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Dorset SENDIASS is a statutory service offering free, confidential, accurate and impartial advice and support to families living in Dorset:



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

SEND News!




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



10/01/2019  I have been asked about Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs). Please scroll a little further down to find out more. 


27/01/2019   I want to set up termly SEND information sharing events with parents. If you have something that you'd like to know more about please let me know. I shall be sending an e-mail out next week asking you to get in touch so that I can plan some events based around SEND topics that mater to you!


22/03/2019  I have just received a flyer from Action for Children about  a FREE challenging behaviours workshop for parents who would like support to understand their child’s behaviour (2-12 years of age) or feeling a lack of self-efficacy to help manage such behaviour. There are spaces available at the workshop being held in Swanage on May 20th. See flyer for further details.

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 always looks very smart in her uniform and gets very excited about coming into school. She has been coming in every week since November 2018, giving some children an opportunity to read to her. In return she helps the children to develop their confidence and encourages positive social behaviours.


The read2dogs scheme 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 - to find out more search for Pets As Therapy.

Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)

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.