It is the responsibility of the Learning Support Department to identify, at the earliest opportunity, any child who may have special educational needs and to maintain a special needs register.
Staff initially raise any cause for concerns about pupils to the Department. The SENCo assesses these pupils using a range of standardised and diagnostic tests to facilitate identification of pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties in both Lower and Upper Years. If deemed necessary, referral to outside specialists such as a Speech Therapist is made.
Support is provided in small groups for pupils in Lower Years (Key Stage 1) to alleviate difficulties as Early Intervention is deemed good practice. There is no charge for this provision.
In Upper Years, (Key Stage 2) pupils with diagnosed specific difficulties showing a discrepancy with their innate ability are offered 1:1 support. There is a charge for this provision.
Pupils receiving Learning Support are assessed twice a year in order to track progress. Extra time for specified candidates with an Educational Psychologist’s Report in Year 6 examinations is arranged.
Learning Support staff plan and implement an appropriate Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each pupil receiving out of class support. All teaching staff have access to this information and any necessary advice from the Learning Support staff to support awareness of each child's needs so that his/her needs may be met in mainstream classes.
Close links and communication with parents is kept at all times and they are encouraged to be involved in the initial assessment procedures and regular reviews of the child's progress.
All children with any type of Special Educational Needs are fully integrated within the school as a whole. Pupil’s specific needs are served by providing differentiated work where appropriate. All staff and children know which children receive support but the atmosphere is one of understanding and encouragement.
Academic Support Teacher
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