Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Teachers plan work for children to suit their particular learning needs. If there is a concern about a child’s progress, or a child has particular difficulties that require additional support, he or she may be placed on the special needs register. Children may be placed at different stages on the register, according to the severity of their needs.
Any child who is placed on the Special Needs Register will have an Individual Education Plan written and this will be shared with parents. Some children may have individual programmes for behaviour management.
Children who show language delay, hearing loss or visual impairment, or who otherwise give cause for concern, will be referred to our Inclusion Manager. In certain circumstances, there will be a multi- professional assessment to enable the proper resources to be directed towards the child’s particular needs. This usually involves a medical report, and a report by an educational psychologist, or possibly a speech therapist, depending on the nature of the need. The school would also contribute to this assessment.
The local authority may approve a statement of special educational need and provide extra funds for us to develop an appropriate programme to enable the child to access the curriculum as fully as possible. In very special circumstances, a child may be awarded extra teaching time for which the local authority pays.
We buy in the services of a speech and language therapist one day a week.
English as an additional language (EAL)
We celebrate and enjoy the rich variety of languages that are spoken in our school. Children who have English as an Additional Language are given every opportunity to develop their English in the classroom. Their acquisition of English is carefully monitored. Where necessary, individual targets may be developed to support children’s learning.
Gifted and Talented (G&T) provision
We also make provision for our more able learners (often referred to as Gifted and Talented or G&T for short) through differentiated planning by class teachers, specialist support in school from a teaching assistant who works with groups and through enrichment opportunities such as sports and musical events outside school and science workshops within school.
Child Protection and Looked after children
The Inclusion Manager, deputy headteacher and Headteacher are all responsible for ensuring that if there are any concerns regarding children’s welfare either in or out of school that they are dealt with appropriately and sensitively. Our children’s welfare always comes first and we take any disclosures extremely seriously. We will involve outside agencies such as social services and the police where necessary.
Any children that are in public care (or “looked after”) have their own Personal Education Plan (PEP) which sets out targets to make their time at school as productive and harmonious as possible.