Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Miss Vale is the SENDCo for Key Stage One and Two (Years 1-4).

Mrs Burgoyne is the SENDCo for Early Years (Nursery and Reception).



Our vision at Moon's Moat First School is to provide a nurturing environment where all pupils thrive in their learning and personal development. We want all of our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community. We aim to provide a learning environment that enables all pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, to make the greatest possible progress and achieve their potential in a caring, supportive and inclusive environment. We strive to identify and meet a wide variety of individual needs to help children to make good progress, both socially and academically, from their individual starting points. 

We understand and respect the fact that children:

  • have different educational, social, emotional and behavioural needs and aspirations;
  • require different strategies for learning;
  • need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences.



In making provision for SEND pupils, our aims are:

  • To create a learning environment that is inspirational and challenging, yet supportive and safe, in order to meet the special educational needs of each child
  • To meet the needs of every child through High Quality First Teaching and an appropriately differentiated, exciting curriculum which promotes personalised learning opportunities
  • To promote positive partnerships between pupils, parents and external agencies
  • To support the early identification of special educational needs and/or disabilities through careful, thorough and purposeful monitoring approaches 
  • To undertake a rigorous system of monitoring children's attainment and progress which supports both academic and personal achievement through the identification and removal of barriers to learning 
  • To use a wide range of strategies to foster a culture of lifelong learning and independent skills to prepare children for their futures   

Further Information and Policies - Please click on the following links:


SEND Policy 

SEND Policy Annex 1 COVID

SEND Information Report 

Moon's Moat SEND Information for Parents

Worcestershire's Graduated Response ('Ordinarily Available') 

Worcestershire's Local Offer

Mental Health Policy 


Please click here for more information about 'Shooting Stars' and Mental Health at Moon's Moat First School. 


Contact Information 


To arrange an appointment, please contact the school office. 


Early Years (Nursery and Reception) SENDCo - Mrs Burgoyne 

Key Stage 1 and 2 SENDCo - Miss Vale 

School Nurse - Annick Kieff - 01527 488 780

Family Support Worker (School) - Lisa Sinclair - 07999 828 054

Family Support Worker (Early Help) - Alyson Rushworth 

Speech and Language Therapist - Jacqui Woodcock 

Educational Psychologist - Sheila Fannon 

Specialist Learning Support Teacher - Sheila Smith 

Specialist Autism Teacher - Nicky James 

Beacon PRU Outreach Support - Amy Chatwin 

Bereavement Counsellor (Touchstones) - Vicki Quarton 





Letter from Miss Vale regarding wellbeing support at home for children and parents. 


Transition Support 

Although some children have returned to school already, for many the new autumn term will be their first time stepping into a classroom since lockdown began. Understandably, this will be a strange or worrying time for children and their parents. Supporting children's wellbeing during the return to school is our key priority. We have been busy collecting lots of useful resources and information to make sure the return to classrooms in the autumn is a mentally healthy one. Below are some resources you could complete with your child(ren) over the summer break to prepare them for their return to school. 


Moon's Moat - Back to School Workbook 


Mindfulness calendar – Mentally Healthy Schools

Practising mindfulness over the summer break will help your child deal with any anxieties or worries when they return to school. This resource is a two-week calendar with a mindfulness activity suggested each day, which you could use for the last two weeks of summer.


Self-care summer activity pack – Anna Freud Centre

Help children create their own self-care plan for the summer holidays with this activity pack.


Going back to school – Partnership for Children

Parents can work through this table with their children to explore the things they may be worried about when going back to school, and ways to calm those worries.


Tips for returning to school video – Nip in the Bud

In this short video, clinical psychologist Dr Jess Richardson shares straightforward suggestions for parents and teachers to deal with any potential apprehension or anxiety children may experience on returning to school. There is also an accompanying factsheet.


Letting go & future plans – Partnership for Children

An important part of preparing to go back to school is to reflect on what has happened during coronavirus, as well as looking forward to the future. Parents can complete this simple activity sheet with their child to help them let go of things they may have missed out on during the lockdown.


Self-care kit – NHS

Practising good self-care is another important way children can get ready for the return to school. This self-care kit has lots of ideas and activities for self-care for children, including mindful colouring, breathing exercises, an emotional check-in, a self-soothe box and more.


Preparing your child for the first day back at school – Trauma Informed Schools

This poster features some simple top tips for helping children feel more ready to return to the school environment.


Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness 

This YouTube channel features lots of mindfulness and meditation activities specifically
designed for parents and children to do together.


Transition Resources - Worcestershire's Speech and Language Team

My bag

My lunch

My school clothes

New school hunt

Transition changes


These lovely resources have been made by the Speech and Language Team to support children with transition. 


COVID-19 Support for parents of SEND pupils during school closures letter


The Starting Well Partnership is able to offer support for children and families. Please click here for more information.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the services provided by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust are working in different ways, and some have ceased for the time being. They have produced the following leaflet with information to help direct families, children and young people to services available to support them during this time.


Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Wellbeing support guide for children, young people and families. 


Worcestershire Speech and Language Team - Supporting during COVID-19


It is difficult for us as adults to take in all of the information and change that Covid-19 has caused in our lives. It is even harder to help  children and young people cope with all the uncertainties and disruption. Social distancing, self isolation, school closures and  food shortages – there is so much for children to process and make sense of.

Worcestershire's Speech and Language Team are building a collection of accessible information resources to make this process a little easier for families. They will be adding to this section every week, so please check back to find out what’s new.


Please click here for more information and support for mental health and wellbeing. 

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