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Special Educational Needs

Supporting children with Special Educational Needs

Thornton provides an environment in which all children, including those with special educational needs, are supported to reach their full potential.

The nominated person for inclusion is Josh Simpson. This provision fully supports the SEN policy used within school.


The school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator is Miss Rebecca Squires. 

If you wish to contact Miss Squires please call the school office at 01530 230250 or email for attention of Miss Squires.


A copy of the school’s SEND Policy, SEN Report and the Local Offer can be found below.


Definition of Special Educational Needs

Taken from Section 20 of The Children and Families Act 2014.


A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if they:

  • Have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age: or
  • Have disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.


Parents can feel assure that if their child requires additional support but does not fall into the category of Special Educational Needs, the school will provide all possible help to enable the child to progress. In such circumstances, the school is constrained by the funding provided by the Education Funding Agency (and this is never enough L)


  • All pupils on the SEN record should expect to have dedicated time on, at least, a weekly basis to have one-to-one support to help meet targets on their Support Plan.
  • Support Staff should familiarise themselves with the relevant Support Plans in order that their in-class support for pupils can take into account individual needs.

Partners across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland have created a short animation to help raise awareness of the SEND Local Offer and how it can support those that care for and work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 


The Local Offer brings together the services, advice and help that’s available for children and young people ages 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.


You can find out more about the Local Offer in Leicestershire and view the video here


Parent Carer Forums


There are PCF hub groups for all areas of the county meeting in Melton, Market Harborough and Oadby & Wigston and new venues in Blaby and Hinckley & Bosworth. Hubs continue in North West Leics, Charnwood and 360 play hubs.


Please visit: for confirmed dates and venues.