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John Bamford Primary



The John Bamford Primary School prides itself as an inclusive school which strives to support all children to enable them to make the best possible progress and achieve well. To accomplish these aims, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum with high quality teaching. We provide effective support for children with special educational needs and disabilities, starting from our first contacts with parents and / or carers when a child enters our school. At some point in every child’s education journey a need for extra support may be required whether it be to plug gaps, catch up, advance learning or due to emotional, social or behavioural factors.

At John Bamford we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different. We make sure that additional needs are identified early and we offer a range of provision according to identified needs. We work with a range of other professionals, to make sure that all children receive the support they need to do well at school.

All staff take responsibility for Inclusion with detailed support from our Inclusion Lead Mrs Hamnett, our SENDCO Mrs Dainty, our Assistant SENDCO and Nurture Lead Mrs Bevan-Phillips, and the Senior Leadership Team.

If you have concerns about any area of your child’s learning or social skills, please speak with your child’s class teacher in the first instance.


From the DfE’s SEN Code of Practice – January 2015

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 him or her.

For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools or by relevant early years providers.

Aims of SEND Provision at The John Bamford Primary School

  • To reach high levels of achievement for all
  • To be an inclusive school
  • To ensure the identification of all pupils requiring SEND provision as early as possible in their school career
  • To meet individual needs through a wide range of provision
  • To attain high levels of satisfaction and participation from pupils, parent and carers
  • To share a common vision and understanding with all stakeholders
  • To give transparent resourcing to SEND
  • To provide curriculum access for all
  • To work towards inclusion in partnership with other agencies and schools
  • To achieve a level of staff expertise to meet pupil need

Latest School Developments

Whole school priority 2023-2024: Restorative and Relationships Practice

Trauma Informed Attachment Aware Training (September 2023)

A whole school approach to training and development to increase the knowledge and development of all staff and key partners on issues impacting on the education of looked after children, for example, attachment, trauma and transition.

Emotional Coaching and PACE (November 2023)

Training to allow all staff to feel confident in the practice of tuning into children’s feelings, helping them to cope and self-regulate negative emotions. 

Useful Websites

Staffordshire SEND local offer

This provides information in one place for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and professionals.  The Local Offer includes information on local services to help children, young people, parents and carers make choices about the support they receive.https://www.staffordshireconnects.info/kb5/staffordshire/directory/home.page

Special Needs Jungle

Easy to understand resources, articles and information for parents and carers of children with special needs, disabilities and health conditions to better enable them to navigate the special needs system.



British Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.


Dyslexia Action

Dyslexia Action is a national charity and the UK's leading provider of services and support for people with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.


Parent Champions

Understanding Dyslexia – a useful guide for parents and families.


Dyslexia Assist

A list of useful website to support parents and families.



National Autistic Society

A wealth of information on Autism.


Autism West Midlands

The leading charity in the West Midlands for people with autism.


Speech and Language

Talking Point

Talking Point gives parents/carers and practitioners the information they need to help children develop their speech, language and communication skills. If a child has difficulty with speaking, they may need help, or they may struggle in nursery or school. With the right help, they can develop the skills they need.



Dyspraxia Foundation

Offers information and supports individual and families affected by developmental dyspraxia.



ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional well-being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Irlen’s Syndrome, dyscalculia and Tourette’s Syndrome.


Mental Health and Wellbeing

Young Minds

A national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children, advice about depression, eating disorders, and other mental health issues affecting children, see website for details.


Healthy Lifestyles

Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life.



SEND Code of Practice 2015

SEND Policy

SEND Information Report

SEND Acronyms