Penns Primary School

Penns Primary School

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Berwood Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B72 1BS


SEND Information Report and Local Offer

 At Penns Primary School we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve to the best of their ability. In order to do this, many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality first teaching is vital; however for some children there are occasions when further positive support may be needed to help them to achieve their targets. The information provided on these pages is intended to explain to you the provision Penns Primary has made and will continue to make, for pupils with SEND. It also details the Birmingham Local Offer which is a list of all services that can be accessed in the Local Authority, where Penns Primary School is a part of that offer.

If you have a concern about your child, please do not hesitate to contact our Inclusion Manager: Mrs A Unsworth.

Penns Inclusion Network

We are delighted to announce our new inclusion network. Penns Inclusion Network. PIN. Our aim is to share knowledge and understanding of all issues relating to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities here at Penns Primary. Look out for information via the school newsletter and the website. You could also join our new PIN ‘dojo’ group where our Penns’ community can share information together. If you would like to be part of this group, whether you have a child with SEND or an interest in SEND, please dojo Mrs Unsworth.

 Penns Primary SEND Information Report Feb 2022.docxDownload
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At Penns, staff are supported in:

1. identifying barriers to learning (Special Educational Needs when they become frequent)

2. Classroom-based strategies and adaptations which may be useful in meeting pupils' special educational needs within their lesson and in the wider school environment.

Please see the class teacher toolkit below:

 SEND Class teacher Toolkit.docxDownload
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The document below outlines the practice and range of support offered across the school in each area of need.  Support is tailored to the needs of an individual class or for an individual pupil and the offering in each class will reflect this and may change accordingly.

 Penns Primary Provision Offer Feb 22.docxDownload
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Penns Provision Mapping (see below)

Provision Mapping is a transparent method of showing the range of provision available to learners throughout the school. It allows schools to monitor, evaluate and plan the development of provision, increase access for disadvantaged groups, secure the entitlement of all learners and raise achievement and standards.

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 What is Autism?

Autism is a term used to describe a neurological difference in brain development that has a marked effect on how a person develops. There are four areas of difference that are particularly important to understand and pay attention to because most children and young people on the autism spectrum will have individual educational needs to be met in these areas.


Social understanding

Differences in understanding social behaviour and the feelings of others, which informs the development of friendships and relationships.


Sensory processing

Differences in perceiving sensory information. Hypo (low sensitivity), hyper (high sensitivity), touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste, vestibular inner ear (balance), proprioceptive (body awareness)

Interests and information processing

Differences in perception, planning, understanding concepts, generalising, predicting, managing transitions, passions for interests and ability to absorb auditory or spoken information.


Differences in understanding and expressing communication and language, with skills ranging from individuals who are highly articulate, to others who may be non–verbal. Good language skills may mask a deep level of misunderstanding.


The Autism Helpline enquiry service provides impartial, confidential information along with advice for autistic people, their families, friends and carers.

Contact us by:

Telephone: 0808 800 4104

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, our Helpline telephone opening hours have been amended to:

10am – 3pm, Monday to Friday. 

How do we support pupils with autism at Penns?

  1. Establish a routine
  2. Consider the learning environment
  3. Manage changes and transitions
  4. Communicate clearly
  5. Integrate their interests
  6. Work with parents and carers
  7. Build resilience


SEN Resources

Please follow the link below to access support for children at home with additional learning needs:

Back on Track

Guidance for schools and families
on supporting pupils with SEND
in response to Covid-19 

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