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22/11/2018    I am now connected to all classes on Class Dojo. I can be contacted via dojo as well as e-mail, phone and face-to-face.


January 2019 (date and time tbc) Parents and Carers information sharing event. 







SEND at Swanage Primary School


At Swanage Primary School we strive to support all children to develop and achieve by addressing their specific needs to enable them to make the best possible progress and be successful in all that they do. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning. Inclusive quality teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when additional and/or different provision may be needed to help them achieve their targets.


Additional and/or different provision is currently being made in school for children with a range of needs, including:

1. Cognition and Learning – Moderate learning difficulties; Specific learning difficulties – dyslexia, dyspraxia.
2. Sensory, Medical and Physical – hearing and sight impairment and sensory processing difficulties
3. Communication and Interaction – autistic spectrum condition, Asperger’s Syndrome, speech and language difficulties.
4. Social, Emotional and Mental Health – attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Details of support available and processes relating to this can be found in the Swanage Primary SEND Information Report(School Offer). Additional information can be found in our Special Education Needs Policy.


Our SEND Team

• Our SENCO has a broad experience in the field of SEND and has achieved the national SENCO accreditation.
• Our team of Teaching Assistants have extensive experience and training in planning, delivering and assessing intervention programmes. The teaching assistants and SENCO meet at least once per half term to review and plan for interventions.
• All our staff are trained each year on the needs of new pupils joining the school – this can include training from specialist agencies or consultants, as well as from our Inclusion Leader or other staff with relevant expertise.
• SEND training forms part of the continuing professional development of all teachers and teaching assistants and is organised in accordance with the needs of our children.
• The school SENCO works closely with other local schools, sharing training opportunities; meeting with outside experts.
• The SENCO meets with the senior leadership team once per half term to review and plan the training, guidance and advice that staff across the school need to ensure they meet the additional learning requirements of our children.


Contact Details

SENCO: Mrs Jo Dunesby


Telephone: 01929 422424

Useful links and information for parents and carers.

Weekly visits from Bella provide some children with some relaxation, comfort and a purpose to read.



Bella is a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog. She is looking very smart in her uniform and is ready to come into school on November 1st 2018 to hear some children read to her. In return she will help children to develop confidence  and encourage positive social behaviours. The read2dogs scheme also improves literacy in children by developing their confidence, interest and enjoyment in reading.

Bella and Gill (Bella's owner) have been through some very intensive training and are very excited about coming to see us - to find out more search for Pets As Therapy.

Dorset Special Educational Needs Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS)


SENDIASS is a free, impartial and confidential service that provides information, advice and support to:

  • children and young people aged from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND)
  • parents and carers of children and young people with SEND.


The SENDIASS officer for the Purbeck area is Rebecca Maslen.


If you would prefer me to put you in touch with Rebecca or ask Rebecca to contact you, just let me know.