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What are the different types of support available for the children with SEND at the school?

We have a committed team of staff who may be involved in supporting your child at Compton CE Primary School.  

These include:

  • Your child’s teacher, who will always make sure that learning is appropriate and accessible for your child.
  • Teaching Assistants, who support all pupils in class and can provide additional support to individual children or small groups under the direction of the class teacher. Teaching Assistants are trained to deliver a range of interventions for SEND pupils who are significantly below their peers.
  • Sarah Howells heads up our Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) team and offers support to children who are having a range of difficulties e.g. those who may be having difficulty managing and understanding their feelings, getting on with their friends, have self-esteem issues, may be experiencing parental separation, bereavement or a chance for a child to off-load their emotions about something that is important to them.
  • In addition to the above, we have Thrive trained practitioners who deliver a Thrive programme ( to our looked-after children (LAC) and post looked-after children (PLAC).  This is delivered in a wonderful room called The Nest which is a feelings and sensory room where children have the chance to play and build relationships, focusing on their social and emotional development.  Some children are also given regular pastoral support in this room for a range of reasons (and this is reviewed on a termly basis to ensure as many children as possible with a need receive support).
  • Our school is signed up to ‘Dyslexia Literacy’ (previously Dyslexia Gold)  which is an online programme which helps us to identify barriers when reading, spelling or recalling important key facts. Although this programme offers a Dyslexia screening, we are not diagnosing or stating that your child has dyslexia.  However, it may be that they have some dyslexic traits that are a potential barrier to their learning, or they may just be having difficulties in grasping phonological awareness.  The programme is designed to support any child who has found it difficult to apply the phonological skills to reading and spelling. Additionally, it can help address issues with eye tracking when reading or writing.  It should be noted that we do not have the capacity to offer a ‘formal dyslexia assessment’ in school, but Dyslexia Gold offers a dyslexia screening highlighting key indicators for children who find reading or spelling difficult.  For more information you can visit their website:  (  In addition to this we do sometimes screen children to see if the use of coloured overlays is helpful (for reading).
  • SENDCO (Annabel Connatty/Sarah Howells) are very experienced in this role. They attend all local training and updates and works closely with other SENDCOs in the local area. They also coordinate the provision of SEN in school and liaise with a wide range of profressionals whilst trying to work with staff to support your child in school.
  • Diane Werker is the School Governor who works with the SENDCO in leading SEN in school.
  • As a school, we also buy in to the services of Plymouth Learning Partnership (PLP) and via their Multi-agency Support Team (MAST) we are able to access a range of support services.  They use a balance of psychology and therapeutic methodologies to provide tailored interventions that address school and family needs.  who have worked with parents, children and families to offer counselling, therapy (e.g. art or drama therapy) and support.  The MAST team is made up of Educational Psychologists, Counsellors, Therapists, Systemic Family Therapists and Family Learning Mentors.  In addition to this support they also offer a wide range of training programmes for our staff.
  • Sometimes school may commission Specialist Support to work with identified children with a particular focus. These might include:
  1. NHS Speech and Language Team
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Multi-agency support team (MAST)
  4. Communication Interaction Team (CIT)
  5. Plymouth Advisory Team for Sensory Support (PATSS)
  6. Outreach from a specialist school
  7. Local Authority Educational Psychologist
  8. School Nurse
  9. Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  10. Other specialist provision


Link to access policy here.