Anna Whannell


If you would like to contact me, please arrange this via the school office (01304 830312)' your child’s class teacher or via email I am usually available at Sibertswold school on Tuesdays and Fridays.

As SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and disabilities Co-ordinator) my responsibilities lie with pupils who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need (SEN) or disability.  When a pupil is identified as having a SEN they will be entered onto our SEN Register, this ensures their additional provision can be monitored and reviewed regularly. Along with monitoring provision and tracking pupils progress, I support Class Teachers to ensure that strategies are in place to enable these pupils to progress and reach their full potential.  Sometimes it is necessary to involve specialist help in either identifying or supporting pupils, whose needs, despite the consistent and thorough support offered by the school, continue to make little or no progress over a sustained period of time.  

Within my role I liaise with outside agencies and talk about children’s learning needs and how we can best support pupils in school.  Support could be either by introducing effective teaching approaches specific to the level and area of identified need, appropriate equipment, strategies and interventions.  Throughout all of these processes I work with and support parents of pupils with SEN, to ensure that they are aware of targeted provisions and support offered by the school, the work of external agencies involved with their child, and where necessary deciding on the next steps that we will take together, to ensure that their child makes great progress.

As well as supporting children with SEN I oversee support for children with other additional needs, which might include children who require short term intervention, support from outside agencies or have other potential barriers to learning, such as speaking another language, medical needs or physical needs.

COVID 19 – LOCKDOWN January 2021

Another lockdown is challenging for all of use but especially for children with additional needs and for their parents.  As a school we will do all we can to support your child and where possible, we will invite any vulnerable learnings to join key worker children in school.  If you are unsure if your child meets the criteria but feel they need to be in for the learning or emotional needs, please contact either myself or Mr Lamb to discuss.

Where your child is at home, we will attempt to support them as we would at school.  In some case this might be addition 1:1 or small group zoom sessions, differentiated work & links to useful websites.  For children who are used to seeing me for 1:1 sessions in school for academic or well-being support, I will offer them weekly 1:1 zoom sessions or a phone call.  I will also call any parents who would like support on a regular basis. 

I work across both schools in the federation but can be contacted by email on any week day.

We also have the following remote intervention offer:


Phonicsplay has lots of useful games for each phase of teaching phonics.  You can currently access this for free with the username: jan21 and password: home

Maths has lots of useful games for different ages and abilities.  Games such as are good as you can choose the operation and level. 

Timestable Rockstars - again, school have paid for a subscription that you can access at home.  It is highly motivation for children as they earn coins which they can then spend in the shop to update their avatars!  If you don’t have your child’s log on details, please contact their teacher or Mr Lamb.

Alternative means of recording in all subjects

Clicker 8 is useful for all children but especially those who struggle to write or type well due to language, fine motor or dyslexia difficulties.  They could use this to produce some of their home learning tasks. As a school we paid for a 3year subscription which included a unique home log in for each child to use on a laptop, computer or Ipad.  If you have mislaid this please let me know and I will send you your details. 

Touch typing

The children who have touch typing sessions in school use ‘Dance mats’ on so this can also be accessed at home.  It is fun (& a bit silly!) so the children generally love it and can work through the levels at their own pace.


If you run out of reading books there are lots of options on line including: (Dyslexia focus)

Stile books – some children use this system as a reading and comprehension intervention at school.  The children read a passage then use numbered counters in a grid to answer their questions, when they finish they flip the grid over and see if the pattern matches the book! It’s a nice multi-sensory way to read and means children can check their answers independently.  If you would like to arrange to borrow a STILE set please call or email me.

Clever Hands

This is a fine motor intervention recommended by occupation therapy.  Here’s is the link to the sheets, many of the activities you would be able to do using things you already have at home:


as above but with a focus on gross motor skills.

Sensory Circuits

There is information about what sensory circuits is on the ‘intervention’ tab.  There are lots of useful videos on how to create a sensory circuit at home on youtube such as:

Speech and Language

As a school we subscribe to speechlink for assessments and interventions for developing speech sounds and support language development.  There is a parent section that you can use at home:


Playing board games will help develop social skills; playing with adults or siblings allows the chance to model taking turns and being a good sportsman when it comes to winning and losing!  If you have a few Lego bricks, you could print off the board game that we use in school from the maths shed (just scroll down until you see it):

We also use Lego Therapy in school, you can replicate this at home by using a Lego kit.  You take it in turns to be the ‘engineer’ (the only person who see the instructions) & the ‘builder’ who has to listen to the engineer to know what to do!


In school we use a DVD called ‘Transporters’ as a way to help children with Autism to recognise different emotions.  After each episode there is an interactive quiz.  Although the quiz isn’t available, the episodes could still be useful and are on youtube. Each episode focus on a different emotion & uses vehicles as the characters:

In all year groups we also use ‘The Colour Monster’ to help children express how they are feeling using different colours.  Here is a link to the story:

If you subscribe to Disney plus, have a look for ‘Zenimation’ which are videos designed to help children be calm and relax. Netflix also has a similar ‘guide to meditation’ and lots of children enjoy ‘Cosmic Kids Yoga’ on Youtube.

The most important factor to consider for all children is their emotional well-being.  Below are some useful links:

The School Health Team are ways of support schools and families.  They have provided these short videos designed to help parents to support their children with Resilience. Each video also has ‘Top Tips’  

Kooth at is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people.  Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day. When students register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards.  All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated. To find out more visit  where young people can register and others can find out more about the service. You can also view a short video about the service at: