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How does the school know if the children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have SEN?

If parents/carers have any concerns regarding their child possibly having additional needs, they should in the first instance make an appointment to speak to the class teacher, who will then liaise with our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) where appropriate.  If the child is a new admission to the school, this should be discussed at the Induction Meeting. 

Information about a child’s strengths and needs will be received in school from the child’s previous educational setting, where applicable.

If a class teacher has any concerns, this will be discussed with parents at the earliest opportunity so they can work in partnership to support the child.  

Subject leaders, SENCO, SLT and the Headteacher will continue to monitor all pupils learning through our curriculum. Through lesson observations, book scrutinies, pupil voice and pupil progress meetings. These seek to identify pupils making less than expected progress, given their age and individual circumstances. This can be characterised by progress which:

  • is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline
  • fails to match or better the child’s previous rate of progress
  • fails to close the attainment gap between the child and their peers
  • widens the attainment gap

If you wish to discuss a specific area of Special Educational Need or Disability then please contact our SENCO, Mrs Tonya Couper.