Special Educational Needs
We aim to offer all children equal access, opportunity and treatment, regardless of race, gender, physical or mental ability, background or creed. We work to promote equality and challenge discrimination and stereotyping, to make our school truly inclusive and promote high achievement for all.
Staff at our school are concerned for every child and make every effort to know each child well as an individual. In this way, we are in a position to meet children's needs and help them to succeed. This includes offering extra support to children with special educational needs and offering challenge to those who are "Gifted and Talented".
Click here to download our leaflet to parents/carers about "Gifted and Talented" pupils.
Special Educational Needs
The individual needs of all children will normally be catered for within the classroom situation by the class teacher. On occasions, however, a child may have a learning difficulty that requires extra support. This may be a learning difficulty in general or in a specific area of the curriculum.
When such a situation arises the class teacher will agree a programme of work or extra adult support for that child. This will be shared with parents and Mrs. Felton, who is responsible for Special Educational Needs in our school. Sometimes, support may be a short-term measure or it may last throughout the child’s school career. If we feel unable to provide adequately for a child's special needs we can call upon the services of the Local Authority’s Special Needs Department. Parents will be consulted when extra support is being considered, such as the provision of speech therapy.
For children with more complex learning difficulties there are clear Review and Statement procedures, which enable us to access extra staffing, resources or specific work programmes. Review meetings include a range of people involved with the development and education of the child and will, of course, include the parents/carers. Such meetings will identify the needs of a child and recommendations will be made as to how best to provide for these.
If parents have any concerns, questions or information relating to their child, it is vital for the child’s sake that they share this in confidence with school staff. If a situation arises at home that may affect the child, such as the arrival of a new baby, the illness of a grandparent or separation of parents, it is important that, at least to some degree, we are made aware of the problem. Often the teacher can make some adjustments in the provision for a child, which will at least partially help support them during a period of personal difficulty.
We fully support the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act and take all reasonable steps to ensure that disabled pupils are not disadvantaged. Our new school building is fully accessible for wheelchair users and hearing loops have been installed in the hall, central areas and Foundation Stage unit.
We make every effort to accommodate any particular needs and will be happy to discuss these with parents/carers.