The Carey Federation

SEND Information

Our SEND documents.

SEND Information for the Carey Federation


The information below provides an overview of our SEND provision.


Who Should I contact at the Carey federation?

The Special Needs Co-ordinator (Senco) is Mrs Rosie Cawsey .  She can be contacted via either school office,  Halwill:  01409221476 or Ashwater 01409211228 or email /    She will return calls as soon as possible.    The governor responsible for Special Educational Needs is Mrs Gail Marshall who can be contacted via the school office.


Information about the Carey Federation

The Carey federation consists of Ashwater Primary and Halwill Community Primary School.  Both schools are main stream settings,  for pupils from four to eleven.  Ashwater School has recently welcomed and incorporated the preschool group into its setting.  The schools are located 4 miles apart, separated by the Carey River.  However staff work closely together and the schools are inextricably linked.


Our ethos is a whole school approach to provide opportunities for children to grow into the best person that they can possibly be.    We want our children to be creative, inspired and encouraged.   In line with our mission statement, we aim to provide a nurturing environment that enhances learning for all children and encourages the child of today to become the well rounded adult of tomorrow. Across the federation, we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum with an emphasis on quality first teaching to ensure the best possible progress for all of our pupils whatever their needs or abilities.


The environment we create is one where we encourage the children to have high aspirations and a positive mind-set. The children are encouraged to believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.  From our Early years setting our children are nurtured and encouraged to develop curious minds.  Challenge and consolidation throughout, is of utmost importance.    As they share their time with us they take different steps of different sizes with the aim of leaving us confident to explore the world.


Within the Carey Federation we have a  graduated approach to SEND, ensuring early identification of needs and a continuum of support for children and parents/carers,  to enable all children to make progress.


Definition of SEN

A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.


A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:

• has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or

• has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.


a.  For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for other children or young people of the same age by mainstream schools, maintained nursery schools, mainstream post-16 institutions or by relevant early years providers.


b.  A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the definition in paragraph 1) above when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them (Section 20 Children and Families Act 2014)


Areas of SEND:

Under the SEND Code of Practice, pupils identified as having a special educational need (SEN) will be considered as falling under four broad areas of need:


• Communication and interaction

• Cognition and learning

• Social, emotional and mental health difficulties

• Sensory and/or physical needs.


We follow the Send Code of conduct – January 2015.  Please see the link below for more information:



What is the local offer? 

The Children and Families Bill was enacted in 2014. From this date, Local Authorities and schools are required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for the children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) aged 0-25. This is the ‘Local Offer’.


The intention of the Local Offer is to improve choice and transparency for families. It will also be an important resource for parents in understanding the range of services and provision in the local area.

Further information on Devon’s Local Offer can be obtained at


Additional information 

Children requiring extra help to reach goals relative to their age and development,  will be registered on the Special Needs Register. Parents are involved in this process and an Individual Education Plan/’Myplan’ will be drawn up.


We have an Equal Opportunities policy which states that the school will cater for all children and all adults in the school fairly. If paper copies of documentation is required, these are available from the school offices.


Training needs for all staff are identified during the school year and provision is made for the whole school, individual or group training to take place.


Rescources are purchased where possible to support the needs of our children, these will be identified as part of the identification stage and during on-going monitoring.


Some children may have ‘additional needs’ our SEND funding is used to support them, 1:1 if possible. An application for additional funding may be required for which a DAF application will need to be carried out (Devon Assessment Framework).


Provision for Gifted and Talented children forms part of our SEND policy. We have procedures in place which recognise and encourage children who are ‘gifted’ in particular areas of the school learning.


Children who speak English as an additional language are catered for in line with our Equal Opportunities policy.


The Carey Federation have close links with the local pre-schools and this ensures early help is sought and there is a smooth transtition in to the school settings. The Federation also maintains close links with other agencies and support networks.


Halwill Primary School is a modern school with easy access both inside and outside of the premises. Ashwater Primary School is an old Victorian school which has some access difficulties. In both schools we make provision, within reasonable expectations, to ensure that all children and adults are able to access areas to meet their needs.


Governors monitor the progress of children registered with SEND through analysing pupil progress and attainment data and through feedback from the SENco and Head Teacher.


Devon Local offer website: