Dear Parents, Guardians, Carers,

This letter is to introduce myself and explain my role.

My name is Sarah Gentle. I have been appointed from April to the Cluster SEN host role. This means I am working with all eight schools in the cluster to assess how we look after our children and young people with SEN. My job is to look at ways we can improve shared working for the benefit of both children and staff and support staff, governors, parents and children through the changes to SEN starting in September this year. I hope to build on the excellent SEN work the schools are already doing both individually and as a cluster.

My background is as a SENCo in four different settings, more recently across the bases that made up the Short Stay School for Norfolk (the old pupil referral units working with excluded pupils). I have worked with Keystages 1 to 4 over the course of my career. I also work independently as a Specialist Teacher and Advanced SENCo, so I may have already met some of you in those roles.

I have one day a fortnight allocated to this role, which I recognise as challenging, given the potential scope of the job.

My contact details are:

Acle St Edmund Primary where I am based; tel. 01493 750322


With Best Wishes,

Sarah Gentle



On this page you will find links to other organisations that you may find useful*.

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Norfolk County Council Children’s Services

Children’s Services is responsible for early years and childcare, support to schools and services for children and young people with additional educational needs, child protection, children and young people in care, fostering and adoption, positive activities for young people and integrated youth services.   Click on the above link to access information and contact numbers.

Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Nelson’s Journey

Nelson’s Journey is a charity dedicated to supporting bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk.

Based in Norwich, we were founded in 1997, since which time we have helped over 1500 children between the age of 0 to 17, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life e.g. parent or sibling.

The Benjamin Foundation

The Benjamin Foundation was founded in 1994 and exists to help people in Norfolk deal with many of the challenges that life throws at them; whether ‘everyday’ issues such as childcare or heartbreaking problems like abuse and homelessness.

Norfolk Constabulary

Broadland District Council

Holiday Playscheme Finder

100’s of fantastic children’s activities for the school holidays – right on your doorstep.

Broadland District Council School Holiday Schemes

Broadland District Council’s Tots2Teens run holiday activities for children aged five years upwards during all school holidays. Activities are held throughout the Broadland District from Reedham to Reepham and the fringe parishes of Hellesdon and Thorpe St Andrew.

Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity that has over three decades of experience in helping parents deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. We know that many people play active roles in the raising of children within any family, from Dads, Grandparents, stepparents and non-resident parents. Our role is to support all of you to achieve the best relationship possible with the children that you care about.

We recognise that the best way to support families is to provide FREE professional, non-judgmental support and advice in a way that all members of the family can access. We therefore provide a 24 hour helpline, a really useful website, message boards, email service, live chat and parenting/relationship support groups – the great news is that all of the services are FREE and you can contact us 24/7 365 days a year.

The Matthew Project

Specialist Young Person’s Alcohol Service. Outreach, educational and one to one sessions in schools, youth clubs and other venues. To book a session use above link or the 24/7 helpline 0800 764754.

Childminding Matters

We’re here to help CHILDMINDERS and PARENTS Offering support and advice for parents in Norfolk is part of our role. Whatever your query our staff should be able to find out the answer. We deliver Training to Childminders throughout the county. Information and support is freely available from our office and county-wide staff. Conact us if you want to become a childminder. 

Norfolk Parenting Partnership

Helping parents and carers of children with special educational needs.

Contact a Family

For families with disabled children. Information, support, advice, networking and contact visit.

The Hamlet Centre Trust

Provides recreational, educational, social and vocational opportunities for all children with complex health and special needs.

Norfolk and Norwich Families’ House

Family support, parent groups, volunteer befriending scheme.


For people with cerebral palsy. working with disabled people, their families and carers.

Asperger East Anglia

A support group for childrn aged 5 to 13 years old and their families. A wide range of activities are available, plus information, choosing a school, disability living allowance and much more.


OPEN in Norwich has a vast range of facilities and activities to offer young people aged 12 to 25 including under 18 nightclub, climbing wall, recording studio, live venue, dance studio, cafe, health centre, guidnace, media lab, gaming area.

Parent TV

Parenting UK have set up a free online TV service offreing advice, support and information for parents of 5 to 19 year olds. It includes expert advice, parents comments and children’s views on a wide range of subjects. 3 categories are offered which are behaviour, learning and wellbeing.

Counselling Directory

Search for a counsellor or psychotherapist in your area. If you’re in need of support search our network to be connected with a professional counsellor or pyschotherapist appropriate to your needs.

Family Voice

A group of parents who join together to work with the authorities to improve services and support for children with additional needs in all areas including education, caring and health. Free membership. Contact on 07950 302937 or email

Ormiston – making young lives better

An innovative service to support young people and their parents. Parenting programmes, one to one support, family support, group work, signposting, home based support, therapeutic group work, training for professionals. Contact 07825 445876 or email

National Autistic Society

The UK’s leading charity providing support and information for people with autism or Aspergers and their families. For more information use website link or call 0808 800 4104

Mencap – the voice of learning disability

use website link or call 0808 808 1111

Norfolk Disabled Parents’ Alliance

Information network run by disabled parents in Norfolk. Offering choice, support, equality and information. Call 07852 598954 or email .

Norfolk Register of Disabled Children and Young People

Keep up to date with information, news and events for children and young people with disabilities and their families. Including short break services. For more information use website link or call 01603 714185.

Family Fund

Grants to families raising disabled and seriously ill children aged 17 and under. For more information use website link, call 0844 974 4099 or email

Autism Anglia

Providing information, advice and guidance to people with autism and their families. Use website link, or call 01362 853753 or email


Provides a variety of high quality services for children, adults and families with a wide range of specialist care needs, including homes and holidays. Call 01263 822161 or email or use website link

Indigo Dyslexia Centre

If dyslexia is mentioned then we are here to help. Screening, assessments, resources, training and information. Use website link, call 01603 766761 or email

Scope Inclusion Norfolk

Individual support for children and young people with complex needs to access a range of leisure activities in the community. Use website link, call 01603 415867 or email

Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People

Independent living Norfolk – equality, dignity and human rights. Do it your way! Call 01508 491222, email or use website link above.

Excellence East

Excellence East works with young people, parents/carers and the whole family to support the young person who is or has the potential to be a high ability learner. Use website link.

Tomorrow’s Achievers

Masterclasses for exceptionally able children, plus information for parents. Help with costs is available. Use website link.

Premier Sport

Premier Sport is a children’s coaching company which specialises in sports teaching and instruction in curriculum time, as well as after school, breakfast, lunch and holiday clubs.

National Association of Gifted Children

Member organisation supporting parents of gifted children and providing some acitivities for children. Call 0870 770 3219 or use the website link above.

*The links above may take you to external websites and documents. Links are provided for your convenience, and inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement or approval of the linked website, its operator or its content, and we are not responsible for the content of any linked website.