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Parents  »  Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At Primrose Lane we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve at school. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality first teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further support may be needed.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) is: Mrs Jo Turnbull. 
All SEND provision is overseen and managed by Mrs Turnbull. You can telephone school on 01937 842667 to make an appointment, or email her directly on turnbullj@primroselane.leeds.sch.uk 


At the heart of the work of every primary school class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment which takes account of the wide range of abilities, aptitudes and interests of the children. The majority of children will learn and progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments and achievement in specific subjects fall significantly outside the expected range may have Special Educational Needs (SEN).

At Primrose Lane, we provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils based on three principles:

  • setting suitable learning challenges;
  • responding to pupils’ diverse learning needs;
  • overcoming potential barriers to learning.

Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age;
  • have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. This may relate to impairments in communication and interaction, cognition and learning, behavioural, emotional and social development, or sensory or physical needs.

For children who have a specific learning difficulty or a disability, our SEN policy and information report outlines the educational support we provide – this is often referred to as our ‘SEN Offer’.

This provision is alongside the Leeds Local Offer.

You might also like to read our Equality and accessibility plan

If you’re not happy with the any of the arrangements in place for your child, we would always recommend that you initially speak to your child’s class teacher or Mrs Turnbull. Our aim is to work together for the best outcomes for your child.

If a resolution isn’t possible, you may wish to follow our complaints procedure. If you’re unhappy with anything in relation to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment or an EHC plan, please email sensap@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 378 5256.

In addition to the formal support processes set out above, parents and young people can seek advice and support from Leeds SEND Information Advice Support Service who will be able to offer support. You can email sendiass@leeds.gov.uk or call the Helpline on 0113 378 5020.

We have written a set of frequently asked questions from parents/carers which you may find useful.

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