The Federation of Church Schools of Shalfleet and Yarmouth

SEN, ELSA & Family Support

Special Educational Needs

The Federations Inclusion Manager is Mrs Jane Collins supported by Mrs Heather Eggleton 

Our SENCO team can be contacted on 

In all schools there are children identified as having Special Educational Needs. Children can be identified by their parents, class teachers or outside professionals when they are unable to make adequate progress through the provision that the school provides for the majority. Children identified as having a Special Educational Need who, through discussion involving parents, teachers and the child, are placed on the SEN register, will have an Individual Education Plan which details additional arrangements and teaching enabling them to progress. Further details are available in our SEN policy or through discussion with the Headteacher or teacher responsible for SEN Co-ordination.

Nationally all schools will now publish a document called a ‘local offer’; which will outline what schools are offering for pupils with additional needs and/or disability. Please click below to download Shalfleets ‘local offer’. We have tried to make sure that we haven’t used jargon and that our school local offer is easy to understand. If you would like to comment on this please email us. Our school email address can be found by clicking on contact us.

Shalfleet SEND Local Offer

“The Isle of Wight Council is committed to giving all children and young people high quality education that enables them to make progress and achieve well. For children and young people aged 0 to 25 with special educational needs or a disability, additional or specialist support may be needed to enable this. To support the process of identifying the range of provision and advice that is available, the Isle of Wight Local Authority have published a local offer. For more information about the Local Offer please use the following link:

If you are at all concerned about your child’s progress and development you are able to make an appointment with the headteacher for further discussion.

FAQs COVID-19 SEN Service


Parents Voice IW for SEN and Disabilities

Special Educational Needs Service
Thompson House
Sandy Lane
Isle of Wight
PO30 3NA
Contact : Charlotte Lewis
Tel: 01983 821000 ext. 8423

Autism / Asperger’s – This document is helpful in spotting the possible signs and understanding Asperger’s / High Functioning Autism – IOFW0601-17AA-AutisumfriendlyClassroomsPresentation-3

Family Support

Family Services brochure Shalfleet and Yarmouth

Jigsaw Family Support – Letter introducing Jigsaw2

Child Bereavement Resource Sheet


Please find below the link to the new CAMHs website for Hampshire; there are some helpful materials on the website. Hampshire CAMHS is an NHS specialist service for young people aged 0-18 years and their families who are experiencing difficulties with their mental and emotional health.


Speech & Language

The following document from The Communication Trust includes recommended games and activities to promote children’s speech and language development that are fun and easy to do whilst at the same time encouraging your children’s communication skills.

The Communication Trust – Summer Talk

Visit for further information, free resources and to sign up for regular updates.

Games to help SLCN children at home


Mental Health

Action for Children –

Help you understand the signs and behaviours that could point to a child or young person needing support to maintain their mental wellbeing.

Young Minds –

Supporting mental health and wellbeing – Covid-19 and general


ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant        

Elsa support is an Intervention, just like a numeracy or a literacy Intervention.

The role is to support children in school, to understand and regulate their own emotional wellbeing whilst also respecting the feelings of those around them. Offering children the opportunity to express their feelings and describe their emotions is a positive experience for both the individual and school.

Emotional literacy explores children’s Emotional Intelligence, working on the 5 key elements.

Social Skills, Empathy, Self-awareness, Self-regulation and Motivation, we do this through all kinds of activities.

Sewing, making self-esteem and self-confidence books, talking about emotions, recognising emotions in other people and playing games to name a few.

Looking at friendship & relationship skills when needed.

The 5 elements are simplified for individual age and ability to give maximum effect and understanding.

The ELSA will meet with a child once a week for 40mins to an hour, starting at half a term up to the full term. During this time we hope to have given the child better understanding of their own emotions and feelings and of those around them, giving them the tools to manage any difficult situations easily.

The usual guidelines around safeguarding are respected.

We are very lucky here at Shalfleet to have a small room in the Yr5 building called the Chat room, it’s a very comfortable, relaxed, safe place for the children to explore their emotions.

You can find out more about ELSAs at

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