Special Educational Needs

Ernesettle Community School believe all children deserve the very best possible start to their education and we aim to enrich the lives of all our pupils.

All children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are welcome at Ernesettle Community School. Full support will be provided to each child who has SEND requirements with well thought out strategies to overcome any barriers to learning. Ernesettle Community School is a fully inclusive school providing an outstanding and caring education so all pupils can achieve their potential. Our ethos to include and support individual needs was recognised nationally by receiving an Education Business Award for Inclusive Education and nominations for NASEN awards. OFTSED (2019) specifically recognised, “pupils with SEND achieve exceptionally well.”

Parents are fully involved and the progress of children with SEND is monitored towards meeting specifically identified goals and targets.

The school uses specialist strategies to support children. This includes a strong commitment towards the training and developing of all Teachers and Teaching and Learning Assistants in their understanding of SEN to ensure all are teachers of SEND. We also use universal, targeted and specialist strategies to support children, following a graduated approach.

Excellent care, guidance and support contributes significantly to pupils’ personal development to make them all feel safe and secure and make the best possible academic and personal progress.

If you have any questions about your child or SEND please speak to your class teacher or email Miss. S Riseborough (Trust Inclusion Lead) at ecs@ecs.plymouth.sch.uk

Useful Links

Ernesettle Community School Information Report

Information detailing how the school supports children with SEND

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Plymouth Information Advice and support for SEND (PIAS)

Here you will find support, information and advice around SEND.

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Livewell Southwest

Here you will find information on a range of subjects including mental health, speech and language, toileting, eating and sleeping.

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Friends and Families of Special Children

Here you will find support and services for families with SEND.

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Plymouth Online Directory (POD)

Here you are able to search and discover information for support available to families.

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Dyslexia Best Practice Guidance

Here you will find guidance on how to support children with literacy difficulties.

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Plymouth Parent Carer Voice

The Plymouth Parent Carer Voice (PPCV) brings together parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Plymouth.

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For further Safeguarding details please visit/contact:

  • Plymouth Safeguarding Child Board (Local Safeguarding Children Board website)
  • NSPCC child protection helpline: 0808 800 5000
  • Plymouth Children’s social care: 01752 308600
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Stop It Now! (for child sexual abuse): 0808 1000 900
  • In an emergency, please call: 999

Please visit the Policies page for the details of our Safeguarding procedures and related policies.