SEND offer

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) offer, and support for your child at Skelton Primary School.

Skelton Primary School aims to provide a caring and supportive environment where every child matters. All pupils are valued equally and are given the opportunity to achieve the very best they can. The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) ensures children receive the provision they need. Our SENCO is Sarah Cope.

If you wish to get in touch, Sarah is available at Skelton on Mondays and Tuesdays and you can contact her via the email address s.cope@hlt.academy

Sometimes children need additional support for some or all of their time at school. ‘Special educational needs’ (SEN) describes any learning difficulty which means a child needs extra ‘educational provision’. Children might have a learning difficulty if they:

  • have significantly greater difficulty learning than the majority of children their age
  • have a disability which hinders them using general school facilities in their area
  • require special provisions to help them with learning or to help them attend school

The following information details the types of support available for your child at Skelton Primary School. It will help you to understand who can help if your child needs additional support, and how this support can be accessed. Please contact Sarah Cope at Skelton Primary School for any further information you require.

For more information on Special Educational Needs and Disability in the City of York please visit :

City of York Special Educational Needs

Local Offer Link

YorOK is the name of York’s Children’s Trust arrangements. The aim of a Children’s Trust is to ensure that all children have the support they need to ensure they are healthy, stay safe, enjoy life and achieve well at school and beyond, make a positive contribution to society and achieve economic well being. Their website has a range of advice for parents for children with Special Educational Needs and Disability.

What if my child can’t attend school during the Covid Pandemic?

We are so happy to have everyone back at school with us and we hope this can continue throughout the year. In exceptional circumstances where your child cannot attend school due to isolating, quarantining or unforeseen changes in local restrictions we will continue to work closely with you to support your child’s education and welfare from home. This can be done in many ways, such as:

  • signposting to free educational resources e.g. BBC Bitesize, Oak Academy, Oxford Owl etc.
  • regular updates on school websites and Twitter accounts.
  • personalised resources to meet learning needs shared electronically via email, Google Classroom or Tapestry, or in paper copy where required.
  • regular contact with the class teacher via telephone, email, Dojo or Google.

If your child has Special Educational Needs you can also expect:

  • weekly telephone contact with one of the Trust SENDCos. SENDCos may also link in some external agencies with families to provide additional advice and resources if this is agreed.
  • adaptations to the ways in which children can present their work (access to IT may be facilitated in the home);
  • more detailed instructions (access to remote learning platforms will be rehearsed in school);
  • providing parents with suggestions to make tasks more practical in nature;
  • alternative work which is targeted at their level of need where they may not ordinarily access curriculum subjects at age expected levels.
  • any EHC plans due for annual review will still be completed within the statutory timeframe, remotely where required.