How do we Support SEN
Byers Green Primary School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Types of SEND at the School
At Byers Green Primary School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
- Specific Learning Difficulties (SPLD)
- Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
- Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)
- Autistic Spectrum (AS)
- Speech, Language and Communication (SLCN)
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Byers Green Primary School we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our Curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
At Byers Green Primary School all of our children follow our curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of individual children. At times, and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the statutory curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match children’s ability to our curriculum we are committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles
- Differentiated learning materials
- An innovative and supportive curriculum
- Flexible groupings – including small group support work
- Access to a range of technology
- Additional in class support
- Additional out of class support
- Tailored intervention and support programmes
- A variety of enrichment and enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
- An appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities including a revision club in the build up to KS2 tests
- Assessment procedures that emphasise our children’s strengths and achievements
- Applications during national testing at KS2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
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 Byers Green 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.
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