The first person to identify that a child has special educational needs may be:
- Yourself, as parent or carer;
- The class teacher;
- A health visitor;
- Another medical professional.
If it seems that your child may have special educational needs, your child’s class teacher or the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will assess:
- What your child is good at and what they need help with;
- What your child would benefit from learning
- How best to help your child learn.
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met through good classroom practice – this is called Quality First Teaching.
At Willington 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.
Alongside the Quality First Teaching, where children remain within the whole class setting but have tasks given at the level of their need and ability, there may be a Teaching Assistant (TA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group. This may involve some sessions where your child is withdrawn from the class to take part in an intervention programme. Any intervention programmes and extra support that your child receives at school will be recorded on a Special Educational Need Support Plan, which will be shared with you.
There are four broad areas of SEND, and we can support children whose needs fall within one or more of these categories. The categories are:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social emotional and mental emotional health
- Sensory and-or Physical
Please click on a category to find out more detailed information.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.