Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Special Educational Needs

At Westerings Primary Academy, we strive to meet the needs of all pupils within our school. 

All staff are leaders of SEND, ensuring that SEND is a whole school focus, ensuring that ALL children's needs are met, best practice is shared and great outcomes for our pupils are achieved.  

We aim to quickly identify pupils, who are making limited progress and provide targeted interventions and support to meet their needs. 

We ensure that parents are fully aware of the SEND process and informed of their child’s learning at regular points throughout the year. We are a fully inclusive school and work alongside the Academy Trust, Local Authority, Health Professionals, and community organisations, to find the most appropriate and effective support for pupils within our care. 

At Westerings, we use Edukey Provision Map Tool to share information, record, review provisions and measure outcomes for all SEND pupils.  Edukey is used as part of our assess, plan, do, review cycle. 

The following documents will give you more information in relation to SEND. If you have any concerns or wish to discuss SEND at our school, please do not hesitate to contact me:

Mrs. Shorten 






Mrs Higginson (our Learning Support Mentor) is supported by Miss Springett, Mrs Hickman and Mrs Collier. Each member of our team runs SEMH interventions, therapy sessions and before-school/lunchtime clubs throughout the week. 

...And don't forget Zola, our very own therapy dog!

Local Offer: 

Local Authorities have a duty to publish a Local Offer, setting out in one place information about provision they expect to be available in their area across education, health and social care for children and young people in their area who have SEN or are disabled, including those who do not have EHC plans.

Link to Essex Local Offer 

Zola our school therapy dog.


Coffee Connection 

Each term the school hosts a Coffee Connection morning. Coffee Connection is a supportive space where parents can connect with each other and professionals. 

Sessions will be jointly led by our SENCO in partnership with the SENCOs from Ashingdon, Hockley primary schools. Depending on the specific focus of each session, there may be other professionals who will provide further support and advice. 

All parents are welcome to attend.

Coffee Connection Flyer 

Coffee Connection Hockley Schools (5).pdf

Mental Health Support Team: Education Mental Health Practitioners 

Westerings' has 2 Education Mental Health Practitioners, Melanie and Gina, who work with the school community. Melaine and Gina are in school every Tuesday.  

If you would like support with your child's emotional well-being please complete the referral form below. 

If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Shorten. 

The referral process is outlined below. 

Referral form: 

Click here to download the referral form

Referral process 

Please print and complete the referral form. Either hand this to the school office or email it to mhst.refferrals@nelft.nhs.uk