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Inclusion Team


SENCo - Katie Walker  k.walker@twinsailsinfant.co.uk


Safeguarding & Wellbeing Officers - Anna Dyson & Helen Henstridge

a.dyson@twinsailsinfant.co.uk        h.henstridge@twinsailsinfant.co.uk



We are the Inclusion Team and work closely together to ensure your child is happy, progressing well and thriving in all areas of school life. 

On this page of the website you will find information on all the Intervention programmes that are on offer here and also parenting and family support.

Twin Sails is a very special school and we feel privileged to be part of your child's learning journey.

Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have any worries or concerns, however big or small via email addresses above or give us a call (01202 672377) we are here to help.

You will see us on the school gates meeting and greeting the children every morning.


Katie, Anna and Helen 








Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age.  These children may need extra or different help than that offered to others within their class, more likely to be supported by an intervention programme . Early identification of a special need is vital in ensuring the child gets the right type of support at the right time. Here at Twin Sails we aim to do just that and have a number of intervention strategies to help us as well as a team of committed and highly trained staff delivering additional  support




Pastoral Support


We offer support to all our school family regarding emotional, behavioural and parenting issues, and work extensively with outside agencies and our neighbouring schools.

We understand that children can experience some anxieties and this can have an impact on a child's learning and general wellbeing, pastoral care chats can help with this.

If something has happened at home that may be causing your child upset or distress please inform us or the class teacher and we will work together to support your child.

From time to time we run Parenting Support Workshops when we offer friendly advise and support together with a nice cuppa!


Intervention Overview


Pastoral Support Learning Support
ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) Early Years Booster - English & Maths
Pastoral Chats Fine and Gross Motor
Pets as Therapy dogs Pre-Teaching
Therapeutic Play 5 minute box
Drawing & Talking therapy Extra Phonics booster
Social Skills Extra Reading (Dandelion scheme & Pets as Therapy dogs)
"Little Pirates Group" - Service family children's group Fischer Family Trust
"Little Hedgehogs" - Nurturing Group  
Bucket Time - Helping with concentration  
Sensory/OT Support  


Take a look at our helpsheets for parents and carers.........

New Arrangements For Supporting S.E.N.D. Children

Pets as Therapy


As part of the well being and pastoral care of the children we offer the unique opportunity to spend time with our Pets as Therapy dogs Sonny, Oakley, Bow or Mya.

The dogs are owned and trained by Jenny Clarke from Sunnyoak Golden Retrievers and Dog Services and have been thoroughly assessed for their suitability by Pets as Therapy.


Jenny explains "The children get the chance to spend "special time" with the dogs; stroking, brushing or story telling with them. We also walk them, do circle time activities and as part of the commitment to the scheme we have recently started 'Read 2 Dogs'. This is where children who lack confidence or who just need a little more encouragement and incentive to read can do so to Sonny and Oakley in a relaxed atmosphere.  Since the introduction of our Pets as Therapy dogs we have been really thrilled with the results and positive feedback from children and their families. We are very proud to be able to provide this opportunity to the children here at Twin Sails".


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Fischer Family Trust


Fischer Family Trust is an early intervention for children  who have difficulties learning to read and write. The programme has been recognised as an effective approach to boosting children's reading and writing skills.  This Wave 3 intervention is delivered by two very experiences teachers and  one of our HLTAs.



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ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistants


We recognise at Twin Sails there are challenges in supporting pupils whose learning is negatively affected by emotional difficulties. As a school we are committed to working together to ensure the inclusion, achievement and well-being of all pupils and as a result have staff trained in providing emotional support to help children to deal with difficult emotions.

We provide help so they can develop ways to cope with a family split or a bereavement, manage anger or to develop social skills enabling them to make friends more easily.

Whatever the concern it's our aim to make sure the children here are relaxed and happy and ready to learn.


Our ELSA's are:

Helen Henstridge, Anna Dyson and Karen Boyce


What is Emotional Literacy?


