During a child’s school life they may have a particular need or difficulty, which requires special educational provision to be made for them.
These specific needs include learning difficulties, physical difficulties, and emotional and behavioural difficulties. We aim to identify needs as early as possible and then, in conjunction with families, plan ways to meet and where possible overcome them. The progress of children with special needs is carefully monitored and detailed records are kept.
The provision to meet the special educational need can include small group tuition and help, support during a family crisis, additional work or specific equipment being made available. Sometimes it is necessary to seek specialist advice and help from outside of the school.
We also recognise that “able” children have individual needs and we seek to support, develop and extend their skills. Our school SEND policy, which is reviewed annually, gives greater detail on our provision for children with specific needs.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO) Jo Kerr is a qualified teacher and is currently studying for the National Award for SENDCO. Mrs Kerr is a qualified Arts Psychotherapist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), and is also trained to offer family support. She is supported by Liz Martin who is the Deputy Head and previous SENDCO. Mrs Martin is also a specialist teacher trained to assess the needs of pupils with specific learning difficulties in literacy.