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Head Teacher: Debbie Boughen | Email Us | Tel: 01282 429 419 | Address: Tabor Street, Burnley, Lancashire, BB12 0HL
Whittlefield Primary and Nursery School
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Whittlefield Primary School is a mainstream primary school. We believe that every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person, including those with SEND. If children are not able to ‘learn the way we teach’ then we must ‘teach the way they learn’. Good practice for pupils with Special Educational Needs is good practice for all.

We identify the appropriate action to take in order to meet specific needs. Early identification is essential because the sooner we take action the more responsive the pupil is likely to be to the intervention.

The identification process is achieved through continual use of classroom observations, questioning and assessments of all pupils. Progress is tracked formally on a half termly basis and where appropriate, more frequently. This aids identification of their immediate and long term needs.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator: Mrs Natalie Sumner

If you wish to discuss your child’s needs or provision, please call the school office to make an appointment with Mrs Sumner our SENCo.

The Local Offer

The Local Offer sets out at the ‘local authority level’ what the Local Authority expects to be available in every school. This is available here.

Family Information Network Directory (FIND)
The FIND database includes information about disabled children and young people up to 25 years old in Lancashire. Click here for the latest newsletters.

Complaints for parents of children with Special Educational Needs:
The complaint procedure for special educational needs mirrors the school’s other complaints procedures. Should a parent or carer have a concern about the special provision made for their child they should in the first instance discuss this with the class teacher.

If the matter is not resolved satisfactorily parents have recourse to the following:

  • discuss the problem with the SENCO
  • discuss the problem with the Headteacher
  • More serious on-going concerns should be presented in writing to the SEN Governor, who will inform the Chair of the Governors

Should you wish to make an appointment with any of the above, please contact the school office on 01282 429419 or at

The complaints procedure can be found on the school website.
If the complaint regards a Statutory Assessment of a child’s needs, the complaint should be forwarded to the Local Authority.

Parents/Carers can find more information by clicking here.

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