Most children and young people in mainstream schools will have their special educational needs met through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
Early Identification of Need
In deciding whether to make special education provision to support educational, social, physical or emotional needs, we:
At St Patrick’s RCVA Primary School, we follow a graduated support approach, if a parent, carer or teacher is concerned about a child, we will have a conversation with the adults that work with the child on a regular basis. This may then move on to placing the child on a Short Note, where we closely monitor the child and give them targets to achieve over a short period of time. These targets will be SMART so that the child is able to make progress achieving them.
Where a pupil is identified as having a special educational need we follow a graduated approach which takes the form of cycles of “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, every child with SEN will have an individualised SEN Support Plan that describes the child’s needs, outcomes & provision to meet those needs. Parents/carers and child (where appropriate) views are integral to this process.
To fully support each child with an individual need, we work alongside many agencies that we can gather advice from. If a child needs some extra support and we feel that they should be referred to one of these agencies, a detailed discussion will be had with the child’s parent/carers and a referral form will be signed, following the parents’ permission.
- Work in partnership with parents/carers and pupils
- Consult with relevant external agencies
- Use assessment tools & materials
- Use observations
- Use Short Notes
A small percentage of children and young people with significant and/or complex needs may require an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
- This is a very detailed assessment of each child’s needs. Parents or carers, the school and a range of professionals will be asked to provide written reports.
- At the end of the assessment phase, the Local Authority will consider these reports to help decide whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan for the child.
- Parents/carers also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment although it is usually best if you can do this with the support of the school.
- Education, Health and Care Assessment is only appropriate for a small number of children. Your school SENCO or SENDIASS will be able to advise you about this.
For more detailed information see the Local Offer
Details of Identification and Assessment of Pupils with SEN
For further information please view or download our Accessibility Plan which can be found in the School Policies section of our website.