We seek to welcome all children to our school and ensure the provision they require will be met. A child has Special Educational Needs if he or she has a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Arrangements for the admission of pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are according to the school’s admission policy, in line with the Special Needs and Disability Act 2001. To ensure appropriate provision is made:-
- There will be liaison with parents, previous school staff and specialist support staff and where possible any special requirements will be put in place before the pupil attends.
- Staff training will be undertaken where necessary.
- Issues arising may be discussed with other pupils to ensure SEN pupils are accepted and supported according to the school’s ethos of valuing every child.
Details of arrangements which have been made for co-ordinating the day to day provision for pupils with special educational needs will be found in the SEN policy document.
SEN pupils are supported in their learning through individual learning plans and extra adult support. Support staff are specifically employed to support pupils with SEN and there are other Teaching Assistants who work with individual SEN pupils or groups as part of their designated hours within the classes. Resources are allocated to meet the needs of the SEN pupils through individual, small group and ‘hover’ support in class. Individuals and groups are also withdrawn to work on specific areas of need. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator liaises with class teachers and Teaching Assistants to ensure children receive appropriate support.
Facilities and arrangements to assist access to the school buildings, curriculum and social life for pupils with SEN and/or disabilities are:
- ramps to classrooms and the front entrance,
- adaptations to toilets,
- mobile and fixed hoists,
- changing table,
Advice and support is received from other specialist/outside agencies and these include the Educational Psychologist, the Speech and Language Therapist, Specialist and Support Teachers and medical specialists including the School Doctor.