Meeting our Children’s Needs and ensuring that we are a fully inclusive setting,
at Dean Field Community Primary we provide learning, which meets the needs of every child. Like most schools, we have a number of pupils who have additional educational needs. Such needs may include:
• Learning difficulties
• Communication difficulties
• Medical conditions
• Behavioural issues

Children with additional or special educational needs may need extra help and support from us and here at Dean Field we have a dedicated team of staff which include Learning Mentors, support assistants and other adults who, alongside class teachers, will provide support for those children who have additional educational needs.

SEND Policy
SEND Information Report

SEND Information for Parents Leaflet

Local Offer

To ensure that children’s individual needs are met and the necessary support is given, we liaise with a range of agencies such as the NHS Physiotherapy Team, Speech & Language Therapy Service, Occupational Therapy, Hearing Impairment Team, The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Team, the Calderdale SEND team and many more.

Links to

SALT communication Top Tips leaflet

Useful websites

SEND Interventions
Dean Field provides a range of additional interventions and strategies to help our pupils with their difficulties. Including:

Cognition and Learning

‘Read Write Inc.’
Read Write Inc. Phonics teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.

A multi-sensory resource which encourages an understanding of number and arithmetic relationships. It also helps to reinforce the use of number in real-life contexts.

‘Times Tables Rock Stars’
On online way to practice times tables which can be accessed in school and at home.

‘Accelerated Reader’
Accelerated Reader engages children, motivates reading practice and improves reading progress. A child reads a book, takes an online quiz, and gets immediate feedback. Children respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills.

‘Jump Ahead’
Is a motor programme that which is a structured, graded intervention to develop all the underlying movement skills a child need for confidence and progress in the classroom.

Communication and Interaction

‘Let’s Talk’
Is a programme that aims to maximize young children’s communicative potential by encouraging speaking, listening and language skills.

Black Sheep

An intervention to use with children as a practice for specific speech and language.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

‘Forest School’
Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. It’s a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

‘Social Stories’
These stories, which can be a written or visual, guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts to support those children who don’t understand them.

Lego based intervention
Elements Therapies have developed a Lego based intervention for schools and families that help with social and relational communication whilst developing skills such as following instructions, giving instruction, sharing, communication, and tidying up.

Lego club is based on the basic principles of play therapy and Lego based therapy (- originated by Daniel Legoff in the USA). Lego club is much more than simply playing with Lego; a trained facilitator guides the children through a series of development and encourages them to address and resolve peer to peer or social communication issues, helping them to express their feelings whilst learning problem solving skills.

Elements Therapies facilitated group sessions can help develop and reinforce play and social skills such as

– Verbal and non-verbal communication
– Joint attention
– Task focus
– Sharing and turn taking
– Problem solving
– Following and giving detailed instruction
– Asking for help

Lego Club is a fun way to build upon existing and emerging skills and the possibilities are endless!
Play, have fun, listen, reflect, nurture and build.
Is a structured, group intervention designed to help children learn and practise social skills.