Special Educational Needs and Disability

The school's SENCO is Emma Wilson. She works on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
She can be contacted on 01626 352559 or by email ewilson@sjna.uk.

At St. Joseph's we aim to:

  • Ensure that all children with special educational needs are supported by having their needs identified and addressed.
  • Ensure that all children are given the opportunity to experience success in learning and to achieve as high a standard as possible.
  • Ensure that all children have the best possible educational experiences through access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum at the foundation stage and within the National Curriculum.
  • Ensure that all children are included fully in all aspects of the school 
  • community.

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

a) Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or

b) Have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.


Please click on the link below to find out more about how we support pupils with SEND.

Devon’s Local Offer for SEND provides clear, up-to-date information on the services and support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.  The local offer covers provision for children and young people with SEND from birth to 25 and includes information on education, health and social care services and how to access them.
Please click on the link below to find out more.

The dedicated team at Devon Information, Advice and Support, offer legally based and easily accessible impartial information and advice, to support children and young people aged 0 – 25 years, with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents and carers.

They can support you with areas such as;

  • Preparing for meetings
  • Expressing your views
  • Understanding paperwork
  • Resolving issues
  • Where to find more information
Click the link below to visit their website.

At St. Joseph's we use the Thrive Approach to help us understand the needs of pupils who have been emotionally thrown off track, either temporarily or over longer periods. Assessment gives us targeted strategies and activities to help them re-engage and understand their emotions. The approach draws on the latest research - from current neuroscience, recent attachment research, current studies of effective learning and current models of child development – in order to help adults understand children’s behaviour as communication. It is an integrated approach; its strength is that it pulls together work from different disciplines to provide one model that is systematic, dynamic and relevant and helps adults respond to a child's emotional situation in a way that supports their emotional and social development.

Click on the link below to visit the Thrive Approach website.