Hello there, my name is Dawn Coates and I have worked at Elliston Primary Academy since the amalgamation in September 2010 and before that was both teacher and deputy head teacher in the previous Elliston Infant School for 18 years. In all of those combined 22 years I have come to know many of the families that both attend our school or are now part of our local community. I feel that this privileged position provides me with an insight into the specific needs of our families and their children whether it be educational or pastoral.
I am not only the Vice Principal at Elliston Primary Academy but also the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and as part of a large, experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, my role is to ensure that all children at Elliston Primary Academy achieve to their full potential regardless of whether they have a special educational need or disability.
Here at Elliston Primary Academy we are strongly committed to raising the aspirations of and expectations for all pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) and we provide a focus on outcomes for children and not just provision/support.
In order to do this to the best of our ability we need the support and experience of all our stakeholders, especially the parents of children who may have a special educational needs as you are the people who know your child best. Through a collaborative approach we will always endeavor to listen to your concerns and anxieties, which can arise when our children are experiencing difficulties in any form, and work with you in resolving those issues. You will be invited in for regular reviews of your child’s progress and attainment but I am always available to talk to either by telephone or by arranging a meeting that fits better around your commitments.
If you would prefer to contact me via email don’t hesitate to send your questions, queries or ideas to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Coalition government is reforming the way in which provision and support is made for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities in England. New legislation (The children’s and Families Act 2014) came into force on 1st September 2014. A new SEN Code of Practice accompanies this legislation and it can be found on the Department for Education’s website:
Since September 2014 the New Code of Practice states that all local authorities should publish their local offer and it can be found on our school’s website. The local offer provides information on what services children, young people and their families can expect from the authority. Knowing what is available gives you more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for your child.
We at Elliston Primary School also have a SEND policy which can be obtained from Mrs Coates or Dena Shields.
If you have any concerns that your child may have special educational needs and is not yet identified as such and you would like to discuss this then the first point of contact would be their class teacher and if you feel you need further discussions beyond the class teacher, appointments can be made with any member of the senior leadership team by contacting the school office.
If you would like to be involved in the decision making process please contact either your class teacher, Mrs Coates or Dena Shields. Please Click HERE for contact details.