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At Nansloe Academy, we recognise that every child is different and has their own individual needs.  We also recognise that these needs may change over time and that children may require additional support to help them reach their full potential.  This support may be needed in the short term, or may need sustaining over a longer period.


Examples of support we offer may include:

  • Reading, writing or maths interventions

  • Social, emotional or behaviour support (Thrive)

  • Vision, speech and language, hearing or mobility support


SEN Staff

Picture 1 Mrs Webb - SENCo
Picture 2 Mrs Swiggs Licensed Thrive Practitioner
Picture 3 Miss Thompson (HLTA & Dyslexia Champion)
Picture 4 Mrs Buckmaster (Speech and Language TA)
Picture 5 Mrs Madge (Learning & Autism Champion)

Mrs Webb, is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).  She has completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination, the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers and also has a masters degree in professional studies in education with a focus on strategies to accelerate learning.  Mrs Webb supports staff in identifying children who may need additional support through consultation with parents and other professionals, observation and assessment.  She then plans support for them and monitors their progress closely. If you have any questions or concerns about your child, you are welcome to make an appointment to discuss this with Mrs Webb at any time.  Please contact the school office on 01326 572966.


Mrs Swiggs is a licensed Thrive practitioner, having completed her training in Spring 2016.  She plans and ensures the delivery of a Thrive based approach to emotional and social support of children across all classes in the school, including the ongoing assessment of the emotional and social needs of all children. Where children are identified as having particular difficulties in this area, Mrs Swiggs coordinates support for them.  Mrs Swiggs has also completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.


You can find out more about Thrive by visiting our dedicated Thrive page: or by visiting the official Thrive website:


Mrs Madge is our Autism Champion and Learning Mentor.  She offers support to children with ASD and their parents. She has attended lots of ASD training and has lots of years of experience in this area.  Her Learning Mentor role is very varied, she delivers a range of learning interventions as well as social and emotional support to individuals on a 1:1 basis. 


Miss Thompson is a HLTA and our dyslexia champion. She has had lots of training in specific interventions, particularly linked to Maths and Phonics. 


Mrs Buckmaster is our Speech and Language Teaching Assistant and she provides 1:1 and group intervention depending on children’s needs and their targets.  She works closely with our Speech and Language Therapist and has many years of experience.



Plan Do Review


We follow the 'Plan Do Review' cycle at Nansloe, as outlined in the SEN Code of Practice.  All children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have individual targets, recorded on a class provision map.  Parents and pupils (where appropriate) are invited to termly meetings to review their progress against these targets and will be involved with setting new targets for the term ahead.  Every pupil with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities also has a one page profile, a chance for them to share their feelings and to provide a summary for all staff working with them of their individual needs.


Parents are welcome to make an appointment via the school office to meet with the class teacher or SENCO at any time, to discuss progress or any questions or concerns that may arise.  Please contact us on 01326 572966.


Policies and SEN Information Report

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy, our SEN Information Report and our Equality Policy can be found on our 'Policies' page, please click on the link below to view these.

Further information about services available to children with SEN and their families can be found on the Cornwall Family Information Service website, please see the link below.  There is also a direct link to Cornwall's Local Offer, where you can find out exactly what services are available in Cornwall.