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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


The Government confirms legislation regarding children and young people with SEND. Wiltshire, as a Pathfinder Local Authority, also reviews its processes and provision in light of Government legislation. Our current SEN policy can be found on our Policy website page.

There was a revised SEN Code of Practice (DfE, April 2014) which came into practice from September 2014, with the main aim of developing better partnerships between children, parents/carers, educational settings, health and social care.

The revision also required schools to publish information on their websites about the implementation of the governing bodies or the proprietor’s policy for pupils with SEN.


SEND Information Reports


Each of our schools produces their own SEND Information Reports.  These are available to read using the links below.

Castle Mead School SEND Information Report

The Mead Community Primary School SEND Information Report

River Mead School SEND Information Report


SEN Code of Practice (DfE 2014)


What does the new Code of Practice mean for you and your child?

An increased pupil and parent voice

Changes to the current SEN categories of support:

  • Statements of Educational Need will be replaced with Education and Health Care (EHC) Plans otherwise known as My Plans in Wiltshire. They will cover an extended period of 0-25 years.
  • School Action Plus and School Action categories will become SEN Support  – whilst continuing to access the appropriate level of support that they are currently receiving.
  • Health will play a larger part in children’s education and work more closely with schools/education provision.
  • Wiltshire LA have introduced a “Local Offer” of available services and our schools provision and approaches are available in our SEN information report.
  • More delegated funding and choice for parents and schools.

See links below for further information


Wiltshire Local Offer
Parent Carer Council
SEND at The Mead
Wiltshire Local Offer
Find more information about the Wiltshire Local Offer by clicking on the logo above
Wiltshire Parent Council
Find more information about Wiltshire Parent Carer Council by clicking on the logo above
SEND at The Mead
Find out more about provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities the Mead Trust schools by clicking on the logo
The Curly Hair Project
The Curly Hair Project
The Curly Hair Project aims to help women and girls with ASD and their neurotypical loved ones communicate and understand each other better. Check out their website for information on local workshops throughout the year.

Thrive Practice

If children have been emotionally knocked off track, either briefly or for long periods, Thrive helps professionals, parents and carers understand the needs being signalled by the children’s behaviour and gives targeted strategies and activities to help them to re-connect.

The Thrive Approach draws on the understandings within these fields to provide a distinct way of working with children that supports their key social and emotional development. In particular, the Approach prepares professionals to work with children and their parents and carers, in targeted ways, who have struggled with difficult life experiences. This helps children to re-engage with life and learning in order to develop confident, happy and creative children with healthy, curious minds.

The Mead Academy Trust is currently implementing Thrive into all of our settings.


About the Mead Academy Trust

The Mead Academy Trust – Individual School SENCos

Mrs Kirsty Jamieson

Head of Inclusion for The Mead Academy Trust

Mrs Kirsty Jamieson, SENCO at Castle Mead

Ms Leala Purdie

SENCO at River Mead

Mrs Ruth Kendrick, SENCO at River Mead

Mrs Polly Marsh

SENCO at Castle Mead

Mrs Jo Birkett-Wendes, SENCO at The Mead

Mrs Jo Birkett-Wendes

SENCO at The Mead

Mrs Jo Birkett-Wendes, SENCO at The Mead

Mrs George Bennett

Deputy SENCO at The Mead

Mrs Jo Birkett-Wendes, SENCO at The Mead
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