Parents/carers are regularly informed of any concerns or strategies that the school is following to support their child.
Identification of a pupil’s special educational needs can take place in four main ways:
The parent/carer is very often the first to be aware of their child’s additional needs and will inform the school.
The class teacher, through ongoing informal and formal assessment, becomes aware of a pupil’s additional academic needs. Children may be making less than expected progress, so progress is slower than other children starting from the same baseline, the child’s progress does not match or better their previous rates of progress or they do not close the attainment gap with other children.
The class teacher, through observation, becomes aware of a pupil’s emotional or physical needs.
The school is informed by outside services such as health providers, or from a pupil’s previous school or placement.
If the strategies put in place by the class teacher to overcome the concerns are not enough, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo), responsible for leading the relevant phase group, will be told this through a pupil referral process. Observations or assessment for identifying general learning strengths and needs may be carried out, and ideas for additional/different strategies put in place. Parents and children will be involved throughout this process.
Further in-depth assessments or observations may be needed and for this, the expertise of Pupil Support Services (PSS), Behaviour Support Services (BSS), the Educational Psychology Service (EPS) and Malachi, are currently bought in by our school. Reports and advice for the school are always given following these visits which are shared with parents.
The school also has access for advice and support from other outside services, including the School Nurse, Community Paediatrician, Speech Therapy, Hearing and Visual Impairment teachers, Physical Support Service, Community physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Communication and Autism Team and the Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review Service (SENAR).
Please log onto the Access to Education website (external link) for contact details of the support services that support our children with special Educational Needs.