A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, a child may be having problems with reading, number work or behaviour, which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.
How does the school know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
Types of special education needs can include:
- General Learning Difficulties – children whose learning progresses at a slower pace ?
- Speech and Language Difficulties ?
- Behavioural Difficulties ?
- Dyslexia (difficulties with reading, writing and spelling) ?
- Dyspraxia (problems with motor skills, organisation) ?
- Dyscalculia (difficulties with number work) ?
- Autism ?
- ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) ?
- Downs Syndrome ?
- Cerebral Palsy ?
- Other Physical/Medical Needs
- Key Stage 1 staff and the SENCO where necessary, liaise with Nursery or the child’s previous school.
- On entry into Early Years, we assess the children using the Speech and Language Link programme as this can be an early indicator of a child experiencing difficulties.
- If a child is performing below age expected levels then meetings will be held with the class teacher and SENCO. Observations of the child may also take place.
- SEND is discussed at each staff meeting so that all staff can contribute to the identification process. We have regular parent meetings and take into account any concerns raised by Parents. We pride ourselves on having an ‘open door policy’ where at any point parents can talk to staff. Concerns raised by teacher for example behaviour or self-esteem is affecting performance.
- Liaison with external agencies we work closely with Movement Support, Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, CAMHS, Educational Psychology, The School Nurse, Behaviour Support, PSA
- Health diagnosis through paediatrician
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.