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Inclusion and Special Educational Needs & Disablities (SEND)

At Gayhurst we want to make sure that children are happy, secure and successful. 

Sometimes some children or their families need extra help to make sure of this. There is a team of adults in school who organise and provide additional support for children, their parents and carers.


Fran Slot (Inclusion Manager & SENDCo) manages the inclusion team which includes Lorraine Karunaratne (SENDCo), Pat  (Learning Mentor), Jon (School Counsellor), Lauren, Laura & Cerrise (Teaching and Learning Associates) and Darell & Luiza (Academic Mentors). They work closely with your child’s teachers to track your child’s progress in school and organise extra support if your child is falling behind or has additional needs.

This support may be provided by adults in school, teachers, teaching and learning associates and teaching assistants, or by specialists from outside of school such as Counsellors and Speech and Language Therapists or Educational Psychotherapists. If you think your child may need additional support or you are worried about your child’s progress please talk to the class teacher in the first instance, or to Lisa.

Pat  our Learning Mentor, works with children in and out of class who are having difficulties with behaviour, learning or need emotional support. She also runs groups for children to help them develop social interaction skills and to cope with challenges at school. New children who arrive mid-term take part in a 'Circle of Friends' series of weekly sessions. They also meet with parent/carers, pupils and secondary school staff to support a smooth transition to secondary school.

Jon, the LEAP School Counsellor supports identified children in 1:1 sessions to manage stress, anxiety and to foster positive relationships with others. He provides drop-in Talk Time sessions for children who self-refer and also can signpost parents & carers around how to access further support if needed.

The Academic Mentors and Teaching & Learning Associates run morning and after school clubs, providing support with reading, maths and general homework.

Children’s attendance and punctuality is monitored each half term. Dana Hansle (our Office Manager) meets regularly with the Deputy Head Teacher and the Attendance Officer at the Hackney Learning Trust to discuss any concerns.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

A PDF document of Gayhurst's Special Educational Needs and Disability School Offer can be found on the Statutory Information  page  in the About Us section of this website. The  LEAP Federations SEND policy can be found on the LEAP policies page.

You can find information about how we adapt the curriculum and learning environment for children with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities at the bottom of the Teaching & Learning page of this website.