The Federation of Fairfield and Colneis

SEND Information

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator or SENDCo is Miss Gooding.

Definition of Special Educational Needs  (SEN)

SEND Code of Practice (2015) defines Special Educational Needs in the following way:

‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to that normally available to pupils of the same age.’

Definition of Disability

Many pupils who have SEN may also have a disability under the Equality Act (2010). The Equality Act defines a disability in the following way:

‘A physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.’

Our Aim

At Fairfield and Colneis, the following principles are incorporated in our SEND Policy:

  • To provide every opportunity for all of the pupils with Special Educational Needs within our Federation to achieve their potential.
  • To raise the aspirations and expectations for all pupils with Special Educational Needs within the Federation.
  • To take a personalised approach to learning, recognising that every individual has different needs and requires differing support to reach their full potential.
  • To ensure that all pupils with Special Educational Needs are fully integrated in to the life of the school and are given the opportunities to take part in all activities within school and the wider community.

At Fairfield and Colneis, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive setting and strive to work collaboratively to ensure every learner is able to achieve their full potential. We value the abilities and achievements of all our children and are committed to providing the best possible environment for all learners. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and recognise that reasonable adjustments to practice and specific support may be necessary to meet individual needs. As a school, we work hard to ensure that special educational needs are identified, assessed and appropriately met, enabling all children to have full access to the school curriculum. We believe education is a partnership between the pupil, parent/carer and teacher so the views, thoughts and wishes of pupils and families will be actively sought and the planning and implementation of a support plan will be achieved collaboratively.

All teachers across the Federation of Fairfield Infant School and Colneis Junior School are teachers of SEND pupils and as such provide high quality teaching which takes account of the particular individual needs of pupils with SEND within the classroom.

For further information about the provision for pupils with SEND across our Federation, please refer to the following documents:

SENDIASS Jargon Buster

If you have any concerns about your child’s learning, please speak to your child’s class teacher or make an appointment with the SENDCo via the school office.

Useful Links

Below are a range of useful services in our local area. Please click on the images to access the websites.

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.

Suffolk Local Offer

Suffolk’s Local Offer provides information about the services available for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Their website holds information about education, health and care services, as well as leisure activities and support groups – all in one place.

SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Service)

Impartial and unbiased service providing parents, children and young people clear, accurate and relevant information about the local authority’s policies and procedures and about the policy and practice in local schools and other settings. They have a great range of downloadable leaflets and factsheets.

Suffolk Parent Carer Network

Suffolk Parent Carer Network is a voluntary organisation that aim to facilitate two-way communication between parent/carers and local services. They provide feedback on services, offer constructive challenge to current services and have input in to decision making and planning for future service provision. They are dedicated to ensuring the parent/carer voice is heard.

Activities Unlimited

Activities Unlimited provides short breaks and activities for all Suffolk children and young people who are disabled or who have additional needs aged 0 – 25. You and your child can become a member by enrolling with Activities Unlimited via their website.

Children & Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing Hub

This website provides information, advice, and guidance if you are concerned about the emotional wellbeing and mental health of a child or young person aged 0-25 years.

NHS Wellbeing Suffolk

Wellbeing Suffolk offer help and support to improve wellbeing and manage stress, low mood and anxiety. We aim to reduce the onset of mental ill health, prevent deterioration and promote recovery by offering a range of flexible services tailored to meet your specific needs.

Our services, provided in community settings throughout the region, include a wide range of workshops and courses, talking therapies, including counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy, and access to social networks.

Coastal Parent Hub

Parent Hub is an informal positive parenting group run by parents, for parents, in your local area. They meet informally on the first Friday of the month for coffee, a chat and signposting, and a chance to hear from other local parents and speakers. parenting professionals and others will be available to talk informally about any ideas, questions or concerns you may have about parenting. They also have a range of helpful information.


The Family Services Team

This team lead on the support of children, young people and their families so that with the necessary skills, young people progress into adulthood to further achieve their hopes, dreams and ambitions. Fundamental to this is our joint partner commitment to the delivery of services through a key working approach for all.

Family Services offer to:

  • support individual children and young people and their families through their education pathway and/or SEND Journey
  • ensure that assessments, including education, health and care needs assessments, provide quality advice and are delivered within statutory timescales
  • monitor the progress of children and young people with SEND in achieving outcomes to prepare them for adulthood and offer support and guidance at transition points
  • support children and young people who have been permanently excluded or who are at risk of exclusion.
  • provide challenge to education providers to ensure provision meets the needs of individual children and young people.

Suffolk County Council SEND News Updates

This page includes the latest SEND news from Suffolk County Council and our partners.

Please note: These groups/agencies are just a small selection of the support provided for children, young people and parents/carers of children with additional needs in our local area. Please get in touch with the SENDCo, if you would like any further information about these or alternative services.