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Radcliffe-on-Trent Junior School

Radcliffe on Trent Junior School is similar in size to other schools of its type. It is the only junior school to serve the village of Radcliffe on Trent and the majority of pupils transfer from Radcliffe on Trent Infant School.

The majority of our children are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language. The proportion of pupils supported through pupil premium is well below average and the proportion of disabled pupils and those who have special educational needs is below average.

The school became a Local Leader of Education in 2009. It is part of the local Teaching School Alliance and works closely with its family of schools  and three nearby junior schools.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Helen Gooch or Debbie Banning
Contact Position
0115 9110193
Fax: 0115 9110194

Where to go

Radcliffe on Trent Junior School
Cropwell Road
NG12 2FS

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm, term time only.
Time of day
Session Information
Contact the school by e mail or phone to make an appointment.

Other Details


Other notes

Radcliffe on Trent Junior School has a hygiene suite available and is suitable for wheelchair users.

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Radcliffe on Trent Junior School is an average sized junior school and we currently have 303 children.

Contact Name
Helen Gooch
Contact Telephone
0115 9110193
Contact Email
Radcliffe on Trent Junior School
Local Offer Age Bands
Primary (4-10 years)

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

1. What kinds of special educational needs does the school/setting make provision for?

At Radcliffe on Trent Junior School we make provision for children with difficulties in cognition and learning, communication and interaction, behaviour, anxiety and physical disabilities.

2. (For mainstream schools & maintained nurseries only) How does the school/setting know if pupils need extra help and what should I do if I think that my child may have special educational needs?

We identify children with special educational needs through a variety of ways including teacher assessments, observations by teachers, teaching assistants, outside agencies and parental knowledge. If you think your child has special educational needs, please contact the school SENCOs by phone or by e mail.


3.a) How does the school/setting evaluate the effectiveness of its provision for pupils with special educational needs?

During each term and at the end of each academic year, the effectiveness of each SEND provision is evaluated statistically by referring to test results before and after the intervention and by ongoing teacher assessments. This process is overseen by the Head Teacher/ SENCO. 

3.b) How will both the school/setting and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will the school/setting help me to support their learning?

Each term, teachers assess and track the progress of pupils with SEND. The outcomes are discussed three times a year during the Pupil Progress dialogue meetings, held between the class teachers and the Head Teacher/SENCO/ Assessment co-ordinator. This information is relayed to parents during SEND meetings held three times a year or during parents evenings, depending on the level of need.




3.c) What is the school's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs?

At Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, all teachers are teachers of pupils with SEND. In order to support our children with SEND, we find patience, encouragement and well trained experienced staff, using a range of teaching strategies (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning) is the most effective approach. Working alongside parents/ carers  and with other professionals is essential.

The school curriculum is reviewed regularly by curriculum coordinators together with the SENCOs to ensure that it promotes the inclusion of all pupils. Strategies used include: adaptations to the curriculum through differentiation or an individualised curriculum for children with high level needs, improve learning through strategies that develop long term memory and reduce unnecessary cognitive load, frequent repetition and retrieval of knowledge over a longer period of time, adaptations to resources to support learning, use of ICT and learning outside the classroom. 




3.d) How will the curriculum and learning be matched to my child/young person's needs?

The school adapts the curriculum and learning environment depending on the needs of each child. The curriculum is differentiated by learning objective or by outcome, to allow children to experience success and to encourage independence. Children with the most complex needs may have an individualised curriculum.


3.e) How are decisions made about the type and amount of support my child/young person will receive?

We have a range of additional support for learning that is available to pupils with special educational needs: Teaching Assistant support, a range of small group intervention groups, class teacher support and specialist outside agencies. The two SENCOs oversee the amount of support each young person receives and this is based on level of need. 


3.f) How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom, including school trips?

Adjustments are made at lunchtimes and playtimes, to support a child who has specific difficulties at these times of the day.

Adjustments are made to enable all children to be included in school trips and residential trips, wherever possible.

3.g) What support will there be for my child/young person's overall well-being?

All class teachers and teaching assistants have received additional training to help to support a young person's well-being. In addition, we have a range of one to one and small group intervention groups to support pupils with their emotional and social development including: a qualified ELSA, play therapy and mentoring.

This year, following lockdown due to COVID19, our priority is to support all children as they reintegrate back into school. For many children, particularly children with additional needs, this unprecedented time may create additional anxieties and concerns. Our priority is to support children back into school using the 5R’s; Reconnecting, Recognition, Relationships, Reintegration and Routine and Review. Making our children feel safe is our first priority.

