Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Ravensmead Primary School aims to promote a love of learning within a safe and happy environment which meets the needs of all children in our care, regardless of age, race, gender and special educational needs. At the forefront are the objectives outlined in “Every Child Matters”, building an environment where children want “To be the best that we can be”. We provide a creative and challenging curriculum in order to encourage the children’s confidence and self esteem.

Our definition of Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) is in line with the Staffordshire Criteria for SEND provision as identified in the Staffordshire Inclusion Strategy document. The children meeting these criteria are those to whom this policy document refers. Children not meeting these criteria but presenting learning or behaviour difficulties significantly higher than their peers but outside of the Staffordshire criteria will be provided with a differentiated curriculum and intervention programmes suitable to their needs. Such children will not be placed on the SEND provision map and shall not be referred to as having SEND.

The SEND Co-ordinator in school is Mrs M. Goodall.

You can download the following policies in PDF format;

The following documents may also be of use;



More information can also be found on the Staffordshire Connects Website


Speech and Language therapy

Liz Parkes has been working with us since March one day a week. We have super results through this intervention, improving speech and language in our school. Not only has Liz worked with our children but training staff too.


LizParkes-ProfilePhotoLiz Parkes – Speech therapist

I qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1997 and have always specialised in working with children, firstly for the NHS in Manchester and then moving to New Zealand to work in Education within an Early Intervention Team. I returned to the UK and the NHS in 2007, working locally in Newcastle and the Staffordshire Moorlands. I set up “Talk Matters” in 2014, to offer an alternative way for schools and parents to access speech and language therapy services. I’ve been working one day a week with the dedicated staff and hardworking pupils at Ravensmead since March 2015, supporting those children who need some extra help with communication skills. I look forward to continuing throughout this academic year, with some exciting new workshops and drop-ins planned to work more closely with parents and families. For more information about Talk Matters and the services I offer, please visit www.tmslt.co.uk.
Speech & Language presentation

Ravensmead Parent Workshop (PDF)

Speech & Language Resources

Word games to play at home

Top tips from The Communication Trust

Roll a story


General advice

Developing vocabulary








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