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Mrs Louise Parfitt - SENCoSpecial Educational Needs & Disabilities


The ethos of our school is one which values the individuality of every student. To this end, the staff and trustees are committed to a Special Educational Needs and Disability policy which seeks to meet the individual needs of each student, particularly by developing and reinforcing self-esteem and by encouraging a positive attitude to learning and to life. Every child is helped to achieve a feeling of success in some aspect of school life and every effort is made to instil a sense of pride in self and work.

We understand that educational needs range across the spectrum and more able children as well as those requiring support to access the curriculum, also have special educational needs.


We recognise that many of the learning difficulties may be temporary and can be overcome, so children with special educational needs are given the opportunity to benefit as fully as possible from a challenging education in a positive, inclusive environment.


The SENDCo for St. Michael's CofE First School is Mrs Parfitt. Please contact her via the school office on 01643 702759 if you would like to discuss your child’s special needs or if you require further information.  

For information for children, young people and families including Somerset's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer please click on the Somerset Choices link below.  To view the Local Offer choose "Somerset Choices for ages 0-25" and "Our Local Offer"

Strategies include:

  • Providing extra scaffolding.
  • Providing opportunities to revisit and embed skills and knowledge.
  • Personalising or adapting the curriculum.
  • A clear focus on mastering early maths and early reading to develop increasing fluency and independence.
  • Ensuring all children to access the full curriculum, ensuring each child has a positive experience of school which meets their needs academically, socially and emotionally.
  • Continuous provision approach through reception and into Key Stage 1 to develop and embed subject-specific oracy skills and a positive attitude to learning.


For more information on our support for SEND please also visit our "Supporting Your Child" page.

The SEND Team                  


  • Mrs L Parfitt - SENCo / Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator
  • Mrs T Chisling - "Numbots" Champion / 1-2-1 LSA 
  • Miss A Feld -  / Yr.2 LSA  
  • Mrs C Howe - Ili (Individualised Literacy Intervention) Champion / Yr.1 LSA 
  • Mrs J Littlefield - Phonics Champion / Yr.3 LSA 
  • Mrs J O'Sullivan -  "Talk Boost" Champion / 1-2-1 LSA  
  • Mrs A Paige - ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) / Pastoral Champion / Yr.4 LSA 
  • Miss A Townsend - EAL (English as an Additional Language) Champion / EYFS LSA 

The SEND Team


Link to Somerset Choices: 


SEND Policy and Information Report

Policy for Supporting Children in School with Medical Conditions September 2020

St Michael's - Disability Equality Scheme & Accessibility Plan - 2023-26

Useful Information