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SENDCo - Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator

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


We have an open door policy at Twin Sails, if you are worried about your child's progress or their wellbeing please contact us. We are always here to help and support or point you in the direction of someone who can.




"Every child is an individual, with special social, emotional, intellectual, and physical qualities.

Children are unique. They are individuals and no two children are alike: physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually, each child is a unique individual."


"Because children are unique, even if there are common needs and characteristics that children of a particular age or stage of development share, they must be understood by their parents and teachers in their uniqueness, and their individuality must be respected."



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.


School work with a variety of outside agencies in supporting children and families. 

Student Support Plan (SSP - previously Individual Education Plan)

If a child receives extra support or has outside agencies involved then he or she may well have an SSP. This will be written by the class teacher and pupil, with involvement from parents or carers, outlining what the child is working towards and how this will be achieved. Our SSP's are called "I can...I will..." incorporating the child's voice to identify strength's and what they find tricky.


The plan will be regularly reviewed to make sure the support provided is appropriate and tailored to the students needs and progress is being made. The plan is designed so it can be changed and updated as things progress and to suit the needs of the child. The SSP will be shared and reviewed at both parents evening throughout the year. Our school follows the new Graduated Response Toolkit for early years and primary age.


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Primary / Early Year Foundation Stage :




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 anytime for a chat.


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


A template of an SSP can viewed below for your reference:



If your child has a significant medical need, then parent and school will need to complete an individual health care plan. This is to ensure that your child's safety is paramount. These plans are updated as and when changes happen and reviewed annually with the class teacher.

It is important that parents keep school in the loop with medical needs. School work very closely with our school nursing team - 01202 691520. Risk assessments may need to be carried out.


A blank copy of the individual health care plan is attached below for your reference.

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Intervention Groups

At some point your child may receive some intervention throughout their time at school. We are lucky to have high quality programmes on offer along with various environments to suit.


Bubble Room -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 Language room where Mrs Giles spends a lot of her time working with children on their speech and language programmes.


Summer House - Situated in the playground in a peaceful environment away from the main school building . It is well resourced and provides opportunity to explore through play and express themselves. 


Garden -  We have a beautiful Twin Sails sensory garden where the children can enjoy many  sensory spaces. 


Pastoral Intervention

  • Pastoral Support
  • Therapeutic play : A safe, confidential and caring environment is created which allows the child to play with as few limits as possible but as many as necessary (for safety). The child is given Special Time.  So often in modern life we never seem to have enough time to spend with our children - just playing, just being there for them. The child is given strategies to cope with difficulties they face in life and which they themselves cannot change.  It provides a more positive view of their future life. They may be with individual or groups of children.   A variety of techniques - the Play Therapy Toolkit are used according to the child’s wishes and the skills of the therapist.  These may include: 
    • Storytelling 
    • Creative Visualisation 
    • Drama 
    • Puppets & Masks 
    • Music Dance, Movement 
    • Sandplay 
    • Painting & Drawing 
    • Clay, Plasticine & Playdough Games  


  • 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, Hayley Whitbread & Suzie Foulkes


Leaflets : 

                   ELSA leaflet for parents 2019.pdf


    • 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
    • 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


  • 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 Oakley, Lilly, 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 the dogs 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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Learn to Move, Move to Learn Intervention


  • Poor concentration
  • Emotional presentation
  • Poor impulse control
  •  Weak balance and motor skills
  • Weak posture, sitting position
  • Weak academic performance, organisation of work, copying from board.

Learning Support:


  • SALT (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 programmes to improve their skills in this area. The SEN teaching assistants in each year group also deliver these.
  • 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.
  • Five minutes box
    • The Five Minute Box and The Number Box are proven multi-sensory systems for teaching early literacy and numeracy skills and assessing children for potential learning difficulties.
  • Pre-teach
    • Pre-teaching is a strategy that involves teaching children concepts or skills prior to a lesson on the subject. Examples can include: teaching new vocabulary items related to a lesson, explaining new maths concepts prior to a maths class.
  • Bucket 
    • This intervention supports children that are having concentration and attention difficulties. It incorporates practising skills such as, good looking, no touching.

If your child is receiving any of these interventions, your class teacher will inform you. If you have any questions regarding interventions please speak to your child's class teacher or SENDCo. 


If your child is receiving intervention it doesn't necessarily mean that your child has special educational needs, they just require  extra support.

Free Family Workshops - Family Learning Project EDAS

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Speech and Language Therapist Advisory Sessions at Starting Out Together 2019

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