Inclusion & SEND

Inclusion at Holt Farm Junior School


At Holt Farm Junior School all staff and governors are committed to the principle of equal opportunity, and aim to encourage the development of every child, meeting their individual needs by matching them to the curriculum.


In recent years at Holt Farm Junior School we have seen an expansion of our Inclusion Team.


The team now includes:

Mr Keeler - Inclusion Leader and SENCO

Mrs Iles - Learning Mentor

Mr Dennis - Behavior Support


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)


At Holt Farm Junior School the responsibility for the SEND provision of children lies primarily with the class teachers.

The Inclusion Leader, Mr Keeler, has an overview of the SEND provision throughout the school and is involved in the monitoring, assessment and delivery of the SEND provision.

The Inclusion Leader reports to Mrs Wass, the Head Teacher, and Mrs Thornton, the Inclusion Manager for the Academy Trust, both of whom have also take an active role in the SEND provision within Holt Farm Junior School.

Mr Keeler can be contacted directly on senco@hfjs.co.uk

Information about Essex Local Offer

Download our SEN policy and other information below


Support for Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs


At Holt Farm Junior School we are proud of the fact that our children feel that they can talk to any of the adults in school. In addition to this, members of the Inclusion Team make themselves available for ‘chats’ or ‘check ins’ with then children at different points throughout the school day.

All pupils are supported through the school’s robust pastoral system but sometimes this is not enough to address specific social and emotional needs.

If there are concerns with a pupil’s social or emotional well-being, then initially we will complete a range of assessments that will then determine the direction of any intervention. This intervention may include small group social skills or 1-1 social skills/emotional support lead by a member of our Inclusion Team.


Young Carers


Young Carers is an area that has become more prominent in recent years within education.

While there are no exact figures on the number of young carers nationally, some data does exist that give us an idea of the extent of the issue. Findings from research (Walker, 1996) suggest that up to 51,000 children in Britain may be providing substantial and regular care to another family member.

For more information on how we are addressing the needs of children identified as being Young Carers, please go to the separate Young Carers page linked here.


Pupil Premium


According to the government, evidence shows that children from disadvantaged backgrounds generally face extra challenges in reaching their potential at school and often do not perform as well as their peers. The pupil premium grant is designed to allow schools to help disadvantaged pupils by improving their progress and the exam results they achieve.

For more information please go to the separate Pupil Premium page linked here.


Greater Depth and Secure Learners (GDS)


At Holt Farm Junior School we challenge all learners, this includes those who are considered to be working at a greater depth. Through ongoing assessment and intervention targeted to extend the learning of children, we aim to make sure those who have been identified as having the ability to achieve higher than their age expected expectations, achieving their full potential.

Updated June 2020

Essex Inclusion Statement

SEND Full Information Report 2019 - 2020 .

SEND Policy 2019 - 2020.

SEND Summary Information Report 2019 - 2020.