Special Educational Needs & Disability
Some children will have specific needs related to their education. Teachers at St Hardulph's will always try to give work to children that is appropriate to their learning capacity, stretching those who learn quickly and supporting those children who need extra time or help.
The basic skills of reading, writing and number work are our priority, especially for those children who need extra help.
In all cases, teachers will inform parents if they have a concern about a child's lack of progress and discuss the situation with them. This will be conducted through agreed school systems. It may be that the child will be placed on our Special Educational Needs record. We will always endeavour to maintain excellent communication with parents.
All schools must follow procedures from the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years. The Code of Practice advocates a graduated response to meeting pupils' needs at an appropriate level.
Learning Support for Able and Less Able Pupils: We recognise that all pupils are individuals and have their own needs. Some pupils require support in addition to that provided for everyone. Their needs may arise from: exceptional ability, physical or sensory difficulties, or specific learning difficulties.
When concerns are first highlighted, teachers complete a 'Cause for Concern' from, which is forwarded to the SENCo. for advice and support.. In time it may be necessary to take additional or different action, to enable the pupil to learn more effectively.
At this point, the pupil may be placed on the SEN record at SEN Support. Strategies and targets at an appropriate level are then agreed and external agencies will be contacted to help support the child, if school considers it to be necessary.
In a very small minority of cases, children demonstrate such significant difficulties that an Education and Health Care Plan may be established. This process involves the Educational Psychologist and the Local Authority. The Education and Health Care Plans have replaced Statements of Educational Needs (or will do so at the next key transition period for the child). A child at this stage will have an allocation of either Teaching Assistant time or support teaching time.
When possible, we provide, from the school budget, a small amount of additional teaching time for selected children. Extra support is used for one to one teaching, or small group work as well as support work within the class. Learning Support Assistants also contribute to this support structure. We are linked with an Educational Psychologist who visits our school for consultation, pupil assessment and to advise staff. We are currently allocated three hours of her time per year.
During Key Stage 1 SATs (and Optional SATs, if appropriate) we will also provide reader support to eligible children in Mathematics, as it is not a test of the pupil's reading ability. This ensures that a literacy difficulty does not prevent children from demonstrating their true Maths knowledge and understanding.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator liaises with parents, teachers and support agencies when planning how to address individual pupil's needs. Parents who have any concerns about their child's progress in school should, in the first instance, discuss them with the class teacher, who will monitor the situation and involve others as necessary.