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Special Educational Needs (SEN)

At Tollerton Primary School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities. Our aim is to create an atmosphere of inclusion, encouragement, respect and sensitivity. The inclusion of pupils identified as having special educational needs and disability (SEND) in our school community is integral to the diversity and richness of our school.

We seek to support all our families and pupils. Our SENCo, Mrs Angela Kimbley,, offers support for families and pupils with many issues. If you have any questions or need any help at all, please do not hesitate to contact school for further support.


The following documents and links should help you understand what we do at Tollerton Primary School to support pupils with SEN, and provide you with places to go for further information:

SEN Local Offer: A full and in depth explanation of the main areas of SEN, how we support pupils and the answers to many questions that parents/carers may ask.


Nottinghamshire County Council Council SEN Information: You will be able to find full information here about all aspects of SEN and what support is available in Nottinghamshire for pupils and families.


SEN Local Offer: Nottinghamshire’s SEND Local Offer brings together information for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) and their families across education, health, social care and the voluntary and independent sectors.


We recommend the following websites to help parents who wish to research information and advice independently: – A government guide to support parents of pupils with SEND – A link to the National Autistic Society and Autism Trust. This site provides support for families who have a child with ASD or ASD traits. Autism East Midlands provide help and support to families and individuals affected by autism from across Nottinghamshire. They can support with training for parents, assessment of a child’s needs, specialist provision etc. ADDISS (The National Attention Deficit Disorder Information and Support Service) provide support and resources for parents who have a pupil with ADHD or ADD. They also have details of local support groups. Provide support, assessments and tuition through national learning centres. The Dyspraxia Foundation is a country wide charity that supports to inform and help parents who have children with Dyspraxia. Formerly the National Blind Children’s society offering support for the family and child. The National Deaf Children’s Society can support parents with information and advice, resources, a helpline, making connections with other deaf parents and children, attending local events etc. Parenting advice on sleep, tantrums, using a naughty step, health eating, potty training, using reward charts etc. Link to a leaflet about the Children’s Development Centre at City Hospital. The CDC is a treatment centre which provide specialist professional support for many areas of need including: short breaks, day care, drop in sessions for ASD and Down Syndrome, access to physiotherapists, occupational therapists, community nurses, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, CAMHS, dieticians, post adoption team etc. Support with Downs Syndrome Support with Downs Syndrome A charity helping to improve the lives of disabled children, young people and their families. Nottinghamshire website for Parent Partnership Service – Ask Us. Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services for Nottinghamshire. Support for families in Nottinghamshire with bereavement, loss through separation and divorce and play therapy.

Parent support around mental health and wellbeing for children and families


NSPCCNSPCC Links for dealing with tantrums, separation and divorce, PANTS (the campaign to support children to understand that their body belongs to them), mental health and parenting, baby parenting tips and more.

The following is designed as a go-to resource for mental health and well-being both for pupils and adults. It has links to different websites offering help and advice. 


If you are concerned about mental health issues please do not hesitate to contact school, or your GP. If you are concerned about a child’s welfare you can call MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 0300 500 80 80. If you require an urgent response outside of work hours (8.30am to 5pm) contact the emergency duty team on 0300 456 4546. In an emergency, call 999.


Online resources and go-to websites:


Nottingham Help Yourself

You can find links to services for all kinds of needs here


Child Line

This is a free service with access for children to speak to someone about their concerns


Child Line also has information around how children can manage their feelings using strategies such as breathing exercises, how to express themselves and has practical ideas such as yoga and games.


Anna Freud Centre

This is a national centre supporting young peoples’ mental health. There are lots of ideas for self-care. Although it’s aimed at older children, it will help with ideas and to support positivity.


You will also find a series of podcasts from experts on this website to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems.



This provides an on-line counselling service for older children (KS2 and above).


Young Minds

This site has information for families and older children with mental health difficulties.

The parent helpline is on 0808 802 5544 – open Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm and free from mobiles and landlines.



This is an app used for meditation and has free support useful to children and adults.



This is for parents rather than children and can provide general help ad support and someone to tall to



This is a UK mental health charity that has an online mutual support community for adults


Family action

This FamilyLine service supports people who are dealing with family pressures in a new and innovative way by using a network of volunteers from across the country to support family members over the age of 18


Phone 0808 802 6666

Text 07537 404 282


Family Lives (previously Parentline)

They offer a confidential and free helpline service for families for emotional supp information, advice and guidance on any aspect of parenting and family life. The helpline is open 9am-9pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 3pm over the weekend.

Call 0808 800 2222

  • How not to go to school• Parsley Mimblewood is a home-schooled kid who sees herself as something of an expert on “How to NOT go to School”. The story follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and 7 imaginary friends. Each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up.

The following is a list of websites to support with mental health and other aspects of being at home and supporting families during the time of Covid-19. The links come via a Facebook page so it will ask you to go via Facebook:


Coronavirus (taken from Mum in the Moment Facebook Page)

Some of our children are extremely anxious. For those of you who have children who are a little extra sensitive, anxious or OCD, it can make their struggles so much worse.

At times like these, we need to be positive role models for our children. We need to be careful of what we say in front of their little ears.

Be mindful not to make jokes about coronavirus in front of your children. A joke that seems funny to you (or your children) can be very real for others. Please remind your children to be kind with their words too.

  • Kindness is contagious... but something worth spreading. Pass the kindness on at this time of unease and uncertainty.

To help calm the chaos, the following is a set of links and videos to help you to explain Coronavirus to children, teens and young adults.

Before talking to your child about the coronavirus outbreak please try and reduce your own fear and anxiety around it. They need to see and hear your calm.

  • 7 Breathing exercises to help children feel calm…/

  • Child Mind: Talking to kids about coronavirus…/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavi…/

  • Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus…/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-n…

  • 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus…/coronavirus-teenagers-anxiety.html

  • Experts offers parents advice for talking to their children about the COVID-19 outbreak.…/coronavirus-how-to-talk-to-kids-…

  • How to Explain the Coronavirus to Kids with Anxiety or OCD…/

  • For the grown ups…/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/…

Let's all try to respond in the calmest, wisest and kindest way we can 



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