How We Support SEN

Our SENCO closely monitors all provision and progress of any child requiring additional support across the school. The class teacher will oversee, plan and work with each child with SEND in their class to ensure that progress in every area is made.

There may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group, if this is seen as necessary by the class teacher. The regularity of these sessions will be explained to parents when the support starts.

If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.

What is Special Educational Provision?

Special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to or different from that made generally for others of the same age. This means provision that goes beyond the differentiated approaches and learning arrangements normally provided as part of high quality, personalised teaching. It may take the form of additional support from within a setting or require involvement of specialist staff or support services.

Our School has a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs Atkinson, who is responsible for the management of provision and or support for identified pupils with SEND. She supports teachers and other staff to enable them to provide appropriate assessment and focussed provision for children in their class with SEND. All teachers are teachers of SEND pupils and as such provide quality first teaching which takes account of the particular individual needs of pupils with SEND within the classroom.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had or are having?

We regularly invest time and money in training our staff to improve Quality First Teaching (QFT) for all children, to develop enhanced skills and knowledge to deliver Supported Planning Interventions and furthermore to provide specific individual support for children who require an Education Health and Care Plan. Our SENCO holds the National Award for SENCO and is a fully qualified and experienced teacher and regularly receives training in specific areas. All our teachers hold qualified teacher status and all our staff members receive regular training to best support our children with SEND, for example, in Dyslexia, Autism, Speech and Language needs.

How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

All work within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically this might mean that in a lesson there would be different levels of work set for the class, however on occasions this can be individually differentiated. The benefit of this type of differentiation is that all children can access a lesson and learn at their level.

How are resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

We ensure that all children who have Special Educational needs are met to the best of the school’s ability with the funds available. We will often allocate teaching Assistants who are funded by the SEN budget to deliver programmes designed to meet groups of children’s needs. The budget is allocated on a needs basis.