Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND):

Our School SENCO is Mrs Clare Keane.

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is committed to ensuring that all our children succeed and reach their full potential. All our children are treated as individuals. We work with children, parents/carers and other agencies to provide the best possible educational outcomes. We have high expectations for all our children and put support in place at the earliest possible stage where needed.

Our Catholic Compass Partnership works together on a regular basis to share good practice and keep up to date with changes to legislation. This ensures we fulfil our mission statement of the partnership:

Jesus Christ is at the centre of the life of the Partnership. We work together to ensure that all children reach their full potential by striving to offer the highest possible standards of education. We recognise that every child is unique, created in God’s image. We celebrate and nurture their individual gifts and talents. Inspired by faith, our partnership shares its achievements offering each other challenge and support, as together we follow Christ in self giving love and service.


  • Our School Offer & Policies:

Please click on the link below to read our School Offer for SEND provision:

School SEND Offer


Our Inclusion Policy reflect the school’s commitment to inclusion, safety and well-being of the children alongside other policies that can be found on the Policies Page of our website.

Please click on the link below to read our Inclusion Policy:

Inclusion Policy

Please click on the link below to read our School SEND Information Report 2019-20:

School Information Report 2019-20

There are so many acronyms and unfamiliar terms in the world of SEND. Please click on the link below for a handy glossary.

SEND Parent Glossary




If your child needs to self-isolate at any point and is away from school please feel free to access the resources below.

  • SEND Resources to Support Pupils & Families:

SEND Home Learning Resources

Useful Links for SEND Pupils Supporting Children with Covid-19 Isolation

Handwashing Tips




  • SEN Showcase Sessions

In 2019 St. Joseph’s launched their SEN Showcase sessions. These have allowed parents to see first-hand the provision that is in place for their child, to have an opportunity to work alongside them in class and to participate in some of the interventions that they access. We’re really proud of the provision that we offer and of the efforts that the children make every day and felt that this was a good way to share this and celebrate it with parents.

At the sessions there is a workshop led by Mrs Holmes covering an area of interest for parents. Please click on the links below to see the areas covered  so far. We are always keen to hear what areas you would like covering and will do out best to include them.

    • Dyslexia Friendly Strategies
    • Reading Approaches

‘ I really enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside my child and to see how the provision works everyday. It was reassuring to see how the provision is just part and parcel of the everyday classroom practice.’

‘The strategies shared were really useful and I feel more confident using some of these at home.’

‘I really enjoyed working alongside my Mum. It was good to be able to show her my work and to show her how we work in class.’


At St. Joseph’s we pride ourselves on the provision we put in place to be Dyslexia Friendly. We actively adopt and implement Dyslexia Friendly Strategies across school so that all our children can benefit and learn from their use. We have participated in the ‘Level Two Dyslexia Aware School SENIT Training’ and a key part of our action plan is to ensure that we consistently review and evaluate our provision.  Please click on the links below for more information about the provision in place at St Joseph’s.


Dyslexia Provision at St. Joseph’s:


Understanding Dyslexia:


Supporting Reading:


Supporting Spelling:


Dyslexia Friendly Apps:

Dyslexia Friendly Apps


In 2019, we participated in the Level Two Dyslexia Aware School SENIT training. A key part of our action plan was to engage and listen to the pupils so that their voices and ideas were heard. Four pupils from Year 5 who have dyslexia were asked to be Dyslexia Ambassadors for school. This has  involved them leading assemblies, presenting to parents and raising awareness of dyslexia across school.

As a school we are really proud of them for the way in which they have embraced the role and the hard work that they have put in. Children across school now see dyslexia as a learning difference not a learning difficulty and this is very much due to their example and attitude. The role is still developing and they still have lots of ideas that they want to implement.

Dyslexia Awareness Assembly

What Dyslexia Means To Us

Dyslexia Ambassador Celebration

Whole School Understanding of Dyslexia




Nessy programs are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently. We have been using the programme for over a year and the children love it! Each half term we reward our NESSY Superstars and our NESSY mascot is given out each week for those children who have demonstrated that extra bit of effort.

‘I love NESSY. The games are really fun and there are clever tricks to learn some of the spellings.’
‘I really like working through the islands. It is exciting when you move onto a different one because it means that you are learning!’


