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Supporting our most Vulnerable Learners (inc. SEND)

At Brierley, only our best will do (for every child)

Roles and Responsibilities:


Job Title


Mrs Cunningham

Assistant Head/SENDco/DSL responsible for the progress of our most Vulnerable Learners (including SEND and Looked After/Previously Looked after children)

To liaise with teachers, with external agencies and to co-ordinate action plans, full overall responsibility for children in school.

Mrs C McIntosh

Headteacher/DSL overall responsibility for our most Vulnerable Learners (including SEND, Looked After, Previously Looked After and Disadvantaged children)

To oversee the whole school development of SEN provision.

Mrs Faddes


Assistant Head and DSL

To support Mrs Cunningham and oversee the whole school development of SEN provision.

Mrs S. Copeland



To work in conjunction with SEN co-ordinator as governor with specific responsibility for SEN.

Brierley Primary is proud to be a warm and welcoming school where we value the uniqueness of everyone and work with our community to develop the full potential of every child. All staff provide a safe, secure and accessible learning environment where each child is valued and their individuality celebrated. Inclusion at our school recognises a child’s right to, and provides for, a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum appropriate to their individual abilities, talents and personal qualities. We are committed to making our best endeavours to meet the special educational needs of pupils, ensuring that they achieve the best possible education. Every teacher is a teacher of every child, including those with SEND. We identify all children across the school that need special consideration to support their physical, social, emotional or intellectual development.

If any child has additional needs, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCO), in consultation with teaching staff, parent and child will formulate plan to meet the child’s needs. These plans and the needs of individual child are regularly reviewed and modified where necessary with consultation with parents, child and outside agencies if necessary. Sometimes, this plan may be developed, as a means of providing the right kind of help within a specific focus. The teachers at this school are committed to providing a curriculum to match the range of learning needs in every class. However, it is sometimes beneficial for a child to spend some time with a teacher or teaching assistant on a one-to-one basis, outside the classroom context. This is not done on an ad-hoc basis, but as part of a carefully designed programme of support. Parents are kept fully involved in this process.

We also acknowledge that some children are more able and we will encourage them to develop their potential.

Mrs Cunningham is the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCO) at Brierley Primary School. Mrs Cunningham organises support for children from across the school that need extra support with aspects of their learning and development. This work is in addition to the interventions being carried out by teachers and our experienced teaching assistants.

Levels of Support:

Some children are supported in school with an EHCP (Education Health Care Plan).

Other children are being supported through school based plans. At Brierley, we have a clear system of identifying children with SEND, including a 'First Concerns' register where intervention and support are put into place to support the children as appropriate.

Here at Brierley, we have adopted the Cheshire East Toolkit for early and accurate identification of children with SEN. We firmly believe in the early identification of developing learning and social needs and ensuring that provision is used where possible to close any gap from forming. We take a proactive, not a reactive approach to closing any gaps.



We have committed to a programme of interventions at Brierley that offers additional support to children on an individual basis to ensure they are able to achieve to the best of their ability.

A number of our interventions are nationally accredited including:
Fisher Family Trust Wave 3 Literacy/Maths

Maths Stars

ELKLAN - Speech and language programme

WELLCOMM - Speech and language toolkit

Other examples include:

Lego Therapy

Social Stories

Sensory Group



(English as an Additional Language)

At Brierley we have a number of different cultures. We have staff in school that support some of our Eastern European families and help them to settle into school. Our teaching and support staff work especially hard to make sure we differentiate the work for each child.

Please find our Local Offer in the files below.

If you have any worries, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Cunningham for an informal chat:

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Brierley Primary School

Mirion Street, Crewe,
Cheshire, CW1 2AZ

Admin contact

Vikki Baker 01270 698840

SENDCO | Hayley Cunningham