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SEND and medical needs

As a school we are part of the First Federation Trust.  The First Federation schools aim to be fully inclusive school communities and to involve all members of the community in decision-making and policy development.  We regard staff, parents and pupils as undertaking a joint enterprise to make learning exciting and positive for all of us.  We are all members of a team working cooperatively to this end.  The expertise of parents and carers is highly valued.


More details about our provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities, as well as children with special medical needs, including the Trust's approach, policies, what Devon offers and other useful information is available on the First Federation website here.

Newton Ferrers SEND Information Report 2023-24

Devon Public Health Nursing Service (School Nursing) in Primary Schools


YOUR SCHOOL NURSE TEAM can be contacted at:

Southern Public Health Nursing HUB (South Hams, Teignbridge and Tavistock)

 0333 234 1901

If you would like advice from a School Nurse, want to make or change an appointment, or would like to make a referral for your child to the School Nursing Team - please contact the HUB on the number above.

You can also text for information or advice via ChatHealth on 07520 631 721

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This is provided via:


-  A referral system so parents, carers, young people and professionals can request  

   support from the School Nurse team/service

-  Confidential clinic appointments (book via PHN hub)

-  Phone advice and support (PHN hub contact details below)

-  Text advice and support (via ChatHealth, details below)


As a parent you can talk to the School Nurse about any health concerns for your child which may include:


  • Healthy lifestyle choices - including healthy eating and physical activity
  • Worries about your child’s physical and mental health       
  • Body shape or size                                                    
  • Stress at school or at home                                    
  • Management of a health condition                            
  • Keeping safe
  • Friendships and bullying                                             
  • Sleep                    
  • Bladder and bowel issues (toileting advice)


When we work with families, confidentiality and information sharing will be discussed with you. If there is a concern that someone may be suffering, or is at risk of significant harm information is shared following safeguarding procedures.


Your School Nurse team works within schools and the wider community to:

-  Provide health advice to help children and young people make the best of their education

-  Provide advice and support to parent/carers and schools

-  Support young people to look after their own health

-  Direct children and their families to the right services.

-  Undertake review of growth as part of National Child Measurement programme (Reception and Year 6).

- Identify health needs and trends at a community level to inform current and future services and allocation of resources.