SEN and Inclusion

SEN and Inclusion

Gorse Hill School is an inclusive school where all staff are committed to the success of every pupil. All children are valued, respected and welcomed at our school, whatever their additional educational needs may be. We support children’s learning and aim to ensure they are fully included in all school activities.
As a school we follow the Government’s Code of Practice to identify, assess and support pupils with special educational needs.
The school has a dedicated team who are able to support your child’s:-

  • Academic needs
  • Social development
  • Emotional needs
  • Communication and interactions
  • Speech and language
  • Behaviours
  • Mental well-being
  • And other concerns that you may have

If you are concerned about your child, please speak to your child’s class teacher.

SEN and Inclusion team

Becky Thompson – SENCO, Ros Ginger – Inclusion Manager, Liz Galvin – Learning Mentor & Lisa Sims – Learning Mentor

Inclusion Manager and Learning Mentors

The school’s inclusion manager Ros Ginger works alongside the schools learning mentors, Lisa Sims and Liz Galvin. As a team, they work together across the whole school to support children and their families. They work with children, parents, school staff and outside agencies to find the best way forward for children who may be experiencing difficulties, which may be affecting their learning and their emotional well-being. They are also able to provide support for pupils to help develop academic, personal and social skills.

How the Learning Mentors can help:

  • To provide day to day practical support, through advice and guidance to enable children to function effectively and independently.
  • To target support according to need
  • To help remove barriers to learning, both within and outside school
  • To support transition procedures into KS1, KS2 and links to secondary school
  • To promote positive behaviour and implement strategies to improve behaviour
  • To be aware of attendance issues and to promote good attendance
  • To run groups to support children’s needs i.e. friendship, self-esteem, anger management and self confidence
  • To promote self-discipline and socially acceptable behaviour

The inclusion manager and learning mentors can also offer one to one support for children experiencing difficulties. In some cases the staff in school will identify children who may need help, but if you as a parent have concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Ginger to discuss your concerns.

SEND Useful Links


(Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service) – a free independent confidential service working with all parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs

SEN Useful information to download





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Visual Impairment

Speech & Language


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