How does the school know if my child needs extra help?
We have a number of methods to help us identify if a child needs extra help. These include:
- Information from your child’s pre-school or previous school.
- Parent/carer meetings with Reception teacher in the summer term prior to your child starting.
- Discussions between staff and parents/carers at nursery afternoons/open evenings.
- Home visit by class teacher when starting at the beginning of the Reception year if appropriate.
- Information from other services who have worked with your child, for example a speech and language therapist.
This information will be used to ensure that we meet any additional needs your child may have. Once your child is in school we will monitor their progress and development. If we have concerns we may ask other professionals to give advice and support.
If you think your child may be having difficulties with their learning talk to your child’s class-teacher. Your concerns will always be taken seriously, as your views are very important to us.
How will school staff support my child?
- Your child’s needs will be met within the class, supported by high quality teaching, including lesson planning that takes account of the needs of each child.
- The progress of all children is reviewed on a regular basis.
- The class teacher will develop a plan for your child with the Special Needs Co-ordinator, setting appropriate targets. This will be reviewed twice a year to ensure that support remains appropriate.
- Where necessary an individual programme of support will be used and progress monitored.
- Where necessary the school may seek support from outside services. This will be discussed with you and a referral made with your permission.
- The governing body is responsible for ensuring that funding is used appropriately, and for monitoring teaching and accessibility. There is a designated SEN Governor who works with the Special Needs Co-ordinator.
How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
- Lessons are pitched appropriately so that all children can learn and progress.
- Teachers take account of the needs of the individual child and plan different tasks and materials appropriately.
- Tracking and assessment enables each class teacher to analyse the progress of the child.
- Pupil progress meetings are held three times a year with the Head Teacher who is also the Special Needs Co-ordinator and class teacher to discuss suitable teaching programmes for each child.
- Reviews of learning targets for your child are reviewed frequently with the Special Needs Co-ordinator and class teacher and new programmes or support is organised as necessary, leading to personalised learning.
- Children work in a variety of groupings, such as small supported groups, 1:1, mixed ability and similar ability groups.