Special Educational Needs (SEND)

Welcome to our SEND page. All the information you need on SEND at Willow Tree Primary School can be found on this page.  If you require further information please call the school office on 0151-477-8190 to book an appointment with the school SENCO Miss K Duck or School Principal: Mrs E Dilworth.

Inclusion at Willow Tree Primary School

We believe that all pupils, regardless of their needs should be able to access a broad and balanced curriculum, and reach their full learning potential at our school. We closely monitor how all of our children are progressing both academically, socially and emotionally, but are particularly keen to ensure that children with special needs or who are vulnerable are well-supported.

Arrangements For The Admission Of Pupils With Disabilities

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 defines a disabled person as one who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a persons ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Most children with Special Needs will not be disabled within the meaning of the Act. The admission of pupils with disabilities is considered in the first instance in the same way as non-disabled pupils. Further considerations are made in the light of need and accessibility. It is the Governors Policy to accommodate pupils with disabilities should parents wish and individual needs are planned for to prevent any pupils being treated less favourably than other pupils. In practice we ensure that classroom and extra curricular activities encourage the participation of all pupils, including those categorised as having Special Educational Needs. Staff organise human and physical resources within the school to increase access to learning and participation by all pupils.

Existing facilities provided to assist access to the school by pupils with disabilities:

  • Wheelchair access onto school grounds at the main entrance
  • Wheelchair access into the school at all entrances, and all rooms
  • Carpeted classrooms to aid hearing impaired pupils’ learning.
  •  Exterior lighting to improve evening access
  • Routes to the main entrance are clearly signed and free from obstructions.
  • Two children’s disabled toilets (from September 2014) and one adult disabled toilet.
  • Disabled parking is available at the main entrance

Accessibility Plan

The school is addressing access for people with disabilities. Please see our Accessibility Policy to see our plan. The plan covers increasing the access to the curriculum, the physical environment and improving the provision of information in alternative formats to pupils with disabilities. This is available on our Policies page.

The Local Offer

The SEND Local offer offers information to parents, in a single place, which helps them to understand what services they and their family can expect from a range of local agencies including the statutory entitlements. Please click on the link below and you will find information about national and local services and organisations which can offer support to families in Knowlsey. There are also details of clubs, groups and activities, especially for children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEN).

SEND Code of Practice

Click here to see the SEND code of Practice published by the DfE.

SEND Information and Policy

Click on the links below to see Willow Trees SEND Documentation


Parent Support

The following organisations provide support for parents of children with SEND

Liverpool & Knowsley SEND IASS (Special Educational Needs and/or
Disabilities, Information, Advice & Support Service)

Tel: 0800 012 9066

Option 2 for Knowsley

Stoneycroft Children’s Centre
38 Scotia Road
L13 6QJ

Liverpool & Knowsley SEND IASS (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, Information, Advice & Support Service) | Knowsley Family Information Service (



Knowsley Parent Carer Voice

Tel: 07376 233141

C/o Knowsley CCG Ebony Way
Liverpool L33 1XT

Knowsley Parent Carers Voice (KPCV) | Knowsley Family Information Service (


ADDvanced Solutions

ADDvanced Solutions Community Network aims to improve the emotional health
and wellbeing of families living with neurodevelopmental conditions, learning
difficulties and associated mental health needs through a social model of learning
and support; engaging, educating, encouraging, equipping and empowering
families to better recognise, understand and meet their own needs and those of
the their family, building resilience to help them manage everyday challenges
whilst increasing participation and reducing social isolation.

Community Network | ADDvanced Solutions Community Network


Isabella Trust
The Isabella Trust is a registered charity which aims to provide information, support,
training, courses and workshops to parents and carers of autistic children and
children who experience sensory processing difficulties.

Tel: 07956 749774



The ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity is an
integrated health and education service offering a unique
lifespan – strength-based service, for the 1 in 5 people who
live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia
and Tourette’s syndrome.


Sensory Hive


Support families with the best possible guidance and information. Bring families
together in local groups and online, to support each other by sharing experiences
and advice. And we help families to campaign, volunteer, fundraise and shape local
services to improve life for themselves and others.

IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to
help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special
educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND
legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.
Tel: 01799 582030