From time to time children may need extra help and support if they are experiencing difficulties in a particular curriculum area or with behaviour. We assess all children’s progress carefully. If we have any concerns, we discuss these with parents and put the child onto the first stage of our special needs programme. This means that the child’s learning is individually planned by the teacher in liaison with the school’s Special Needs Co-ordinator, Mrs Claire Higgins. If necessary, and with parents’ agreement, we ask one of the Local Education Authority’s specialists to assess the child’s needs and to give further advice on the programme of work for the child. A child who is having particular difficulty is assessed by the County Education Psychologist and may be given a special Statement of Educational Needs. This often means that some hours of extra support time are available during the school day to help the child with his or her particular programme of work. The hours are given to a learning support assistant who works under the direction of the child’s teacher.
Our most recent SEN Local Authority Audit (2013) judged this school’s SEN provision as Outstanding
The school identifies pupils with high attainment and with talents across the curriculum. It is the aim of the governing body to initiate programmes that further develop these pupils. Provision for these pupils includes regular enrichment sessions, the opportunity to work with similarly talented pupils from other schools and closer tracking of progress. We also plan carefully for the needs of children who are fast learners. They are extended in all curriculum areas with more challenging work.