At Gusford Primary School we take a person-centred approach, with each learner at the centre of the individual learning journey ensuring that each learner’s needs are accurately identified. We follow the graduated response to meet the learning needs of our children and young people.  We recognise and celebrate each of our learner’s skills and strengths in learning and support them to achieve their long-term goals in ‘Preparing for adulthood’.

We follow the Graduated Response of Assess, Plan, Do, Review , in collaboration with our families and children. This 3-way partnership underpins all of our provision supporting positive outcomes for the children at Gusford Primary School.

In the event that we identify the need that external professional services are required to enable your child to meet their potential, we do not hesitate to liaise initially with parents and then engage with appropriate external services.

If we identify that the learner meets the needs for an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), we will work with parents and children to request an Educational and Health Care Needs Assessment from the local authority. An EHCP is a legal document developed with the team around the learner, outlining the planned provisions that must be delivered to meet the collaboratively agreed outcomes for the individual child.  It is statutory that the EHCP is reviewed annually with the team around the learner and to enable this process to succeed, interim progress should be reviewed termly.

As an inclusive school where we value the individual learner, we want all children to engage in all aspects of the school life. Our curriculum is differentiated, scaffolded and chunked so that all learners have an equal opportunity to engage. Within our graduated response to our learner’s needs, we ensure that high quality teaching and interventions provide opportunities for children to break down their learning barriers and catch-up with age appropriate expectations.

The SEND team at Gusford is led by Mrs Pippa Coleman (SENDCO). You can contact her via the school office (01473 682148) or via email on

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