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Special Educational Needs

At Bolsover Infant and Nursery School our principal aim is to provide the best opportunities for your child. We strive to provide a secure, happy environment where purposeful learning can take place and every child is given the encouragement to reach their full potential. Teaching and support staff work closely together to provide a carefully planned and structured curriculum, relevant for each child. We also attach great importance to development of children’s social skills, and seek to enable them to build relationships with other children and adults, and be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others. Special educational provision means provision that is additional to or different from the educational provision made generally for children of their age. We believe that every teacher is a teacher of every child or young person including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


Our SEN Co-ordinator is : Charlotte Chapman

Contact: Charlotte.Chapman@bolsover-inf.derbyshire.sch.uk


All Derbyshire County Council Local Authority (LA) maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and /or disabilities and are supported by the LA to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.


All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible.

The broad areas of SEND need are:

  • Communication and Interaction.
  • Cognition and Learning.
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
  • Sensory and/or Physical.


The Graduated Response


All pupils will be provided with high quality teaching that is differentiated to meet the diverse needs of all learners.


There are 3 stages known as ‘waves’ that outline the provision that we provide for our pupils.

Wave 1

Wave 2

Wave 3

Wave 1 is the effective inclusion of all pupils in high-quality everyday personalised teaching. Such teaching will, for example, be based on clear objectives that are shared with the children and returned to at the end of the lesson; carefully explained new vocabulary; use of lively, interactive teaching styles that make maximum use of visual and kinaesthetic as well as auditory/verbal learning. Approaches like these are the best way to reduce, from the start, the number of children who need extra help with their learning or behaviour.



Wave 2 is a specific, additional and time-limited intervention provided for some children who need help to accelerate their progress to enable them to work at or above age-related expectations. Wave 2 interventions are often targeted at a group of children with similar needs.


Wave 3 is targeted provision for a minority of children where it is necessary to provide highly tailored intervention to accelerate progress or enable children to achieve their potential. This may include one to one or specialist interventions.


Each wave is broken down into 4 further categories of provision:


Cognition and Learning

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Communication and Interaction

Sensory and Physical

Cognition is the umbrella term for a child’s learning skills. It is their ability to process information, reason, remember and relate.




Children and young people who have difficulties with their emotional and social development may have immature social skills and find it difficult to make and sustain healthy relationships.  

These difficulties may be displayed through the child or young person becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as through challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour.


Communication and Interaction is the ability to communicate with others. This includes the use of speech sounds, language, gestures, facial expressions and body language.

There is a wide range of sensory and physical difficulties that affect children and young people across the ability range.


Children and young people with a visual impairment (VI) or a hearing impairment (HI) may require specialist support and equipment to access their learning.


Some children and young people with a physical disability (PD) require additional on-going support and equipment to access all the opportunities available to their peers.



Derbyshire County council have a local offer, which can be viewed here:

Home - Derbyshire Local Offer

The LA Local Offer

The Children and Families Bill was enacted in September 2014. From this date Local Authorities (LA) and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) aged 0-25. The LA refers to this as the ‘Local Offer’.


The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.


What is the Special Education Needs Information Report?

The Special Education Needs Information Report

Schools utilise the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEND pupils as determined by school policy and the provision that the school is able to provide. Schools refer to this as ‘The Special Education Needs Information Report.

 School SEN Policy


send policy 2023.pdf



Information Report

Provision Map


Please click link below to access Derbyshire County Council services and information:


Local Offer

Information for young people & children with SEND, families and professionals - Please click below: