At Springfield Infant School and Nursery, the children with Special Educational Needs and/ or Disabilities (SEND) gain a high quality, inclusive education that is based on child-centered approaches. All SEN children will be challenged with high expectations for achievement.

At Springfield we use the Graduated Approach as part of the assessment, planning, teaching and review cycle. This ensures that all children receive support and provision targeted to meet their needs and that of their family. We believe parents/carers and their children’s views should be listened to, understood and incorporated into the support that they receive.

We believe it is essential to maintain communication between different agencies and individuals involved with the family including support services. The Inclusion Manager is a point of contact for parents who need information on support and advice regarding provision. The Inclusion Manager co-ordinates advice and support from a range of outside agencies and facilitates effective partnership with them. These agencies include speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists.

By using targeted intervention programmes and regular assessments, we will ensure that provision for each child will be real, relevant and engaging. Some of these interventions include language groups and literacy or numeracy based interventions.

We also feel it is of high importance to support children’s social and emotional development. We provide a nurture groups run by trained Learning Mentors who support children to be able to express how they are feeling and be more able to cope with difficulties that they may encounter. We also run self-esteem, anxiety groups and have a sensory/nurture room in Polar Bears, which the children can also access at lunchtimes.

Our Inclusion Manager is Miss Natalie Collins.

If you have any concerns, initially these should be raised with the class teacher and interventions put in place.  If the difficulties are more complex Miss Collins will happily be involved, and be able to give more specific support.

Please do feel free to contact her on (01903) 219243 if you need any assistance or further information.

Please see the Polar Bear class page for more information, we also have a  Parent’s notice board with helpful information in the Polar Bears room. 


Education Partnership Protocol -



WS SEND Information and support

Policies and Helpful Information 

Accessibility plan Spring 2018

Special Educational Need Policy Jan 2017

SEND Information Spring 2018

Disability Equality Scheme and Policy 2017

Equality Policy 2017

Gifted and Talented Policy January 2016

Safeguarding Recording Policy Jan 2017

What is a Local offer?

West Sussex Local offer

Everybody included

SEN Support The Graduated Approach

SEN Code of Practice Quick Guide

SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Children and Families Act 2014

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

Have you filled your bucket today?

To promote positive behavior at Springfield each class is using the ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ book. The children have opportunities to think about the positive behaviors that can help them to fill their imaginary bucket. For some children a real bucket or picture of a bucket is used for them to collect jewels or stickers.

Each class has a ‘Bucket filling’ display to show how the children can be a bucket filler or a bucket dipper. To see a copy of this story please click the link below. 

Have you filled your bucket today

Nurture Group

Through the use of the nurture room the children are encouraged to think about their emotions and use a peg system to help them self-regulate and think about how they are feeling.

As part of the Nurture room there is a worry plaque and a worry monster to help the children to discuss and resolve any worries and anxieties they may have.