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SEND and Equality

Our approach


As a Multi Academy Trusts of Church of England Primary Schools, our approach is underpinned by the understanding that:


‘Everyone is a child of God and is immeasurably loved by Him.’


And that


‘All are created in the image of God and are uniquely talented by Him.’


The First Federation schools aim to be fully inclusive school communities and to involve all members of the community in decision-making and policy development.  We regard staff, parents and pupils as undertaking a joint enterprise to make learning exciting and positive for all of us.  We are all members of a team working co-operatively to this end.  The expertise of parents and carers is highly valued.

We do not discriminate in any way against any pupil seeking admission.  Once pupils are at the school, our aim is to provide the best possible learning experiences for all. This includes giving necessary support to individuals or groups of pupils who require something extra to meet their needs.  We want all pupils to have full access not only to the taught curriculum but also to out of school enrichment activities and all are encouraged to participate in the wide range of clubs and sports.  Pupils will be involved in reviewing their learning experiences, evaluating their progress and actively planning their learning.


We support the LA Policy on Inclusion and our curriculum policies are fully inclusive.

Parents of pupils with SEN wishing to complain about the SEN provision should follow the Federation Complaints procedure, which can be accessed by clicking here.



Our SENcos


Miss H Slater, is the SENco for Aveton Gifford, Blackpool, Chudleigh Knighton, Lady Seaward's, Newton Ferrers and Salcome CE Primary Schools.  She can be contacted through these schools' office or by completing our contact form by clicking here.

Mrs L Boud is the SENco for Brixington Primary Academy and can be contacted through the school's office. 

Mrs Lucy Thompson is the SENco for St Leonard's CE Primary School and can be contacted through the school's office.

Mrs Susan Desborough is the SENco for Westcliff Primary Academy and can be contacted through the school's office. 

Mrs Hannah Evans is the SENCO for Sidmouth CE Primary School, Hawkchurch CE Primary School and Musbury Primary School and can be contacted through Sidmouth school's office. 



Our policies & reports


You will find below the First Federation Policy for Children with Special Educational Needs, our SEN Information Report, and our Equality Policy and Objectives, as well as the Accessibility Plans for the First Federation schools.

Arrangements are in place for children with special medical needs, which can be viewed here.


The local offer

The Devon Local Offer, information on support and services that are available for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities in Devon across education, health and social care services, can be found on Devon County Council's website by clicking on the link hereafter: Devon Local Offer



Devon transitional arrangements of Statements to Educational Health Care Plans      


Current Year Group 2014-15

Proposed year of transfer

Year Group at point of transfer























Parent support

Sources of independent information, advice and support will be available via the Devon Information Advice & Support (DIAS), formerly The Devon Parent Partnership Service, on their website at:


Mencap and the Department for Education have produced easy read guides - one for children and young people, and one for parents - to explain the changes to special educational needs and disabilities support: one  for children and young people. These can be found at: