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Cannington C of E Primary School

Diocese of Bath & Wells



At Cannington Church of England Primary School we are committed to meeting the needs of all pupils, including those with special educational needs, using a ‘whole school’ approach. We aim to provide effective support, ensuring that all pupils have access to the full curriculum provided by the school and are fully included in the school community.

At the earliest opportunity support will be given to pupils by members of staff, working in partnership with parents. All staff are responsible for ensuring pupils overcome barriers to learning and progress in their understanding. Staff will work to ensure that all pupils maintain high levels of self-esteem in order to achieve their full potential.

Our School follows national and LEA guidelines for the inclusion of all pupils.
The effectiveness of provision for pupils with special educational needs will be monitored and evaluated, with reference to the School’s Assessment Policy, by members of the Senior Management Team, the SENCO, the Assessment Co-ordinator and the governor with responsibility for SEND. We recognise that provision for pupils with special educational needs is a matter for the school as a whole and for which all staff have a responsibility.

SENCo – Gemma Toogood



SEND Policy
Policy 2023
Special Educational Needs Information Report
SEND Information Report
SEND Code of Practice 
SEND Code of Practice
Somerset SEND Local Offer
Somerset SEND Local Offer
NSPCC Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Somerset Parent Carer Forum

The Somerset Parent Carer Forum began in October 2012 with an independent group of parent carers united by their experiences, passion, and commitment to ensuring that parent carers are invited and empowered to participate in decision-making in the Local Authority, Health Service, and ultimately Government. To give a voice to Parent Carers in Somerset (or neighbouring counties where they live on the border and use the services in Somerset) of Children and Young People aged 0-25 years with disabilities and/or additional needs by being the platform for their views.

The forum aims to be a leading group in raising awareness of, and sharing information on, the issues and rights of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs and their families. We want to invite parent carers to become members of our forum and join together with existing parent carers to share information, their views and experiences of the children’s and young person’s services (0-25 years) they already use or would like to use in the future.

We work together in partnership with various agencies to contribute to the development of services in order to improve and enhance the experiences and opportunities of children and young people with additional needs or disability by putting parents/carers and families at the heart of decision making.

As such we act as a contact point for Local Authority and Health requests for consultation, parent involvement or participation in any work streams. We aim to work in partnership with all other groups and organisations that support parent/carers of children and young people with disabilities and/or additional needs.


Somerset Parent Partnership

Somerset SENDIAS (Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information, Advice and Support) can give children, young people (aged 0 to 25) and their parent carers information, advice and support about SEND. This can include information on Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessments and Plans.

Somerset SENDIAS is an information, advice and support service for:

  • parent carers of children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with SEND
  • children and young people (aged 0 to 25) with SEND

Somerset SENDIAS offers:

  • a phone helpline and email support
  • individual support to help with issues on SEND
  • information, advice and support on SEND law through the Somerset SENDIAS website and leaflets
  • information, advice and support to help with the Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs, Assessment and process.
  • information, advice and support for mediation and SEND tribunals
  • information on SEND groups available in Somerset
  • information on Somerset’s Local Offer
  • signposting to other services   

The service is free, confidential and impartial.

Telephone 01823 355578

Email SomersetSENDIAS@somerset.gov.uk