At South Petherwin, our role is to ensure that your child achieves the very best they can, no matter what barrier there may be with their learning. Approximately one in five children will have special education needs and disabilities (SEND) at some time during their school career – this may mean having a learning difficulty and/or physical difficulty that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age.

We have a team of staff who may be involved in supporting your child at South Petherwin. These include:

  • Your child’s teacher – your first port of contact for any concerns. They are available to you at the end of the day and often through booked appointments and manage the day to day provision and education for your child.
  • Learning Support Assistants – who support all pupils in the class. We have several additional LSAs who help support groups with their learning and/or maybe allocated to individual children with specific special educational needs.
  • Trauma Informed Schools Practitioners - Ms Mills, Mrs Little and Miss Wills 
  • SENCo – Miss Wills who coordinates the provision of SEND in school and liaises with external agencies.
  • Assistant SENCo and Autism Champion - Mrs Crocombe
  • One of the School Governors works with and monitors the role of the SENCo in school.
  • Headteacher – Mr Avery has the day to day management of all aspects of the school, including special educational needs provision.

Children within school will get support that is specific to their individual needs. This may be all provided by the class teacher or may involve other staff in the school, staff who visit from Cornwall's central services or staff who visit from outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy Service.

The Local Authority has special arrangements for assessing children and deciding which facilities are appropriate for the needs of each individual child.  Parents and Carers may request that an assessment be made.  A formal assessment may result in an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) being issued. Your child's EHCP will indicate exactly what provision they will receive.

CAMHS Resources

The above site was created for young people, carers and professionals to pool together lots of helpful resources from across the internet that are available to help support mental health and well-being. It includes downloads, web links, videos, apps and book recommendations.  Areas covered include helping children sleep, building resilience, reducing anxiety, managing stress and anger, calming strategies and many more.  There is also a section dedicated to Coronavirus. 


Classroom Secrets Support Resources

Classroom Secrets have produced a support resource with 'visual timetable' materials for children who may struggle with routine, fine motor skills and memory games.  All can be found in the resource below.  Classroom Secrets are also producing weekly Home Learning Packs for children in all year groups including English and Maths resources, parental guidance and answer books.  All can be downloaded using the following link:

Scroll down the page slightly, and on the right hand side you will find a drop-down menu via which you can find the current week’s resources (it’s rather small so not the easiest to find).  Please bear in mind that much of the rest of the country began the Summer Term a week after Cornwall, so in our Week 4, these resources will be labelled Summer Term Week 3, and so on.

Twinkl Resources

Please find below a range of resources that may be of use covering topics such as self esteem, worries, memory, listening skills, vocabulary and language development and support resources for those with Dyslexic tendencies.  There are also some activities to aid development in very young children.

Twinkl have "Home Learning Packs" for all year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 containing a range of English, Maths and resources in other subjects. They also have resources such as '60 second reads' providing short texts that may appeal to more reluctant readers.  Use the search box at the top of their screen after logging on to Twinkl.  To access Twinkl, use the following link:

When accessing Twinkl for the first time, you will need to complete the section on the right of the screen (entering an email address and creating a password). You should find the “Offer Code” strip is already filled in, but if not, enter the following: 


You should then have access to the bank of Twinkl resources.

BBC Resources

The BBC also have a 'toolkit' of resources designed to help support pupils with SEND, available here:

Reading Scheme Books

The Oxford Owl website is providing free access to eBooks of the type found in school reading schemes.  It requires you to register, but it’s free, quick and easy.  You can filter the books by level to find books of a suitable degree of difficulty. There are also games and activities to go with the books.

TTS Activity Book

The TTS  Independent Home Learning Activity Book is a workbook-type resource, and covers a range of subjects.  It can be found here:

Reading and Multiplication Challenges

Many children enjoy our ‘Around the World’ multiplication challenge in the classroom (resources below), and a similar resource exists for reading, which encourages a ‘little and often’ approach.  In the Reading Miles Global Challenge, 10 minutes reading equates to 500 air miles.  When a child has completed the journey around the world they will have travelled 33 000 miles, and completed 11 hours of reading in total.  See bank of resources below.

Talk for Writing

Talk for writing methods and resources are used in many primary schools and are highly regarded as a means by which to encourage children to write (if reluctant) and to build on and improve on their writing skills.  They have so far produced two home learning units for each year group, which can be downloaded here:

Reading Fluency Support Pack

The folder in the resource bank below with this title contains a variety of resources to help develop fluency when reading.  Instructions for the activities can be found in the document named Reading Fluency Activities - Explanation, so it is advisable to view this document first.  Twinkl 60 Second Reads are mentioned in this document.  They can be found separately using the instructions for accessing Twinkl, above.

Reading and Writing Bingo

Pupils may also like to use the Reading and Writing Bingo Charts (see bank of resources below), aimed at encouraging reading and writing for a range of purposes and in informal ways.

Spelling and Handwriting Support Pack

A range of handwriting and spelling activities from Years 1 to Year 4 (which are available from Twinkl) are included in the Spelling and Handwriting Support Pack in the resource bank below.