Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Rushey Green Primary School's SEND information report sets out what we provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. It explains how we support them on to the next stage of their education.

SEND Newsletter

SEND Information Report

Children with Special Educational Needs

A child is deemed to have special educational needs if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age. The school is committed to the early identification of, and provision for children with special needs. We have a clear policy, and a specially designated teacher known as a Special Educational Needs Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) to ensure that children with special educational needs get the best service. Ms. Thomas is our SENDCO.

The Children and Families Act 2014 changed the way in which children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities are supported at school and in the community. A new SEND Code of practice for all maintained educational settings, local authorities and health partners was published in July 2014.

Local offer

Every local authority has a “local offer” which informs parent/carers and young people with SEN or disabilities what is provided in their local area, including what to expect from local early years providers, schools, colleges, health and social care. In addition, it will include information on how decisions are made about how services are allocated, how to request a personal budget, how to access more specialist support and how to complain or appeal. Local authorities must involve parent carers, children and young people in developing their local offer.

Click on the link to find out more about Lewisham's Local Offer

For more information and advice please Contact Ms. Thomas (SENDCO) -  SENCO@rusheygreen.lewisham.sch.uk  


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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS  provides free impartial, confidential and accurate information, advice and support about education, health and social care for children, young people and their parents on matters relating to special educational needs and disability.

Click on the leaflet below for more information:

SENDIASS Leaflet June 2020


Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability

It is a local project working with over 1,000 families in Lewisham who have a disabled child or children.

Information, advice and support

It offers information, advice and support to parents and carers of disabled children as well as to professionals working with families.

Events and family activities

It runs workshops on topics such as challenging behaviour, transition and stress management. It raises funds in order to run activities throughout the school holidays. These range from local cycling, to trips to theme parks and castles. It also runs a monthly swimming session for families in Deptford.

Sign up for our free newsletter at the bottom of this page and receive information on:

  • forthcoming local workshops
  • activities and family events
  • local, regional and national groups and support organisations
  • other information for families caring for a child with a special need.

Contact the Contact a Family office to find out more about the services on offer to you.

Call 020 8297 8056 or email lewisham.office@cafamily.org.uk


AFRIL works to relieve poverty and isolation for local refugees and minority ethnic communities.

They help by offering educational programmes for children and adults, raising awareness and working together with the local community. We have come a long way since our foundation in July 2007. Today we work with an average of 120 clients per week from over 40 different nationalities. Last year we were able to use our services to help almost 1200 people.

To contact AFRIL, click on the logo or call 020 8297 4111.

Secondary Transfer for children with SEND

Secondary Transfer Documents (SEND)

Secondary Transfer Letter Apr 2020 - (Covid 19)

Every year our school attends the ‘Secondary Transfer Information Sharing Day’. This provides us with the opportunity to meet with secondary school staff to discuss children who may require a carefully planned transition and those who have Special Educational Needs. Due to the current circumstances in relation to COVID-19, this day is unlikely to go ahead this year.

In order to enable us to continue to make the best transition arrangements for your child we need your permission to share information on a confidential basis to relevant members of staff in your child’s new secondary school.

You will receive a letter (by email) asking for your permission to share your child's information. Please return this only if you DO NOT want us to share. We must receive this instruction by Friday 8th May 2020.  


Why is it important for us all to share information about your child with their new school?

It is important because you as parents and carers have a wealth of knowledge and understanding about your child’s learning and development, particularly their strengths and differences and their aspirations.  This helps your child’s new secondary school to ensure any support is in place for when your child joins them in September. It also ensures that they are aware of any worries you and your child may have.

Every child is unique and requires personalised support to reach their full potential. By allowing us to share information with your child’s new secondary school you are providing the very best opportunity for your child’s needs to be met as they start this new and exciting phase in their life.

Below are some links to documents to support you and your child, guiding you through the secondary transfer process.