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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Who is responsible for the Special Educational Needs provision in school?

The SEND Coordinator is Mrs Gurbutt

The Governor responsible for SEND is Mrs Vosper

Further Information

Parents of children with SEND may find further information on the available provisions in Essex on the Essex Local Offer Website. Here specific services and resources may be found to help with the process of gaining the outcome desired for a child or young person with SEND.

Further support and information can be found through the following websites: 

SEND Code of Practice (2014):

Essex Local Offer advice pages on SEND, One Planning and EHCPs:  

Essex SEND, Information and Advice Service (Essex SEND IASS) provides free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support about Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) for children and young people (0-25), parents and carers: https://www.essexsendiass.co.uk/  

Family Innovation Fund-Xtra services are provided by the voluntary sector and community partners and provide early support across key areas including managing and coping with change; separation and loss; managing and coping with anxiety; healthy family relationships and staying active and curious: https://www.essex.gov.uk/news/new-support-services-launched-for-children-and-families 

Referral made via professionals 

Essex Educational Psychology Service provide a parent helpline available every Monday afternoon during term time, between 1pm and 5pm. Call: 01245 433293. An EP will listen to your concerns and discuss ideas, and help you consider what to do next:  


Families in Focus are a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 25) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis:  01245 353575 


Family Solutions help families with a range of issues. They work with families for up to 12 months by helping them identify their own solutions to their problems. Family Solutions will work with families who have two or more of the following difficulties described as ‘Intensive’ in The Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex Guidance


Essex Family Wellbeing deliver child and family health services, provide on-going additional services for vulnerable children and families: https://essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk/team/braintree-rural/   

They also provide Parenting Help for Emotional Wellbeing (PHEW), offering a 30 minute virtual appointment for you to discuss your current challenges and offer strategies to best support your child or young person’s emotional wellbeing. Last Monday of the Month (excluding Bank Holidays) Appointments available throughout the day Please contact 0300 247 0014 to book. 


Special needs and Parents (SNAP charity), provide a range of services to support parents: https://www.snapcharity.org/  

Autism Anglia is an independent charity that provides care and support to autistic children, adults, and their families in East Anglia: https://www.autism-anglia.org.uk/about-autism-anglia 

Young Minds offers mental health support for young people, parents and carers: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/  

Kids Inspire provide mental health and trauma recovery support for children, young people and their families: https://www.kidsinspire.org.uk/ 

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children's and Adolescent's Mental Health Service (SET CAMHS) provides advice and support to children, young people and families who are in need of support with their emotional wellbeing or mental health difficulties: https://www.nelft.nhs.uk/set-camhs  

VICTA are a support group for parents of a child who is blind or partially sighted, or a young adult aged 29 or under: https://www.victa.org.uk/  

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times: https://www.home-start.org.uk/  

MAZE group run a variety of services to support parents of children with SEND, including workshops and monthly coffee mornings: https://www.themazegroup.co.uk/    

They also run a Facebook support group: https://www.facebook.com/TheMAZEGroupCiC/  

ADHD / ASD parent support group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/adhduksupport/  

British Dyslexia Association offer support and advice and signpost local groups: https://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/about  

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