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Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

To contact Stephen Turnbull, Inclusion Manager, please email [email protected].

At Maidenbower Junior School we aim to provide the following:

Aims & Objectives

  • To provide all children and young people with an education that is appropriate to their age, aptitude and ability
  • To provide guidance for families regarding their child’s education
  • To regularly involve children and young people and parent carers in an open and transparent planning process, working in co-production to support outcomes
  • To help parent carers and children and young people to understand where and when practical help and support can be provided, including signposting to the SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IAS)
  • To build confidence in joint plans, focusing on outcomes that are personalised for individual children


  • Families are entitled to know what they can expect to happen at each stage of their child’s education journey; how parent carers and children and young people will be involved and what schools will do.
  • Everyone will work together to support pupil progress, and to enhance individual learning pathways.
  • Everyone is committed to open and honest communications; to consulting each other and to provide feedback as needed.
  • Parent carers are entitled to have ongoing involvement throughout their child’s education; to be involved in termly discussions, plans and decisions made, particularly during transition.
  • Everyone will ensure that the child or young person’s needs remain paramount, taking into account relevant law and guidance, e.g. the Children and Families Act (part 3) and the SEND Code of Practice 2015


Support for children with emotional needs and anxiety:

If your child is struggling with their emotions, finding it hard to cope with anxiety, finding it difficult to come into school or facing family difficulties such as a divorce or bereavement then we can offer them counselling support. We offer three levels of support at Maidenbower Junior School:


ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)- This are half hour weekly sessions with our trained ELSA working on emotional issues such as anxiety, confidence, friendship issues and emotional regulation. Support tends to last around half a term.


Pastoral TA Counselling- This is half hour counselling support with our Pastoral TAs who have been trained in counselling. This can be for a range of issues including anxiety, emotional issues, school avoidance and issues at home. Support tends to last between half a term to a term.


Play Therapy with the School Counsellor- We have a fully trained school counsellor who comes into school twice a week. She works on more complex issues through play therapy- support tends to last around a term.

Any member of staff at school can make a referral for counselling. Parents may also make a request for counselling- either speak to your child’s class teacher or email the school via the office email address. Parents permission is needed before children start the sessions and all counselling sessions are confidential. It is also recommended that if your child is receiving counselling outside of school they should not receive counselling within school. Due to high demand for counselling there can be a wait before your child starts with one of our pastoral staff.


SEND Information Report and Policy:

The documents below are details how the NE Crawley locality of schools, of which we are part of, can provide for children who are supported for Special Needs and Disabilities as well as our SEND policy:

Maidenbower Junior School SEND Information report

Maidenbower Junior School SEND policy