Children are supported by their teacher and a number of teaching assistants within their classes. All staff are qualified to lead and/or assist with lessons, together with providing appropriate social and emotional support.

We aim to meet the individual needs of all children, including providing challenge and encouragement to gifted children, giving guidance to those children who may have trouble with learning, and providing specific support to those with special educational needs. We individually assess the needs of all pupils, and ensure support is given on a one-to-one basis or in groups where appropriate.

Children with a particular physical need will also receive help from the local authority’s special needs support services.

Supporting families

Within Samuel Barlow Primary Academy, we have a team of trained staff to liaise with families of our children to provide any assistance where required. We are able to offer impartial support, advice and guidance to parents/carers on issues including:

  • parenting concerns
  • school transition
  • attendance
  • healthy lifestyle
  • confidence building
  • mental well-being
  • relationship breakdown
  • accessing local services
  • behaviour management
  • e-safety
  • bereavement
  • holiday activities
  • benefits / housing / debt
  • returning to work, training or education

If you require some support with any of the issues above, please contact your child’ class teacher in confidence by calling the academy on 01623 479033 or our SENDco via email at:

Getting support for your child

During a child’s time at Samuel Barlow Primary Academy there may be a number of reasons where they need some extra support. This could be help with homework, understanding a topic within a lesson, problems with friends or family, or that they’re worried about something inside or outside of the academy.

Any child can raise their concerns with any member of staff who will be able to help or pass this on to the most relevant person. If this is a safeguarding issue, then Mrs Kahler, Mrs Turner, Miss Pye and Miss Burrell are our designated safeguarding leads, but all staff can support and signpost this.

We take any request for help seriously and put in place measures to provide extra support where necessary.