Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

"Rainow is an extremely welcoming, caring and harmonious school. Adults know pupils very well and respond positively to their needs. Pupils feel well supported by the school and know exactly to whom they can turn if they have a problem. The individual needs of those with special educational needs and/or disabilities are met particularly well through liaison between teachers and support staff. The very successful links the school has forged with outside agencies further reinforce this outstanding quality of care.”  From the Ofsted Report October 2011.

The effectiveness of care, guidance and support was judged as Outstanding.

We try to meet the individual needs of all children and take special care with children who are having difficulties in learning.  We fully comply with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.  Individual assessments are carried out and special educational programmes are planned when required.  The Headteacher and Special Needs Co-ordinators work closely with parents, staff and LA advisers. There is a governor with special responsibility to monitor arrangements.

The needs of very able children can be met by helping them to move more rapidly through our schemes of work and teaching them to use investigation and research skills for extended periods to enable them to pursue their interests.  In exceptional circumstances we may accelerate pupils into different academic year groups in some subjects where appropriate.


Local Offer

From September 2014 we are obliged to publish a local offer detailing the nature of SEND provision at our school. Please click the link at the bottom of the page to read our Special Educational Needs and Disability Local Offer.


School Accessibility Plan

Click here for our School Accessibility Plan.


Key Staff

Alison Rudall (SENDCo)

Alison Rudall has gained the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators and is a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher.  Nicola Daley is a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher.

If you would like further information about special educational needs at Rainow please Alison at: admin@rainowpri.cheshire.sch.uk


Useful links for Parents

There are a number of sources of further information, help and advice available for parents of children with Special Educational needs.

Please ask for help in school by speaking to Alison Rudall or by following the links below:

Cheshire East Information Advice and Support offer a range of confidential services to parents of pupils with Special Educational Needs in Cheshire East:



Cheshire East Parents and Carers Voice is a group of parents, carers and professionals who aim to enable parents' views and experiences to improve services and outcomes for our children and young people.



Space4Autism are an Autism support group who offer support and advice as well as training and activity sessions for children and their families.



Contact a Family are a national organisation providing comprehensive support and advice about a wealth of isses surrounding special eduactional needs.



SEND Reform

The Children and Families Bill has now become an act of parliament and can be seen here:


 We are now in the second year of the new framework.

 A summary of the main provision set out in the bill can be found here:



Ipsea offer free legal advice to parents regarding local authority commitment to SEN - they have some useful articles relating to the proposed changes




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