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Special Educational Needs

Some children may experience difficulty with their learning at some point during their time in school. This may be a short term or longer lasting difficulty. This is identified if a child: finds it significantly more difficult to learn than the majority of children of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the Local Authority.

The designated Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator is: Mrs Wilson.

We are committed to ensuring that every child is offered full access to a broad, balanced and relevant education, including an appropriate curriculum for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. 

Our commitment to the “unique child” in terms of development, inclusion, safety and well-being moves the identification of need away from the “special” category into the belief of fostering positive outcomes for all our children. We aim to be a school with a nurturing ethos which supports children and their families.

We have highly trained teachers and teaching assistants who can help and support children who are experiencing any difficulties and Mrs Wilson coordinates this work across the whole school. If we feel that your child is experiencing particular difficulties we will, of course, talk to you about this so that you are aware of what we are doing to support your child and can help with this at home.

 
Roles & Responsibilities of the Special Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Our SENDCO is responsible for the operation of the Disabilities and Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEND. We liaise with staff to monitor the child’s progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected. We regularly have contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice. If you have any concerns regarding SEND matters do not hesitate to contact us.
Mrs Wilson

SENDCo

How we support pupils with Individual or Special Needs
 
If a class teacher feels that a pupil requires support or input that is more than what is provided within the classroom then they should discuss their concerns with the parents. Actions may be agreed as part of that discussion, and it may be useful to set up a review date to discuss progress made and any possible next steps. At this stage, if there is a clear, identified need that has not been addressed through the actions agreed, the pupil may be put on the Record of Need and outside agency involvement discussed.

Mrs Wilson, as SENDCo, will also become part of the process at this point.

We hope to support parents and pupils through this process, explaining each step as it happens, and providing resources and support materials, if requested.

Individual Education Plans (IEP’s)

An IEP is a supporting document that should contain between one and three targets that are designed to help pupils make progress. They might relate to literacy or numeracy, to behaviour or to a physical or social need. All targets are set with the intention of helping a pupil to move on to the next stage and removing barriers to their learning.

As SENDCo, Mrs Wilson will work alongside class teachers, pupils and parents to review IEP's termly for all pupils on the record of need. We have a termly SEN Parent Consultation where we can meet to discuss progress and any concerns you may have.
 
How you can help to support your child

You know your child the best. If there are certain ways in which we can do things that will further support your child, do let us know. There are set SEN Parent Consultations every term, but teachers are always happy to meet with parents.

School life is very busy, so we do ask that you make an appointment to see your child's teacher via the office.
 
In addition to this, we have added a range of services below which may be of help to you. If you would like to discuss any of these services further, we are happy to support, or alternatively you can contact them directly. 

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