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What type of support is available?

What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?

This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. But our education provisions will match the needs of the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEN Code of Practice 2014;

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and/or physical needs
  •  At Sir John Lillie Primary School we have a 3 tiered approach to supporting a child’s learning.
    • – this is the quality first teaching your child will receive from her/his class teacher and may include some very minor adaptations to match learning needs. Teachers will differentiate tasks and outcomes to match learning to meet your child’s needs.

Targeted - it may be appropriate to consider making additional short term special educational provision to remove or reduce any obstacles to your child’s learning.  This takes the form of a graduated four part approach of

a) assessing your child’s needs,

b) planning the most effective and appropriate intervention,

c) providing this intervention

d) reviewing the impact on your child’s progress towards individual learning outcomes.


  • Specific targeted one to one or small group interventions may be run outside the classroom. These may be limited to a number a weeks to minimise disruption to the regular curriculum. You will be kept informed of your child’s progress towards learning outcomes.


Specialist – it may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from a specialist professional outside the school in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child. This may include educational psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, sensory advisory teachers and the child development service. The school may need to prioritise referrals to these services. However, for a very small number of pupils access to these specialists may be through a Statement of SEN or an EHC Plan.


  • The current interventions provided at Sir John Lillie Primary school include: