Additional Education Needs
Pupils with additional educational needs at both ends of the spectrum are supported within the school.
The school has a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) who plans additional intervention programmes in cooperation with the class teacher. Advice from specialists in the School Health Service and the School Psychological Service is readily available on application through the Head teacher. A member of the Cognition and Learning Service Team visits the school on a regular basis to work alongside the SENCO, parents, teaching assistants and class teacher.
Where possible class teachers and Teaching Assistants attend courses to help strengthen their existing skills in helping our children with additional needs.
The School supports the LEA approach to inclusion and operates a successful inclusion programme with local Units and Special schools.
The Additional Education Needs Policy equally appreciates the needs of the more able children at the school.
Pupils with Disabilities
Parents of children with physical or sensory impairment are asked to give the Head teacher details of the situation as soon as they are offered a place at the school. The Head teacher will arrange a meeting at a mutually convenient time to discuss the ways in which the child's impairment might hinder him/her from taking a full part in the life of the school and the ways in which such difficulties will be overcome.
The Head teacher will then make any arrangements necessary to enable the child to participate fully in all lessons and activities. These arrangements may include briefing staff, obtaining special equipment, making minor adaptations to the building, rearranging classroom furniture and/or employing support staff. These may take time to put into place and may require advice and assistance from the education office or specialist agencies, so parents are urged to see the Head teacher as soon as possible so that everything can be ready for the child's first day at school.
The school has an Accessibility Plan (Disability Equality Scheme) which is available on request.
More Able and Talented Provision
The school identifies pupils who are more able, talented or both (MAT). A register is kept and pupils identified are given appropriate provision to attain their full potential.
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