Copmanthorpe Primary School


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At Copmanthorpe Primary School, we believe in providing ‘quality first’ teaching. Through using a range of teaching styles and setting differentiated learning objectives, we allow all children to access a curriculum matched to their own individual needs. Many steps are taken to meet children’s  needs, however for some children there are times when additional support may be needed to help them flourish.

Where some children may require a short intervention in order to boost them in a certain area, other children may need longer term support at school.   Children who require extra help, support, or other special provisions to allow them to use the same facilities as other children of the same age, are categorised as having a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND).

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENDCo) is Mrs Emma Wooldridge.

Our governor for SEND is Mrs Sarah Dawson.SEND Report Our SEND Report outlines how we identify, support and monitor the progress of our children with additional needs.


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 the following changes have been made to section 42 of the Children & families Act 2014:

CV19 Act modification notice SEND

These changes are temporary and are advised to be in place between 1st May – 31st May 2020.

Please pay particular attention to

- 2.b (Not possible for local authorities to fully meet their duties as outlined in points i – iv)

- 2.c (Consideration to delivering provision remotely and why this could be partially successful. However, would not represent an effective alternative as outlined in points i – iii)

What are we doing?

  • School remains open to children of key workers, vulnerable students and or those with an EHCP. If your child has an EHCP then please discuss appropriate provision/attendance in school directly with the SENDCO (Emma Wooldridge /
  • For any all other enquiries, please contact the SENDCo directly on the email above.
  • The SENDCO, Senior Leadership Team and teaching assistants are in contact with students with an EHCP (at least 1 x weekly). The school are doing their best endeavours to meet the needs of all individual children’s needs.

Risk assessments have also been completed for all EHCP students currently on roll and will be overseen by the SENDCO and the Senior Leadership Team.

Annual reviews will be held either via the phone or an appropriate group call service which may include video call option such as Zoom.  Further reviews will of course be available should significant adjustments to an EHCP be required upon return to school.

Transition – September 2020

If you have a year 6 son/daughter and are concerned regarding their transition process, please contact the SENDCo and they will respond directly to you. Our usual transition process will be running differently this year and we are currently exploring the potential use of

- Virtual tours

- staff are sharing key information with the secondary schools via the telephone and/or Zoom.

Key Email addresses


School enquiries –


To view the Copmanthorpe Primary School SEND report  - please click here

SEN report


York Local Offer

City of York Council publishes their Local Offer for SEND online. To view this, please click here

Coronavirus and School Closure

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Social Stories. Please feel free to use these stories and guidance to support your children in understanding the current changes to their routines.


What is a virus

School is closed

We are home right now

The Coronavirus Story

Autism and Coronavirus

Why school has changed

Self Isolation

Hello my name is coronavirus

Easter Holidays are Different

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visual Timetable to Support at Home

Visual Timetable

 Support for Parents and Families

The Parents’ Guide to' provides parents of teenagers with a wealth of information they need to help their children create successful futures. In response to the Coronavirus outbreak they have produced a useful guide called The Parent's Guide to coping with school closures.

The Parents' Guide

City of York Council Support

A support for families document has been shared by City of York Council and is full of information, web links and contact details for families in need of support on a number of topics including: housing, finance, food, SEN, mental health and bereavement amongst others.

Support for Families in York

Handling Anger in the Family

The team at Family Matters York are planning to offer an online course from next week on Handling Anger in the Family. It will look at how as adults we manage our own anger and then how we support our children's feelings of anger. It will involve the presentation of material, whole group discussions and small group activities which will all take place online at the same time, on the same day over four weeks.

Anyone who is interested is asked to contact Family Matters with a preference for one of the following times: 9.00-11.00am; 2.00-4.00pm; or 7.30-9.30pm. They can be contacted on T: 07393 147259 or E:

York Wellbeing Service

Here is a link to a helpful booklet that can be completed with your child at home. 

My Helpful Booklet

Letter from Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families. 25.03.20

MP Vicky Ford

Useful links to support with school closure and questions/anxiety about the Coronavirus


Read the news story: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety?
Read the advice: Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 (PDF)
Read the resources list: Recommended resources
Listen to the podcast: How can we best support children and young people with their worries and anxiety? 


Resources to Support Home Learning

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The 4 Broad Areas of Need

Please take some time to look at the links to useful websites below.  

Communication and Interaction
Speech and Language

NHS York Speech and Language Website

Speech and Language Handbook


Autism UK

Autism and York

Autism - an easy read

Communication and Learning


If you have any concerns that your child may have traits of dyslexia or literacy difficulties, some helpful information and websites are listed below. If you would like to speak to your child's class teacher to discuss this further, please make an appointment to do so. 


Our school is working in collaboration with the Driver Youth Trust - a national charity dedicated to improving the life chances of children and young people, with a focus on those with literacy difficulties and who may have SEND. In collaboration between DYT, we have adopted the Drive for Literacy model that addresses the needs of those who struggle with literacy and may be dyslexic. Our school leadership, whole school and key staff (SEND/Literacy team) have access to Drive for Literacy workshops, resources and parent support and advice to ensure pupils with literacy difficulties are able to access the curriculum and experience success as learners. More information on this model, which includes useful information and free resources for parents and schools can be found at and on Twitter @DriverTrust.

Supporting Dyslexia

Please click here for a further information and support.


Social, Emotional and Mental Health


Physical and Sensory

Accessibility Plan 2019 - 2021

 Please click here for the school's Accessibility Plan.