Special Educational Needs & Disability

At Burlington Infant and Nursery School we strive to remove barriers to learning, in order that all children are able to access the learning environment with success. Through Quality First Teaching we aim to make learning accessible for all. At Burlington a range of strategies are used to maximise engagement in learning and to ensure that children make progress. Our drive is for all children to embrace and enjoy their time at school and reach at least age expected levels. However, for some children, additional support is required to help them to achieve this.

When children are identified as requiring additional support, we are quick to act. If children have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made this is described as Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND). Some children arrive at the school with a recognised SEND. In other cases we identify a child to have SEND if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.

Children with SEND will have needs and requirements that fall into at least one of the following four areas:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and/or physical

SEND Coordinator in School

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is Michelle Docwra. She can be contacted through the school office on telephone number (020) 8942 1586 or by email: admin@burlingtoni.org

SEND Local Offer

Further support and information for young people and their families regarding SEND can be found through Achieving for Children (Kingston and Richmond) and their Local Offer:

SEND Local Offer Poster

SEND Local Offer web page

This website contains information about services and support for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities, and their families, in Kingston and Richmond.  The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families.  It is also an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.  Information is published as part of the SEND reforms under the Children and Families Act 2014.

If you do not live in Kingston or Richmond, your home local authority will have a Local Offer on their council website.

SEND Information, Advice and Support (SENDIASS)

The Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) in Kingston and Richmond offers advice and support across a wide range of subjects. This may include help with personal budgets and how to use the Local Offer plus:

  • support with understanding reports and letters, attending meetings and preparing for assessments and reviews
  • information and signposting to support services in your area 
  • support with Transition and Preparing for Adulthood
  • support with and signposting to mediation  
  • advice and support on benefits

These services offer advice to children and young people as well as parents and carers.

Phone: 020 3793 9596

Email: RichmondKingston@kids.org.uk 

Website: https://www.kids.org.uk/richmond-and-kingston-sendiass

SEND Register

All local authorities must have a record or register of children with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities (SEND) in their area. If you live in either Kingston or Richmond, we encourage anyone whose family includes a child or young person whose has a special educational need or disability to register.

Everyone on the register will benefit from:

  • Information about support, services, activities and events
  • Information aimed at young people with disabilities
  • Opportunities to have your say about the services that are important to you
  • The knowledge that your anonymous statistical data is helping us to plan and improve services

Find out more and register on the SEND Local Offer website

Kingston Parent Carer Forum

 Kingston PCF is made up of local parents and carers who work to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities and their needs are heard and understood by local services and decision makers. Part of a national network we try to ensure by feeding in the experiences and needs of Kingston parents and carers who have children with additional needs and disabilities, better, more relevant and responsive services will follow. As local SEND parents ourselves we bring a wealth of different experiences of helping our own children and young people through life.

Phone: 07930 212743
Email: kingstonpcf@gmail.com
Website: https://kingstonpcf.co.uk/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RBKSENDPCF/

Richmond Parent Carer Forum

Richmond Parent Carer Forum (PCF) is an independent group run by parents for parents or carers of children/young people (aged 0 – 25 years) who have any form of special educational need or disability. Your child does not need an official diagnosis for you to become a member and we support families of children with any type of additional need including learning difficulties like dyslexia. 

We receive funding from the Department for Education and our purpose is to ensure that the voices of parents, children and young people are heard in the planning and implementation of SEND services in Richmond. We can also help you to access services and provide valuable peer support, connecting you with other parents who understand the special joys and challenges of raising a family with additional needs.

Email: Information@richmondpcf.org.uk
Website: www.richmondpcf.org.uk
Facebook: www.facebook.com/richmondpcf/


Our school policies and information

SEND Policy

SEND Information Report

Accessibility Plan

Inclusion Quality Mark

We are thrilled to have been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence for a third time in June 2021. This celebrates our high level of care and inclusion for every child, and support for individual needs. 

Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence report June 2021

Attachment Aware Schools Award

Our school was awarded the Attachment Aware Schools Award in July 2021. This means that all staff have had training in order to support children with issues around attachment and trauma. We are very proud of this award. 


Speech and Language difficulties

If you are worried about your child’s speech or language development, we can help. Please come and speak to Mrs Docwra, our school’s Inclusion Leader who supports teachers to ensure appropriate support is in place for all children with special educational needs. Please read the information sheet below for further information.

Speech and Language Therapy - information for parents