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

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@bri.rbksch.org

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

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.


Our school policies and information

SEND Policy

SEND Information Report

Accessibility Plan


We are thrilled to have been awarded the Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence for a second time in June 2020. This celebrates our high level of care and inclusion for every child, and support for individual needs. 

Inclusion Quality Mark Centre of Excellence report July 2020


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 - info for parents