Mrs. Van Boxel our SENCO is on maternity leave until May, 2017. Mr. John Serle, Headteacher has taken on the role as SENCO in her absence.
Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs
We recognise that as many as one in five children may have special educational needs at some time in their school career. Individual needs may arise from physical, intellectual, emotional, social or behavioural difficulties. These difficulties range from being quite mild to complex, severe and possibly long-term. A further group of children with special educational needs are those with exceptional abilities or talents.
Identification of Children with Special Needs
Parents are requested to draw the school’s attention to their child’s special educational needs if these have been identified prior to enrolement. On entry to school, the class teacher is responsible for identifying children with special needs. She/he will consult the child’s parents, the Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and the Headteacher as appropriate. Further advice may be sought from a variety of professional sources, and at every stage the school will advise and consult the pupil’s parents. These arrangements include the identification of and provision for exceptionally able and gifted children.
Working with Children with Special Educational Needs at Thomas Reade
In order to meet the individual requirements of special needs children at Thomas Reade County Primary School, our teachers plan their programmes of work, with the advice of Mrs Helen Van-Boxel, our SENCO. We also employ a number of Learning Support Assistants who work, under staff direction, with individual children.
We are able to draw on specialist help from a number of services, if this is thought to be necessary. These services include the School Medical Service, the Schools’ Psychological Service, the Educational Social Worker, the Speech and Language Unit and the Child Guidance Service.
Educational Health Care Plan
Some children may require a formal, independent assessment of their special educational needs and of how these are to be met. This is a legal process in which parents are always fully involved.
Role of Parents
Individual assessment takes place with the full knowledge, involvement and support of parents. This is vital if the programme is to be successful. If you have any concerns please see your child’s class teacher or Headteacher.
Co-ordination of Special Needs Provision
Mrs Helen Van-Boxel, SENCO, has specific responsibility for co-ordinating our work on behalf of special needs children. She works closely with the Headteacher.
Special Needs Policy
The Governors’ policy for children with special educational needs is available to parents to download below. This Policy is updated on an annual basis.