What Is NESSY?:

The Nessy Approach to Learning is multisensory and engaging. The  programs are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently, including students with dyslexia.

  • Nessy believes that if children have fun then learning becomes more memorable.
  • Nessy Reading & Spelling approach means that each child receives instruction tailored to his or her specific needs.
  • Flexible enough to be adapted to how the individual learns.
  • Every resource is graded so the student is not expected to know anything that has not yet been taught.
  • Multisensory activities, reading and spelling are taught at the same time.
  • A highly structured, sequential, cumulative and systematic phonics based learning program.


  • STARS are a team of autism specialists who offer advice and training to mainstream settings and staff. They provide support and advice to school as to how best to support children & their families once they have received an official diagnosis.
  • Click on the link below to access their website which contains a wealth of information and resources.

STARS Website  

Please click on the links below for further useful resources.

Autism Transition Toolkit

Working Together With Your Child’s School

Finding A School For Your Child With Autism 




The Main Principles of LEGO Therapy

Lego Group is great fun! We work together as a team, take on different roles, communicate and succeed!



At St. Joseph’s we recognise the importance of gross motor skills and fine motor skills and have fun ways of working on them. Some children may access Big Moves which focuses on 10 Fundamental Gross Motor Skills. All classes also have access to ‘Fingergym’ activities and resources. If we have concerns about a child’s motor skills we take steps to help improve them but will always refer onto the Occupational Therapy team if we feel we need additional support.

Occupational Therapy Referral Criteria

Please click on the links below for useful information to help with handwriting.

Early writing skills

Forming letters

Pencil control

Sit well

Staying focused


At St. Joseph’s we pride ourselves on the work we do for the Speech, Language & Communication needs of our pupils. We work closely with Interactions Speech Therapy who visit school on a half-termly basis as well as with the NHS Speech & Language Service in Leeds. Any concerns that we have about any aspect of a child’s communication needs are acted upon. Parents are always consulted and next steps discussed. Please access the information below for information on the speech therapy company that we use and consent forms for their services.

Interactions Parent Information Leaflet

Interactions Consent Form 



Please access the following links for a wealth of information and resources. The NHS Toolkit is a particularly useful resources with hundreds of ideas for games and activities for all areas of speech, language and communication.

Leeds NHS Speech & Language Service 

Speech, Language & Communication Needs ~ A Guide For Parents 



Working with outside organisations is a key part of the SEN provision at St. Joseph’s. This may involve other professions and external services such as Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, School Nursing Team, Specialist SEN Teachers ~ the list is long. We pride ourselves on the partnerships that we have built up and will always involve you in any meetings or discussions.

  • Educational Psychologist:

The Educational Psychology Team offer support to schools if there are concerns about an individual or a group of young people. Support is either offered through city wide consultations or longer pieces of work in school. If it is felt that your child would benefit from some input this will  be discussed with you prior to referral.

Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the City Wide Consultations.

EP City Wide Consultation Sessions ~ Guide For Parents

EP City Wide Consultation Dates Autumn Term 2020
  • SENIT:

The Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Team (SENIT) is a multidisciplinary team of specialist teachers and inclusion workers in Leeds. The team supports children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities to improve outcomes and to realise their potential. They work with staff in schools and education and childcare settings, providing advice and training which builds capacity within settings to support children and young people with SEN. The team aims to secure better progress, support inclusion in a mainstream setting and improve the school or setting experience for the child or young person. If it is felt that your child would benefit from some SENIT input this will  be discussed with you prior to referral.

Please click on the link below for additional information regarding the SENIT team.

What is SENIT? Quick Guide For Parents 

SENIT Parent & Carer Leaflet


  • Leeds City Council SEND Support:

Follow  the link below to find out all you need to know about the Leeds City Council SEND support including  the citywide SEND Local Offer.


SENDIASS provide free, impartial advice and information on many SEND topics. These include:

How To Contact Us:

Who can I contact for further information?

  • If you are considering applying for a school place contact the school office on 01937 582163 or via email on office@stjosephswetherby.com
  • If you wish to discuss something about your child, please speak to your child’s class teacher in the first instance or contact the school office to make an appointment with the relevant member of staff.
  • If you require information about other support services contact the school, SENCo, Clare Keane.
  • If you have any concerns about any area of SEND within school, please contact the SENCO or Head Teacher in the first instance.