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St Joseph's Catholic Primary Academy

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We are proud to work with all the Catholic schools across our two local authority areas, particularly as the Trust grows and benefits from the expertise and knowledge that other schools joining in the future will bring.

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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

at St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Halifax

Welcome to our SEND information page. Hopefully you will find everything that you need. Should you require any additional information or have any questions please see our Inclusion Leader, Miss Frazer. 


SEN Home Learning: SPRING 2 2022 (for pupils isolating due to Covid)

If you are self-isolating at home please use the resources below to support home learning. Miss Frazer will be adding items for those who may want some additional support for their children with Special Educational needs, for example Speech and Language or Motor Skills activities. We want to ensure that the children are supported as best as possible during this tricky time.

Speech Language and Communication

See the Speech and Language resources below.

Try the free app Bitsboard.

Visit http://www.do2learn.com

Have a look at the resources on: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/free-materials/

Colourful Semantics have a wealth of resources for free to support early language and sentence construction: https://integratedtreatmentservices.co.uk/our-approaches/speech-therapy-approaches/colourful-semantics-2/

The Communication Trust has many links to different resources for parents as well as schools (some free) as well as offering some free training which is very interesting: https://www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/


 Fine and Gross Motor Skills

 Click here for activities to develop fine motor skills and handwriting.

Dyslexia and Processing

Dyslexia Gold is offering free support during school closures and we are waiting for login details. 

SOS spelling is a dyslexia friendly approach to learning spelling. A step by step guide can be found here: http://bettertuition.co.uk/simultaneous-oral-spelling/

Complete some of the Listen and Do activities which support memory

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Please see the files below for resources to support emotional and mental health.

You can find some ideas for wellbeing apps here: https://www.theschoolrun.com/best-wellbeing-apps-for-kids

Information about Mental Health in children:  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/c/children-and-young-people

Coronavirus Social Stories

Life Skills

Age appropriate life skills guide

This site gives ideas for tasks in age appropriate pages, not all children will be able to do all the suggestions for their age, and you should decide as a parent or carer what is appropriate for your child.

Working with LEGO


What are SEND?

Children have additional educational needs if they have a learning difficulty that calls for additional educational provision to be made for them‘Children have a learning difficulty if they:

  • Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age.

  • Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local authority.

  • Are under compulsory school age and fall within the definitions above or would so do if special educational provision was not made for them.’ (Code of Practice September 2014)

There are now four broad areas of SEND, some children may have needs in one or more of these areas, these are:

  • Communication and Interaction

  • Cognition and Learning

  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties

  • Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties

Calderdale Local Offer

At St Joseph's we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve their potential and we are committed to ensuring all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school.

The SEND Local Offer provides information for Calderdale's children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their parents or carers in a single place. It shows families what they can expect from a range of local agencies, including education, health and social care. Knowing what is out there gives families more choice and therefore more control over what support is right for their children. The Calderdale SEND Local Offer can be found at:

The School SEN Information Report 2021-2022

This utilises the LA Local Offer to meet the needs of SEN pupils as determined by school policy, and the provision that the school is able to meet. You can read St Joseph's SEN Information Report 2022 below:

Calderdale SEND Information Report 2021-2022

Full downloadable version below

 Calderdale SEND Strategy 2019-2022 DOCUMENT link

A DfE guide for Parents and Carers 


Calderdale SENDIASS


The School Nursing Team

The school nursing team offers confidential service to children and young people in schools. The school nursing team consists of specialist practitioners who have experience in working along side parent/cares and other professionals to achieve the best outcome for your child and young person.

Our named staff nurse is Lucy Charlesworth.

The school nursing team can be contacted at:

Brighouse Health Center

Lawson Road




Tel: 01484 72894


The team offer support with:

  • Health advice and support

  • Promotion of health and well-being

  • Referral to and liaison with other health and social care agencies when required

  • Training sessions in schools for staff to manage children's medical conditions

  • Individual support for children and their parent/carers with additional neeeds.

  • Growth and development monitoring

  • Individual health assessments where needed.


We can also give support on :

  • Healthy eating

  • Bed wetting

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Sex education

  • Health conditions such as asthma and allergies

  • Smoking, alcohol and drug misuse.