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Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit


At Smallwood Primary School all pupils, regardless of their particular needs, are offered inclusive teaching which will enable them to make the best possible progress in school and feel that they are a valued member of the wider school community.

Language Unit

English as an Additional Language (EAL)



Smallwood Primary School is an inclusive school that recognises and celebrates pupils’ diverse talents and interests.  We understand that all pupils are unique individuals and are committed to ensuring that all pupils, including those with specific and complex needs, receive the highest standard of pastoral care and access to an inspiring, broad and language rich curriculum.  

Curriculum objectives for SEND pupils

  • To ensure that all pupils have access to the school’s curriculum and take part in all school activities, including accessing extra-curricular and outdoor learning opportunities.  
  • To ensure that the curriculum is suitably adapted in response to individual abilities, with a focus on effectively removing barriers to learning across all areas of need.  
  • To provide all pupils with a wide range of challenging and ambitious learning experiences that promote independence and build resilience and confidence. 
  • To prepare pupils well for the next stage in their lives, including supporting them through key transitions within and beyond primary school.  
  • To respond promptly to any concerns raised, ensuring early identification of pupils requiring SEND provision.   
  • To actively involve pupils in decisions affecting their future provision.  
  • To promote the core values of Smallwood Primary School and Language Unit:
    • Never Give Up
    • Believe in Yourself
    • Everyone is Equal
    • Always Take Part 


At Smallwood SEND pupils consistently access high quality teaching and learning opportunities that feel inclusive for each child and are underpinned by the Quality First Teaching approach. The starting point of our curriculum offer is the Early Years Foundation Stage statutory framework and National Curriculum and learning is differentiated in line with pupils’ individual needs and interests.

The curriculum is delivered by:

  • Ensuring that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils and teach pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
  • Using teaching assistants flexibly to facilitate the development of independent learning skills as well the delivery of specific programmes of support and interventions
  • Involving a range of professional and specialist services in deciding how best to support SEND pupils, including harnessing the expertise of Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists working in our Language Unit
  • Ensuring that parents/carers of SEND pupils are kept fully informed of their child’s progress and attainment are enabled to access further support and training when needed
  • Effectively using evidence based interventions to impact on pupils’ progress in line with their Learning Plan and EHCP targets 
  • Prioritising the development of pupils’ speech, language and communication skills by creating communication friendly environments and providing targeted interventions eg Lego Therapy, Explore and Talk, Teach Talk and 1:1 SALT sessions
  • Using a wide range of visual supports and aids to support learning activities including using Communicate in Print and the Colourful Semantics approach to promote literacy and language skills
  • Using a range of strategies to support pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia under the guidance of our Assistant SENCO who is a fully accredited BDA assessor
  • Effectively planning supports for pupils with sensory needs ensuring a range of resources are in place and opportunities to access sensory activities are accessed as required 
  • Providing extensive support for pupils with social and emotional needs including Emotional Check-ins, Mindfulness sessions, Place2Be, Nurture groups and the ELSA programme
  • Providing opportunities, where appropriate, for pupils to access specific learning opportunities on offer in the Language Unit such as Attention Bucket, Sensory Circuits and Life Skills programmes.  
  • Providing regular child led learning opportunities including the delivery of the Year 1 curriculum through the continuous provision approach
  • Using a range of up-to-date technology and ICT equipment to remove barriers to learning and positively impact on pupils’ progress
  • Maximising opportunities for all pupils to experience outdoor learning opportunities, taking advantage of the extensive grounds at Smallwood.
  • Engaging in effective, well planned activities to prepare pupils for transitions within Smallwood and beyond
  • Integrating pupil voice into the ongoing review of our curriculum offer through, for example, the use of One Page Profile and child contributions/attendance in Annual Reviews


At Smallwood we are fully committed to ensuring that SEND pupils are able to flourish both personally and academically, and that they can approach learning tasks independently and with growing confidence.  They make excellent progress towards achieving their personal targets and goals and gain a good understanding of the strategies and supports they can use to help themselves to learn and progress. They experience the full range of opportunities on offer within our school and develop motivation, resilience and effective communication skills.  Above all, they leave Smallwood with a sense of pride and achievement, having been well prepared for the next stage in their journey through life.  

If you have any further questions regarding SEND, please contact Vicki Brophy               

(Deputy Head/SENCO) on 0208 672 6024

alternatively email on senadmin@smallwood.wandsworth.sch.uk

Wandsworth Local Offer

SEND Information Report 2020-21

Special Educational Needs Policy