Special Educational Needs & Disability
Our policy is to identify specific difficulties at an early age and work with parents to establish individual action plans for the children with such problems. Targets are set which are regularly reviewed, working to build on successes. The school enjoys a high level of skillful learning support which is targeted towards working in the classroom with children who have the greatest need in order to fully access learning opportunities and make progress. All of our teachers are teachers of Special Needs, supported where appropriate by expertise within school and through referral to professional specialists.
We meet regularly with parents and involve external professionals, where appropriate, to review need and provision for their child. Special Educational Needs are supported through a devolved budget from the County and is supplemented through the school’s own budget. Children with higher levels of specific needs that cannot be met within normal school action may be able to access specific School Action Plus funding to support more individual programmes of learning. Children with statements of Special Education Needs are appropriately supported but do not necessarily have individual funding allocation.
Many children have the potential to excel in any one or more of a number of areas, which may be social, intellectual, artistic or physical. We take every opportunity to identify strength and exceptional talent, to provide appropriate opportunities to challenge and further develop their individual needs and to celebrate success and achievement both with school and beyond. Our curriculum is designed to challenge and extend thinking and to encourage creativity, problem solving and critical thinking, and includes Philosophy for Children approaches.
Who can I contact for further information?
• First point of contact would be your child’s class teacher to share your concerns.
• You could also arrange to meet our SENCO /Head teacher Mrs Sandra Kiddle
• Look at the SEN policy on our website
• Contact the Somerset Parent Carer Forum – http://www.somersetpcf.org.uk/
• Contact IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice) – www.ipsea.org.uk/