Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
A child has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty, or physical, behavioural or emotional needs which call for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Special educational provision means educational provision which is additional to, or different from, the educational provision made generally for children of the child’s age, other than special school. Our practice in this area is in line with the new national Code of Practice and SEND reforms which came into effect in September 2014. Every child's progress is monitored carefully by the class teacher. Where a teacher has concerns about a child's progress in one or more aspects of the curriculum, we will first initiate early intervention actions which are generally class based support strategies. If the teacher continues to have concerns, the child's name will be placed on the Special Educational Needs Register at the informal stage. If the child is not able to make progress, he/she could be moved to the Formal stage of the SEND procedure, where the advice and involvement of specialist agencies such as the Learning Support Service and the Educational Psychology Service can be requested. Parents will be kept informed and involved throughout and if deemed appropriate this may involve requesting the Local Education Authority to assess the pupil with a view to issuing a Statement of Special Educational Needs. The school works closely with LSS (Learning Support Service) in meeting the needs of children with SEND.
Staff who work with particular children who have learning or physical disabilities (and who have Individual Education Plans, Individual Behaviour Plans and/or Pastoral Support Plans) may need to use specific positive handling techniques to manage challenging behaviour. Such arrangements will be discussed with parents/carers in advance on an individual basis and all interventions will be routinely recorded. Positive handling would be used as a very last resort in order to maintain a safe environment.