4. (For mainstream schools and maintained nurseries) Who is the school/setting's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and what are their contact details.

The SEND Coordinators at Radcliffe on Trent Junior school School are Mrs Helen Gooch and Mrs Debbie Banning.

Contact details:

Telephone number:  0115 9110193


5. a) What training have staff supporting special educational needs had and what is planned?

The SENCOs keep an up to date list of SEND training that teachers and teaching assistants (TAs)  have attended.

All TAs attend weekly SEND meetings. All teachers and TAs attend SEND meetings once a month. The two SENCOs  attend three Springboard meetings per year and disseminate  information to all staff during weekly and monthly meetings. 

Over the past two years, staff have received training including: precision teaching, guided reading, inference training, attachment training, supporting children who have experienced developmental trauma and CRB (previously MAPA).

Last year staff received training on strategies to support children with ASC (autism) in the classroom, using the Autism Education Trust Progression Framework and using B Squared for children with more complex needs. This year our training is focusing on metacognition skills. Our training is to improve learning through strategies that develop long term memory and reduce unnecessary cognitive load and give frequent opportunities for repetition and retrieval of knowledge over a longer period of time.



5.b) What specialist services and expertise are available or accessed by the setting/school?

If more specialist support is required, the SENCOs will contact outside agencies such as the School and Families Specialist Services (SFSS),  the Educational Psychology Service (EPS), SALT and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).


6. How will equipment and facilities to support pupils with special educational needs secured? How accessible is the school/setting?

SEND equipment and facilities are updated and added to yearly, depending on the specific needs of the children. Recommendations will be sought from organisations with specialist expertise where necessary.

Radcliffe on Trent Junior School has a hygiene suite available if needed. The school is accessible for wheelchair users.

7. What are the arrangements for consulting parents of pupils with special educational needs? How will be I involved in the education of my child/young person?

Parents of children with SEND are consulted and involved in the education of their child in a number of ways including; parents evenings, SEND review meetings and annual reviews. In addition to this, parents are welcome to contact the SENCOs in person, by phone or by email if they require any assistance.


8. What are the arrangements for consulting young people with SEN and involving them in their education?

Children with SEND are consulted with and involved in their education in several ways: during the  annual review process, SEND review meetings with parents and during the IEP writing process. The SEND Governor interviews a cross section of children with SEND to monitor and listen to their opinions.


9. What do I do if I have a concern or complaint about the SEN provision made by the school/setting?

If parents of pupils with special educational needs have any concerns or complaints regarding the provision made at Radcliffe on Trent Junior School for their child, please contact either the SENCO Mrs Helen Gooch or the SEND Governor.


10. How does the governing body involve other organisations and services (e.g. health, social care, local authority support services and voluntary organisations) in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and supporting the families of such pupils?

The Governing Body works alongside the SENCOs and the teaching staff at Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, to work with a range of specialist organisations in meeting the needs of pupils with SEND including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, School and Families Specialist Services (SFSS), educational psychologists, community paediatricians and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). This is coordinated by the SENCOs, who are the main contacts for supporting families of pupils with SEND.


11. How does the school/setting seek to signpost organisations, services etc who can provide additional support to parents/carers/young people?

The contact details of support services for parents of pupils with SEND can be obtained from the SENCOs, Mrs Helen Gooch or Mrs Debbie Banning.

Mrs Banning is also the Pastoral Support Leader and supports families by signposting to relevant organisations and works alongside families. 

12. How will the school/setting prepare my child/young person to: i) Join the school/setting?

Throughout transition into and out of Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, the SENCOs and class teachers work closely with the child, parents, outside agencies and the school sending or receiving the child with special educational needs. In some instances, additional visits are planned to help children to settle into their new setting. 


ii) Transfer between phases of education (e.g. early years to primary, primary to secondary etc)?

Throughout transition into and out of Radcliffe on Trent Junior School, the SENCOs and class teachers work closely with the child, parents, outside agencies and the school sending or receiving the child with SEND. Individual transition plans are in place for some children transferring between key stages. 


iii) Prepare for adulthood and independent living?

We endeavour to support children who have SEND to become confident and independent people who are aware of their strengths and abilities.


13. Where can I access further information?

The local authority’s local offer provides information about the services and provision that are available to families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This can be accessed at:


SEN Information Last Updated On: 24/10/2020
Record Last Updated On: 24/10/2020

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