We are an inclusive school and believe that all children have a right to be educated alongside their peers and have a great deal to offer others through their individuality. We welcome all children into our school and would not seek to exclude a child because of any perceived 'difficulties' they may have. It is likely that every child will at some time or other need extra support with their learning and we have several approaches we use to to cater for this. These can range from a little additional homework at one end of the spectrum to an Education, Health and Care Plan with additional adult one-to-one support at the other. We try to ensure that whatever the additional support we provide, it is appropriate, purposeful and timely.
We monitor each child’s learning carefully to ensure they are making progress at least in-line with national expectations. When we feel a child is not making enough progress which cannot be addressed by the methods routinely used by class teachers, we may assign them to a ”targeted intervention” group. An intervention group is a group of children who benefit from working in a small group once or twice a week to help them get back on-track with their learning. These groups focus on the particular areas they need to grasp to enable them to make progress to the next level and may only last for a few weeks, or a term at the most.
ADDITIONAL SEN SUPPORT PLANS
Some children may need more long term support or may have specific difficulties relating to particular medical, cognitive or behavioural conditions. In these cases, we devise an Additional SEN Support Plan (ASSP) for them, setting detailed short term targets and assign additional adult support to help the child to achieve these. We review our ASSP's approximately every two months and set new targets to keep the child making progress.
Some children may also benefit from being supported by staff from outside agencies. We work closely with the Plymouth Psychology Service, Plymouth Advisory Learning Support team, Speech and Language Service, Communication and Interaction team and Plymouth Excellence Cluster, as well as the NHS Child Development Centre and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS COORDINATOR (SENCo)
Our SENCo is Louise Galloway and she liaises with class teachers, our special needs teaching assistant (Jo Hurst) and the Headteacher to ensures that all the children who need support are receiving the right level of help from the right professionals. The SENCo also liaises with the outside agencies mentioned above and consults an Educational Psychologist regularly to make sure appropriate support is being put in place so that the needs of each child are being met. The SENCo also meets regularly with a SEN Advisory Teacher who comes into school to work with children on a one-to-one basis to identify potential learning difficulties and our Learning Mentor (Rachael Cameron) who counsels individual children regarding any social or emotional barriers to learning.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK TO SOMEONE?
If you feel your child may need additional support with their learning, please discuss this in the first instance with your child’s teacher or contact us make an appointment to see Miss Galloway. You could also talk to our Parent Support Advisor, Helen Burrows, who can also offer advice and guidance. The school’s policy for Special Educational Needs is covered in our Inclusion policy, which can be downloaded below.