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What is SEND?


SEND stands for Special Educational Needs or Disability. Children and families with SEND are entitled to specialist provision and services.


For more information on the new SEND reforms see the Children and Family Act and statutory guidance on SEND in England and Wales can be found in the national SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years.


SEND at Pen Green


At Pen Green we celebrate all children and families. We embrace diversity and recognise the rich contribution of each unique child. We believe that children and families need person-centred services which promote full social participation, enabling everybody to maximise their health, well-being and life chances.


We do not use deficit models of what children cannot do - we focus on their achievements.


  • We believe that every child and adult has something unique that they bring to the centre
  • We value their contribution and aim to nurture and develop each individual
  • We respect, value and celebrate our differences
  • We support each child’s well-being, self image and confidence in their abilities to learn and achieve
  • We recognise that we all learn from each other
  • Everyone has a fundamental right to a fair and equal education


Inclusive Practice and Equality of Access


Pen Green are on a journey to becoming an fully inclusive centre with equality of access. To achieve this, our staff are breaking down the barriers families face when accessing services or asking for help. We are pro-actively seeking the children and their families with special rights, not waiting for them to come to us. Our goal is to work with all children and families with SEND in Corby.


Northamptonshire Local Offer


The Local Offer publishes services available for children and young people (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.


What does the Local Offer do?


  • improves choice and transparency for families
  • helps professionals to understand the range of services and provision available locally
  • improves joint commissioning arrangements for services by setting out in a single place what is available locally.


Please click here for The Local Offer website


Pen Green Local Offer


  • Parent support group that has run at the centre for over 30 years
  • ‘Let’s Play Together’ group for children and their families
  • Group for premature babies
  • Hope Project
  • Trips and activities for families throughout the summer holidays
  • Inclusive Summer Playscheme – Aiming Higher
  • Weekend events for  children with SEND and their families
  • Specialist provision in the centre:  Soft room, Snoezelen, Water therapy room, Discovery area and the Beach.  We have access to forest school off-site
  • Counselling
  • Volunteer Service
  • IPSEA training for staff
  • Portage accreditation for staff
  • Makaton training for staff, parents and volunteers


For information on SEND in our nursery and early years provision, please click here.

For information on SEND groupwork and family support, please click here.

Northamptonshire County Council - 20/20 Vision

Northamptonshire County Council are currently developing a strategy for the delivery of services and support for children with SEND from 2017-2020. Families are encouraged to share their views and experiences to help shape the vision.


Governing Body's SEND Report


Please click below to read the governing body's SEND report for July 2014 - July 2015.

What to do if I think my child has SEND


For more information about steps to take if you think your child has special educational needs or disability please download the Pen Green Local Offer.

Pen Green SEND Team


Annette Cummings - SENDCo


As the Pen Green SEND coordinator (SENDCo) Annette is the lead practitioner for all of SEND support across the centre, including nursery and the Let's Play Together group on Friday mornings.



Amy Devine - SENDCo Support Worker


Amy supports all families with SEND across the centre, including nursery and group work.



Angela Prodger - Deputy Head of Centre (2-5years)


Angela is the lead for the nursery provision. She also supports the Let's Play Together group on Friday afternoon.



Michele Duffy - SENDCo for 0-3 Provision  

Michele takes a lead on SEND work throughout our 0-3 provision and also at Kingswood Community Nursery.



Sandra Mole - Community Development/Parent Participation Worker


This role includes supporting parent participation and advocacy.



Joanne Armstrong - SEND Governor/Volunteer


Joanne is the SEND governor, runs the Hope Project and volunteers at the Let’s Play Together groups.



Lorraine Mitchell - Volunteer


Lorraine supports several groups at Pen Green including Parents of Children with Additional Needs group.








The Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families offers outstanding integrated early years services and education for the families of Corby.