Special Educational Needs & Disabilities 



My name is Karen White and I am the school's SENCo - the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator. I received the NASENCO award 2021 / 2022 (National Award Special Educational Needs Co Ordinator).


As SENCo, it is my job to:

- oversee the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN policy

- support the identification of children with special educational needs

- co-ordinate provision for children with SEN; liaise with parents of children with SEN

- liaise with other providers, outside agencies, and external agencies (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, GPs, etc.)

- ensure that the school keeps the records of all pupils with SEN up to date 

- guarantee that the school’s attitude to inclusion is of paramount importance and the status of SEND in the school is always a priority on any agenda


If you would like to speak with me about anything then please do so in any number of the following ways:

- make an appointment with me or ask the office and I will get back to you

- call the school on 020 7624 0348 and the office will either put you through to me or I will ensure that I call you back

- email me using 


Statement of Intent

We believe that all children should be supported and inspired to achieve their very best. We fully support all children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), in line with the SEN Code of Practice and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014. Carlton Vale Infants prides itself in being an inclusive school and we endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All children follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times, when it is appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be made.

At Carlton Vale Infants we:

  • Provide quality first teaching.

  • Ensure teaching and support staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all children.

  • Work in partnership with parents/carers and relevant external agencies in order to meet the needs of children.

  • Identify at the earliest opportunity, children that need support, whether educational, social, physical or emotional.

  • Provide programmes of intervention tailored to children’s needs.

  • Ensure that children with SEND are fully included in all school activities.

  • Promote self-worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.

  • Give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.