All about Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Some children find it much harder to learn than other children of the same age. They may need extra help in school. These children are said to have special educational needs. About 1 in 5 children will need extra help at school at some time in their education. Some children have extra help all the time they are at school, while other children need help for a short time
Special educational needs and provision can be considered as falling under four broad areas.
These difficulties cause barriers to the child’s learning. The school will assess your child to identify their strengths, needs and the extra help they require.
The government has produced guidance to enable staff in early education settings and schools to provide the best possible help for children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities. This guidance is known as “The Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for 0-25.”
When a teacher thinks a child may have special educational needs they will look at how they can adapt their teaching and the work they ask the child to do. This is called differentiation.
If they think a child needs something additional to other children in class or something different, they will talk to the school’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO), Mrs Phillips.
The SENCO may suggest other things the class or subject teacher can do. They may decide the child needs additional support.
What is offered to your child?
The school offers the following according to your child’s special educational needs:
Outcomes for pupils
The extra help the school offers will enable the child to:
The School SEN Policy
At St Philip Neri with St Bede we aim to:
The school SEN policy is reviewed every three years and revised in discussion with parents/carers, pupils, staff and governors.
You can get a copy of the school SEN Policy from the school website: www.st-philipneri.notts.sch.uk
Working in partnerships with parents
We believe that a close working relationship with parents is vital in order to ensure
Parents are kept up to date with their child’s progress through annual reports, parent’s evenings/afternoons and provision reviews.
In cases where more frequent regular contact with parents is necessary, this will be arranged based on the individual pupil’s needs. The SENCO may also signpost parents of pupils with SEND to the local authority Parent Partnership service where specific advice, guidance and support may be required.
If an assessment or referral indicates that a pupil has additional learning needs the parents and the pupil will always be consulted with regards to future provision. Parents are invited to attend meetings with external agencies regarding their child, and are kept up to date and consulted on any points of action drawn up in regards to the provision for their child. The school’s SEND Governor, Miss Tunney, may be contacted at any time in relation to SEND matters via the school office.
For further information contact:
Mrs Julia Phillips– SENCO
Mr W Lewis – Head Teacher
St Philip Neri with St Bede Catholic Voluntary Academy
Phone: 01623 489010
Other sources of information and help:
Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Parent Partnerships Service
32 Clarendon St, Nottingham NG1 5LN
Phone: 0115 948 2888
Special Educational Needs Code of Practice
Both are available from: www.direct.gov.uk