In our school, we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all our children. We aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community. Through appropriate curricular provision, we respect the fact that children:
Teachers respond to children’s needs by:
Special Educational Needs Support
Children with special educational needs support have learning difficulties and/or a disability that calls for special provision to be made. All children may have special needs at some time in their lives. Children are recognised as requiring special educational needs support if:
Many of the children who join us have already been in early education. In many cases, children join us with their needs already assessed. All children are assessed when they enter our school, so that we can build upon their prior learning. We use this information to provide starting points for the development of an appropriate curriculum for all our children. At any time a parent carer, pupil, teacher or TA may raise concerns about a learning difficulty or disability that may be hindering a child’s progress. At this time it may be considered appropriate to complete a cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review. An initial meeting will be set up with parent carers and pupils to discuss concerns and gather information. Then the class teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) may assess further to address the concerns raised. At St Joseph and St Teresa’s Catholic primary School the SENCO is Mrs Emma Asfaw.