At Havelock we are an inclusive school and aim to support all children regardless of any specific educational need or disability. Any child can experience difficulty with a specific area of learning at some time in his/her school life and may need additional support so we identify, assess and provide for any needs that may arise. Support may come from school staff as well as the support of experts from external agencies and we aim to ensure that all children achieve their best.
Examples of some needs or disabilities that affect children’s ability to learn include:
- Behavioural/social (e.g. difficulty making friends)
- Reading and writing (e.g. dyslexia)
- Understanding things
- Concentrating (e.g. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Physical needs or impairments
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo), Mr Bailey, will identify any additional support needed for children across the school, enabling appropriate support to be put in place when necessary. Parents and carers, the SENCO and class teacher will meet regularly to discuss this. The class teacher is responsible for the progress of every child in their class including those with SEND. Teachers will meet termly with parents/carers and the child to discuss their progress over the year.
When a child is on the special needs register a support plan is drawn up by the class teacher to help the parent and the school identify the child’s needs and to target areas of particular difficulty. It should show the steps that are to be taken to support the child’s learning in and out of class and set a date for reviewing progress.
Children with a higher level of need may require an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan of special educational needs.
From September 2014 schools will be required to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0-25. This is known as the school offer.
Click here for SEND Policy