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Special Educational Needs

We are an inclusive school. We aim to meet the special educational needs of our children in the mainstream classroom. Children with SEN are taught with their peers, offering them access to a broad, balanced education.

 

Our parents and carers have a vital role to play in supporting their child’s education. Their views are sought regularly, along with those of their children.

 

We have high aspirations and expectations for our children with SEN and disabilities, and our focus is firmly on outcomes and not just on hours of provision and support. High quality teaching, differentiated for individual children, is our first step in responding to children who have or may have special educational needs. Our teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of all the pupils in their class, including where pupils have support from teaching assistants or specialist staff. Children are only withdrawn from class for highly specialised interventions which cannot take place in the classroom, such as our Nurture Group and ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) work. We regularly and carefully review the quality of our teaching by visiting classes; talking to children about their learning; through professional discussion with teachers and teaching assistants; by monitoring the quality of children’s written work; and through Pupil Progress Meetings - where we discuss the progress children have made with their learning and plan additional strategies for children who have not made expected progress.

 

We have a full-time SENCO who meets regularly with teachers, and is also available to meet with parents and carers. Where SEN is identified, we work in an Assess-Plan-Do-Review cycle in line with the SEND Code of Practice September 2014. We regularly review our teachers’ skills and understanding of strategies to identify and support the vulnerable children in their classes. We are committed to continually improving our knowledge and skills as a team through training and development. Further information can be found in our SEN policy on this website.

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