Inclusion at Elm Grove

Here at Elm Grove Primary, it is our belief that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, disabilities, attainment and background. As our vision statement outlines:

“Everyone Included. Everyone Valued. Learning & Thriving Together.” 

Meet the Team

Carla Kemp, SENDCo

I am a qualified special educational needs and disabilities coordinator across the whole school and ensure that the SEND code of Practice (2015) is fully integrated across all aspects of school life. This means that for any children who have any additional needs, I ensure that they receive the support needed to meet their needs as much as possible whilst at school. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher, who has also taught across both key stages including Reception.


Tammy Bowles, Inclusion Mentor

Communication champion for the school, Speech and Language lead Mentor, Attendance Monitor, First Aider, Makaton trained, Just Right trained, and longstanding member of the staff team at Elm Grove school.



Sam Barfoot, Inclusion Mentor 

Attachment Lead in the school and passionate about empowering children’s voices, has worked with children with complex needs for many years, Just Right trained, has a therapeutic training background and supports children using these skills and experience.


Sadie Mockford, Inclusion TA

Sadie is an enthusiastic, caring member of the Inclusion Team who helps to support children throughout the school in her role. Sadie runs intervention groups including social skills groups, speech and language sessions as well as supporting positive happy playtimes and lunchtimes.



Autism Acceptance Week is coming up next week from Monday 28th March. Pupils will be learning more about this during their PSHE lessons that week. Watch this video ‘Amazing Things Happen’ from the National Autistic Society:

Emotion Coaching

Come and find out about Emotion Coaching! This is an approach we are learning about in school to help children to understand

the different emotions they experience, why they occur and how to handle them.

Research (Gottman 1997) has found that Emotion Coached children and young people:

  • Achieve more academically in school
  • Are more popular
  • Have fewer behavioural problems
  • Have fewer infectious illnesses
  • Are more emotionally stable
  • Are more resilient.

There will be a 40 minute Teams presentation introducing Emotion Coaching delivered by Hilary Smith (Educational Psychologist) and Carla Kemp (SENDCo) on Tuesday 1st March 2022: 3.30 pm to 4.30 pm (at latest).  This will be repeated on 3rd March at 1:15 – 2:15 pm (at latest) for those unable to make the first presentation.

For those parents/carers who are interested and are able to, there will be an opportunity to be part of a small group who meet to explore Emotion Coaching further, ask questions, share ideas, problem solve and to support each other in using Emotion Coaching.  The group will be run in school for x5 sessions and Hilary will facilitate the sessions on a Wednesday morning after school-drop off starting On Weds 9th March.

Please email Carla Kemp on: if you’d like to attend one of the online introductory sessions.

Find out about what our staff do and all about ‘The Nest’

BHCC ‘Local Offer’

Brighton and Hove City Council offer support for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities, and their families. We call this our Local Offer.

for families with disabled children and young people in Sussex - AmazeAmaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. We also support young people with SEND up to 25.
Amaze is an independent charity whose work with parent carers and young people is funded from a variety of sources: local authorities, central government, health services, trusts and foundations, businesses, public donations and from fundraising events such as the Brighton Marathon and our annual Big Cheer comedy night.
We provide a range of different information, advice and support services to parent carers and also direct to children and young people with SEND, depending on where you live in Sussex. To contact amaze you can call them on: 01273 772289 or follow this link to their website. (

Assistive Support Technology used in Key Stage 2

Identified children in Key Stage 2 have access to a range of Literacy Support programs on Chromebooks to help support their literacy development. These programs are research-based and approved programs that come highly recommended from our Literacy Support Specialist who works in school. The main programs we use are: Wordshark, Clicker, Clicker Write and Nessy

We have recently subscribed to Nessy to further improve our provision in school. This video explains the Nessy Philosophy:

Please click the picture to access the Nessy website to learn more about the company, program and philosophy behind the program.