Special Educational Needs
Not all children learn at the same rate – but for some children aspects of learning can be very difficult. Often this will be because of a very specific need. It is our responsibility to identify children who have special educational needs and to assess how to best meet those needs. Should a child continue to need assistance, they may need more support than we can reasonably be expected to provide. In such circumstances, the school may make a referral to the Local Authority to make an assessment to decide if a Statement of Educational Need/ Education and Health Care Plan is required.
The school feels strongly that it should work in partnership with parents and so we include parents in each step of providing support for children with special educational needs. Regular review meetings are held and parents are given the opportunity to contribute to these. Where necessary, other professionals may be called upon to assess children and to offer suggestions as to how best to meet needs.
The school has a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo) who liaises with parents and agencies, meets with parents and advises members of staff about approaches to use to help children with special educational needs.
Children may be helped by their class teacher using a learning programme, drawn up with the SENDCo, devised to meet the individual’s needs, or a child may be withdrawn for specialist help as an individual or part of a small group. This approach ensures that children with learning problems have as much help as practically possible.
Our Local Offer provides full information regarding Special Educational Needs and how we cater for them at The John Harrox Primary School. Please see the link on the left.
Although special educational needs may mean that a child has difficulty with aspects of learning it is also important for the school identify those children who are very able and need to be suitably challenged. For these children we liaise with the Gifted and Talented Support Service.
Parents who have a concern about their child’s progress should discuss with the classteacher in the first instance and/or the SENDCo or Headteacher.