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Welcome to our Inclusion Page. We hope you will find all the information you need. If not, please feel free to pop into school and speak to one of the inclusion team members, or call 0191 4875628.

Larkspur Inclusion Team:

Mrs Margaret Liddle - Head Teacher and DSL

Mrs Claire Anderson - SENDco, Inclusion Lead and Deputy DSL

Mrs Jacqui Nesbitt - Family Liaison and Deputy DSL

Miss Carly Bowden - Family Liaison and Deputy DSL


In school, we have regular inclusion meetings to discuss any concerns or difficulties for individual children and plan how we can try to support or address these. We also plan our response to local issues that may impact on the children. 




                       Mrs Margaret Liddle                                        Mrs Claire Anderson



                        Mrs Jacqui Nesbitt                                         Miss Carly Bowden



Mrs Anderson is our SENDco and Inclusion Lead.


As part of the government’s reforms around special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and with the introduction of the new code of Practice in September 2014, local authorities are required to publish a local offer showing the support available to disabled children and young people and those with SEND and their families and carers.


Further information around Gateshead Council’s Local Offer can be found at:


The SEN Governor: Mrs Jean Suthren

Responsible for

  • Making sure that the necessary support is given for any child with SEND who attends Larkspur.

Mrs Suthren meets termly with Mrs Anderson (SENCO),  to discuss provision developments and how best to improve the provision in school for pupils with SEND. Mrs Anderon also reports back to governors each term.




Gateshead SENDIAS is a one stop shop for parents, carers and young people with SEND offering independent advice, information and support on SEND provision and processes. This includes providing an Independent Supporter, if you would like one. SENDIASS can help you to compile a contribution to a statutory assessment or voice any concerns you may have at school or college or about an assessment on your child for example. A link to their website can be found below:


Gateshead SENDIASS | Barnardo's (

Information about Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) at Larkspur Primary School can be found in the SEND Information Report.

Check out this great animation created by pupils at Larkspur to describe the importance of being able to fidget and chew in the classroom.  


The relationship between fidgeting, self-regulation, learning and pupil wellbeing is considered from the child and young person's perspective. Fidgeting behaviours can be driven by many factors - an understanding of the root cause and underlying dynamics are essential to identify ways to support pupils to self-regulate, focus and participate in school.

EAL - English as an Additional Language

The term EAL is used when referring to pupils where the mother language at home is not English. This policy sets out the School's aims, objectives and strategies with regard to meeting the needs and celebrating the skills of EAL pupils and helping them to achieve the highest possible standards.

Gifted and Talented

What does 'gifted and talented' mean?

'Gifted and talented' is a term used to describe children who have the potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected for their age.

'Gifted' refers to a child who has abilities in one or more academic subjects, such as English or maths. 'Talented' refers to a child who has skills in a practical area such as music, sport or art.

Should you have any queries regarding SEN provision at Larkspur Primary School please contact us on 0191 4875628

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