Policies and Information
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It is important that the needs of all children are recognised and met to the full. To do so we need to be aware that a minority of our children will have Special Educational Needs at both ends of the academic spectrum; needs which should be identified as soon as possible so that appropriate teaching and pastoral support can be provided where necessary.
Some children‟s special needs are short term, whereas others will require support for a longer period of time. At all times the school will provide a positive, caring and secure environment in which each child will be given the opportunity to reach their full potential. It may be the cast that differentiated work is required for this potential to be met.
Children with special educational needs (S.E.N.) are defined as those children who have a learning or behavioural difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
Despite the class teacher‟s support and differentiated planning some children have difficulty in learning. If this happens we will provide additional help and support. We will discuss this with parents and devise an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for the child. This will be reviewed termly by Mrs. Diver – our Inclusion Manager and the class teacher. Parents will be invited to this meeting but if they cannot attend a copy of the reviewed IEP and new IEP will be sent home and any comments will be welcomed. This is called “School Action”.
If, despite this help, we are still concerned that a child is not making progress we will increase the help that is given to a child. We will do this if we feel that a child is falling significantly behind the rest of the class and we do not feel that we have sufficient expertise in school to plan appropriate curriculum activities. If this is the case we will ask for advice from professionals not directly employed by the school. We will continue to use IEPs but they will be more detailed. This is called “School Action Plus”. In a small number of cases where a child meets the LEA criteria for action we will refer the child to the LEA so they can consider making a detailed assessment. This will be fully discussed with the parents before hand. For pupils who have a statement of special educational needs, the school will hold statutory reviews and meet all statutory requirements. Should parents require a copy of the SEN policy they may obtain one from the school office.
Should parents have any concerns or complaints they should contact the Inclusion Manager at the school (Mrs. Diver). These concerns will then be shared with the Headteacher where appropriate. In very rare circumstances it may be necessary to involve governors. In these cases the concerns should be put in writing to the SEN Governor.