Special and Additional Needs

Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Methley Primary School is part of the Brigshaw Learning Partnership, amulti-academy trust.

We have an inclusive ethos and work in partnership with children, parents and other agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes. We have high expectations of all our children and put support in place at the earliest possible stage where it is needed.

We ensure all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum. Children may have special educational needs that require additional support when progress has slowed or stopped.

From September 2014, there were a number of changes to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  The changes were a result of a Children and Families Act 2014 which became law on the 13 March 2014. The Act aims to improve how different agencies and services work together and create a more joined-up approach to the statutory assessment process for children and young people with the most complex needs. To find out what Leeds as a city has to offer follow this link!/directory


All children are treated as individuals and the class teacher, alongside key support staff, plans an appropriately differentiated curriculum for children with additional needs to ensure high quality teaching and learning with effective support and resources. Clear learning targets (or Individual Learning Plans) are put in place and reviewed regularly to monitor progress and the impact of additional support and intervention.

Key assessments are made to ensure children are on track to meet their targets and that planning and teaching accurately address needs; planning is regularly reviewed and evaluated to inform next steps.
Children are involved in the setting of personal targets and in the review of progress alongside teachers and support staff. Parents are vital partners in the child’s learning journey through school and are invited to attend review meetings of their child’s progress each term. Parents are always encouraged and expected to engage in supporting learning in different ways, such as targeted homework and regular reading at home.

The school works alongside and seeks support from other agencies where required to maximise learning opportunities and potential e.g. Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), Speech and Language therapy, Physiotherapy Service and the School Nursing team. We have close links with Local Authority services such as the SEN Inclusion Team, Educational Psychologists and school improvement. We offer cluster based services including family outreach workers and access to Parent Partnership services.

Meet the Team

SENDCO Name: Ms Catherine Waddle    


The SENDCO liaises with teaching and support staff, parents and external agencies. The Inclusion Team comprises of Mrs Sallie Elliot (Headteacher), Mrs Hayley Keyl (Early Years SEND) and Mrs Sarah Brown (Pupil Welfare Officer)



Anappropriate, exciting and accessible learning environment is provided within school. The school building itself enables easy access for wheelchair users; the school has a lift for access to the upper floor. There are two disabled toilets and a care suite available within school; there are two disabled parking bays in our car park.

In addition, in compliance with DDA requirements and our Trust and school policies, every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled children, staff and visitors.