SEN Local Offer



SEN at Portland

All Portland pupils have statements for Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH). Some pupils also have additional needs mentioned on their EHCP.


As a Specialist Provision for pupils with SEMH, Portland School provide a core SEN offer to support development in this area.  This includes:

  • Daily access to breakfast provision through Magic Breakfast
  • Attachment and Trauma informed practise
  • Daily check in to identify emotions / feelings
  • Daily opportunities to practise self-regulation techniques
  • Consistent classroom staff
  • Small group setting
  • An adapted, hands on, creative curriculum, which chunks learning into manageable sections
  • Clear structure and routine in place
  • Time-out accessible when needed
  • Short term 1:1 support as needed
  • Choices maps and cycles used with pupils to explore alternative choices/options
  • Staff trained in verbal de-escalation skills
  • Staff trained in emotion coaching
  • Therapeutic interventions to support: low self-esteem, staying focussed, appropriate response and behaviour, independence, anxiety, appropriate/safe touch
  • 'Time to talk' with a safe adult
  • Safe zones identified within the classroom or area
  • Sensory boxes to aid self-regulation
  • Visual prompts, schedules and work stations
  • Positive behaviour reward system

We are compliant with the following:

  • Section 69(2) of the Children and Families Act 2014
  • Regulation 51 and schedule 1 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014

 As part of our SEN offer, we also provide courses and support for our parents.  These include:

  • SPARKLES Programme
  • Therapeutic Parenting (Healing Attachment & Trauma)
  • Attachment Training
  • Providing Positive Behaviour Reward Charts
  • Self-regulation strategies
  • Relaxation & Mindfulness

For all SEN queries contact Miss Burgess on 01782 88 2020 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Portland SEN Information Report pdf


Stoke on Trent Local Offer.

Stoke on Trent Council has to produce a Local Offer for parents and carers of children with Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND). The purpose of the Local Offer is to `offer' information for parents and young people, in a single place, which helps them to understand what services they and their family can expect from a range of local agencies.

Please click here to visit the Stoke-on-Trent Local Offer Home Page

Please click here to visit the Stoke-on-Trent Local Offer Portland Page

The Children and Families Act (2014) has introduced a new approach to the way children, young people and their families are supported. The Local Offer will bring together information from education, health and social care about Special Educational Needs and Disability all into one place explaining:

  • what the law says they may be entitled to;
  • what is available for their child from early years settings, schools (including Academies and Free Schools), colleges and other services, 
  • What is available from education, health and social care.

It covers children and young people from birth to 25.

The Stoke on Trent Local Offer continues to develop with contributions from parents, young people and professionals. You can contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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