist Team (advisory teachers for SEN).

Social Care – Children and Families, Intensive Family Focus Team, CAF team.

We also buy in additional support from the Educational Psychology Team.

What SEN training have the staff had?

We have a rolling programme of staff training on how best to support the most frequent special educational needs. In the past year our staff have had training on:

  • Supporting children with speech and language difficulties;
  • Supporting children with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD);
  • Supporting children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

Staff working with particular groups or individuals also attend specific training relevant to their particular role. Additional training is undertaken if any child comes to the school with a need or condition we do not have previous experience of.

How accessible is the school both indoors and outdoors?

The Hyde is a modern purpose built school which makes it easily accessible for people with mobility difficulties or in wheelchairs. Disabled toilet facilities are available on both floors, and there are dedicated parking spots close to the school. There is a lift between the ground and first floors. We make every effort to provide additional or different resources, equipment or arrangements for children who need them.

There are a range of rooms available for learning. All our classes have breakout rooms so that children can work in smaller groups or in a quieter less distracting environment. Individual work stations can be set up for children who need them.

We also have access to specialist advisory teachers who can help us support children with specific needs, such as physical needs or visual or hearing impairments.

How are parents involved in the school? How can I get involved?

Class staff are available at the start and end of every day for brief conversations. Appointments can be made with the class teacher or a member of the senior leadership team if you have anything you wish to discuss. Parent teacher meetings are held termly.

We hold regular coffee mornings for all parents and a number of parents work as volunteers in the school. Parents are also represented on our governing body. If you would like to get involved, just talk to a member of staff.

We have a complaints policy in place if you have any concerns you wish to discuss. In the first instance, you should talk to the class teacher or SENCo.

How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school, or transfer to a new setting?

Before your child starts at the school, we will talk to you about the best way to support them in settling in. Some children start on a part-time timetable, or a parent will stay with them to begin with. We try to be flexible to ensure the best start for the child.

If your child moves to a new school, we will talk to the new school and share information about your child. For children with complex needs, we will invite the new staff to visit your child in school and talk to staff already working with them. We may also arrange visits to the new school so your child knows what to expect.

Most secondary schools have transition plans for year 6 pupils, including visiting pupils in primary school and opportunities to meet their new tutor and form at the receiving school. For some children, additional visits or Transition Booklets may be used. Where appropriate, secondary school staff will be invited to annual reviews of children in year 6 who have statements or EHC plans.

Who can I contact for further information?

General information: School Office on 020 8205 8707

SEND Queries: Siân Morris, Deputy Headteacher / SENCo 020 8205 8707

                         Danielle Harte, SENCo 020 8205 8707

Who can I contact for further information?

General information: School Office on 020 8205 8707

SEND Queries: Siân Morris, Deputy Headteacher / SENCo 020 8205 8707


Other sources of information

Barnet Local Offer www.barnet.gov.uk/info/941009/local_offer

School Admission Arrangements (including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - click here

Barnet Partner Partnership - click here

The Hyde Accessibility Plan - click here

Supporting children with Medical Conditions - administrating medicines policy - click here

Admissions for pupils with medical and / or physical needs - click here

Complaints Policy - click here


Special Education Needs and Disability Policy - click to download


Useful Websites



Information and support for people with autism and their families


Information, support and resources about ADHD


Information to help Barnet Partners

Parent Partnership Leaflet - click to download here


Information, support and activities for people with Autism and their families


A charity representing children and young adults with speech, language and communication impairments and disorders.


Free and confidential information, advice and support for parents and carers of children with special educational needs.