A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, your child may be having problems with reading, maths or behaviour, which school can help by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with yourself. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to
use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may
have a long term need for special help.
There are now four broad areas of SEND, these are:
• Communication and Interaction
This area of need includes children with Autism Spectrum Condition and those with Speech, Language and Communication Needs
• Cognition and Learning
This includes children with Specific Learning Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties
• Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
This includes any pupils who have an emotional, social or mental health need that is impacting on their ability to learn
• Sensory and/or Physical Difficulties
This area includes children with hearing impairment, visual impairment, multi-sensory impairment and physical difficulties.
The first person to identify that a child has special educational needs may
- Yourself, as parent or carer
- The class teacher
- A health visitor
- Another medical professional
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Peases West Primary School we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”. This means that we will:
Assess a child’s special educational needs
Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan. Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN below:
Quality First Teaching;
Group work to support children with specific learning outcomes across the curriculum;
Specialist group support from outside agencies such as the Behaviour Intervention Team;
Specific individual support for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong;
Range of teaching and learning styles;
An innovative and supportive curriculum;
Mentoring and Counselling;
A broad range of extra-curricular activities, for example Forest School;
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.