A Special Educational Need can be a number of different things. For example, a child may be having problems with reading, number work or behaviour, which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.
As a school we measure all children’s progress against National age related expectations. Class teachers continually assess children and make informal notes and observations about any areas of concern or where further support might be necessary. Children are formally assessed every term and there are Pupil Progress meetings with the Head Teacher to review and discuss progress. Further assessments might take place, for example, reading or spelling ages, if it is felt this would be helpful.
At every stage we will maintain an open dialogue with parents/carers.
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Aycliffe Village Primary School we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”. This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan. Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
Please see our SEND policy for further details or contact Miss K Bradley (SENCO)
Pastoral, Medical and Social Support
At Aycliffe Village Primary School we consult with a wide range of agencies and partnerships to ensure the pastoral, medical and social needs of SEND children are met.
We pride ourselves on being a very caring staff team who put the well-being and needs of our children at the heart of everything we do.
Class teachers have overall responsibility for the pastoral, medical and social care of every child in their class, therefore they (and Teaching Assistants who work in their classes) should be the parents’ first point of contact.
If further support is required the class teacher liaises with the SENCO for advice and support. This may involve working alongside outside agencies such as Health and Social Services, and/or the Behaviour Support Team.
If your child needs to take medicine during the school day, parents/carers need to contact Mrs Dolan in the school office to complete a form. As a staff we have regular training and updates of conditions and medication affecting individual children (eg asthma) so that all staff are able to manage medical situations. Should your child have a particular condition which requires regular and constant medication then if necessary a member of staff will receive specific training. For further information, please see our policy on this Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.