  • Understanding and coping with the feelings about ourselves and others
  • Developing high self esteem & positive interactions with others
  • Being emotionally literate helps children focus better on their learning


On this page we aim to post ideas and helpful advice on how you can help your child; for example in areas such as empathy, self esteem or perhaps pick up some tips about calming techniques.  Parents and carers will be able to find out about recommended books which may be useful and links to other websites for some self-help at home.


ELSA sessions help children in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning, and some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others.  ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists.  It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

We are lucky enough to have three qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants at Twin Sails.  They have been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to children experiencing temporary or long term additional emotional needs.  The majority of ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social or friendship skills.  Sessions are fun, we use a range of activities such as; games, role play with puppets or arts and craft.  Each session lasts for approx. 30-45 minutes, after 6 weeks the child's progress will be reviewed by talking to class teacher and parent.


In ELSA we aim to provide support for a wide range of emotional needs:

  • Recognising emotions
  • Self-esteem
  • Social Skills
  • Friendship skills
  • Anger Management
  • Loss and bereavement








Little Pirates


Our Little Pirates group is for children in years R, 1 and 2 who have a member of their family serving in the Armed Forces. The club is run on a Friday lunchtime in the "Woodland" room. The children have the freedom to choose from several activities including craft activities, games, puppet shows, construction blocks and a small world pirate ship and play world.

The club is not compulsory, and the children may dip in and out as they choose. 

Speech & Language Support


Some children need additional support with their speech and language. Debbie Giles is an experienced Teaching Assistant here who specialises in Speech and Language support and intervention. Mrs Giles works closely with children and Speech and Language Therapists to deliver programme to improve their skills in this area.



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EAL (English as an Additional Language)


Learning new skills is a daunting prospect for many children, however consider how this challenge is increased if English is not your mother tongue. Patrycja Stachowicz is our Polish Teaching Assistant, she explains how she supports our Polish children.


"I support children in the classroom, small groups and on an individual basis mainly helping them access numeracy, literacy and topic work. I also focus on phonics, spelling and reading, depending on the level of support required. If a child is new to England then we start by play simple games and using fun ways to build confidence and introduce English. For the children who know England, but just need more practice at using their skills correctly, then I focus on more complex games that require a more in depth use of English. I also run a popular lunch time club where we sing nursery rhymes and read stories".



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Intervention Groups


In addition there are other specialised interventions happening on a day to day basis across the school. We focus on helping children who need help with literacy, numeracy, attention and concentration as well as fine and gross motor skills. Whilst we aim to keep children in the class, with their peers, for the main part we are very lucky to have dedicated spaces available to us which means we can take small groups out of the busy class rooms and work more creatively!


Bubble Room - (picture to follow) This is our sensory room where children can chill out and unwind for 5 minutes. This is important for children who may have specific sensory needs or just find being in a loud and busy class room overwhelming at times


Rainbow Room - This is our specialised sound proofed Speech and Langauge room where Mrs Giles spends a lot of her time.


Garden -  We have a beautiful Twin Sails garden where the children can enjoy many  sensory spaces, Mrs Green our gardener uses her "green fingers" to full effect! 

School Support Plan (SSP - previously Individual Education Plan)

If a child receives extra support then he or she may well have an SSP. This will be written by the class teacher, with involvement from parents or carers, outlining what the child is working towards and how this will be achieved.

The plan will be regularly reviewed to make sure the support provided is right and everything is on track. The plan is designed so it can be changed and updated as things progress and to suit the needs of the child.

The plan maybe in place for a term or longer, depending very much on the child's need.

If your child has an SSP or you have any concerns please get in touch with your class teacher who will be more than happy to discuss it with you. Mrs Walker is also available at parents evenings for a chat.


Please contact us at Telephone: 01202 672377 or Email: office@twinsailsinfant.co.uk



SEND School Report - A summation of the SEN support we offer at our school

  • Twin Sails Infant School and Nursery,
  • Blandford Road, Hamworthy,
  • Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AX
  • Telephone: 01202 672 377
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