Children may be identified as having a special educational need through discussions with teaching staff and parents who may have some concerns about children’s academic progress, social development or physical difficulties. A special educational need may manifest itself in a number of different ways. For example, a child may be having problems with reading, number work or with managing their behaviour.
Our SENCo may carry out assessments in addition to the class teacher in order to ascertain any underlying needs or difficulties the child may have. Parents will be consulted and informed of any outcomes or further action that may be needed.
Children may have a disability which makes it harder for them 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 additional help. The SENCo will work with families to address any concerns.
Pupil progress towards outcomes/targets is continually assessed and reviewed through:
- Teacher assessments/tests
- Progress towards individual targets
- National curriculum testing (including Year 1 Phonics test)
- Information provided by parents, carers and other professionals
- Records provided by other schools a child may have attended.
In order for all children to access the curriculum in school, staff may:
- Change the way activities are planned and delivered
- Match activities to the ability / need of each child (differentiation)
- Adapt learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs
- Offer small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s SEND Support Plan
Our SEND policy is available on the school website under the Policy section.
From September 2014, under the new SEND code of practice, an SEND Support Plan will be written for any new children identified with SEND. Existing Statements of SEN will be converted to EHC plans by Durham Local Authority SEND team, by July 2017.
SEND Support Plans should include:
- Short term targets for the child which are linked to their needs
- Details of any extra support the child will get
- Who will give the child help
- How often the child will get help
- How and when the school will look at the child’s progress again (usually at least twice a year)
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.