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Gifford Primary School

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SEND & Inclusion


SENDCo – Mrs Tiago 

SENDCo Assistant – Mrs Summers

SEND Teacher (EYFS/KS1): Mrs Cooney-Quinn

SEND Teacher (KS2): Ms Akrill

HIP Teaching Assistant: Miss Baker 

EYFS/KS1 SEND Teaching Assistant – Mrs Hannibal

KS2 SEND Teaching Assistant – Mrs O’Connell

Speech and Language Teaching Assistant – Mrs Dhunna

Occupational Therapy Teaching Assistant – Mrs Basharat

ASD Teaching Assistant – Mrs Gasiewska


Whole Schools Aims/Ethos

Gifford Primary School is a fully inclusive school where we aim to meet the needs of all pupils through a rich and varied academic and social curriculum with regard to the National Curriculum guidelines 2014. We are fully committed to enabling all pupils to reach their full potential irrespective of their gender, age, ethnicity, religion, ability and social background, in line with the Equalities Act 2010.


At Gifford Primary school we welcome all children with special educational needs as part of our community, and we will ensure that all pupils have an equal opportunity to engage in the curriculum. We take our responsibilities of equality very seriously and work hard to ensure that everybody connected to the school is made to feel welcome and provided with the resources and support to enable them to enjoy and feel fully involved in the Gifford family. 


How do we support pupils?

We endeavour to educate all children, as much as possible within the classroom with their peers. This is achieved through the adaptation and differentiation of work. We also recognise that there are times when it is desirable for a group of children with similar needs to work together with specialist help. We work closely with our teachers, teaching assistants, special needs team and external professionals to deliver an inclusive curriculum and to ensure that the correct support is in place for our children.


We also have our own sensory room for the children with additional sensory needs to thrive and feel safe and secure. 


Parental Partnership

We understand that having a child with special educational needs can be challenging and sometimes isolating for parents. To support parents through this journey we host SEND parent coffee mornings and afternoons, which gives our parents the opportunity to share, advise and support each other.


We know that for parents, communication and understanding of the individual is key to a successful education and we hope that by working together we can ensure that every child at Gifford Primary School can achieve and be successful.


Hearing Impaired Unit 

Gifford Primary School is the London Borough of Ealing’s additionally resourced provision for Deaf students and those with a hearing loss.  The Provision supports students in Reception-Year 6 who have an Educational Health Care Plan. Our students have varying degrees of deafness, from mild to profound, and communication modes (oral, British Sign Language and Sign Supported English). The Hearing Impaired Provision also oversees all students with a diagnosis of hearing impairment/Deaf in school.


The staff at Gifford Hearing Impaired Provision are committed to enabling our pupils to become effective learners and communicators, using both, verbal and non-verbal communication systems e.g. gesture, signing or speech.  By the term ‘communicator we mean the exchange and understanding of information, ideas, feelings, values and beliefs.  By use the terms deaf/hearing impaired to refer to any child with a hearing loss, irrespective of cause or degree. We use a ‘holistic’ approach to the teaching of language giving equal status to the development of emotional literacy and social skills as well as spoken, signed & written language.  We believe an individual child’s communication skills will be maximised when the school, parents, SALT and external agencies all work in partnership together.


We understand and acknowledge that a child’s communication skills are continually developing.  We accept and value all communicative intentions whether this is signed or spoken.



Deaf children are part of the mainstream school and attend classes with their hearing peers. They wear post aural hearing aids or cochlear implants and use radio aids when they integrate. The SENDCo, outreach team and specialist teaching assistants work closely with class teachers to ensure that deaf children have full access to the learning environment and the National Curriculum.  It is tiring listening through hearing aids throughout the day and deaf children benefit from daily withdrawal to the provision where it is quiet and they can concentrate on their specific language and literacy targets and receive pre- and post- teaching in various subjects. All sessions are either on a 1:1 basis or in small groups. Mainstream teachers receive regular deaf awareness training from our outreach team about how to best include deaf children in lessons.


What's a Teacher of the Deaf?


Tips for teaching child with a mild hearing loss


Deaf children and support in the classroom: radio aids and soundfield systems



We aim to develop communication in English, whether spoken, written or signed. The mode of communication is dependent upon the student. The use of British Sign Language enables some students to access the mainstream curriculum, for others it is their first language.



The SENDCo attends transitional reviews at Year 6. This may be followed up by additional visits to Primary Schools if required. Our students have gone on to attend a variety of schools including Oak Lodge, Blanche Neville, Heston Community College and Vyners.



If you have any concerns about your child please contact your child's class teacher or your group leader. Alternatively please contact myself (Mrs Tiago) or Mrs Summers (SENDCo Assistant) or call the school office on 0208 845 4661.