All children share the right to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Some of our children have additional educational needs and require help to enable them to share in this right.
These needs may arise from learning difficulties, physical or emotional problems, communication challenges or from being exceptionally able. For the majority of these children, teachers are able to differentiate work within the normal classroom setting as prescribed by the DfE. If children are still not making sufficient progress or if they are achieving at significantly below the age-related expectation then we will develop a School Support plan with them and their parents or carers. This will consider their strengths and aspirations as well as detailed targets and information about additional support for the children involved. A copy of the school’s Special Needs and Disability and Inclusion policy are available on line. We will always involve parents at each stage and ensure that they are fully involved and consulted.
We use a variety of methods to support us in assessing whether a child has a special need. We may make assessments of pupils' phonics, understanding of number and writing ability. Where appropriate we are able to access support and advice from other outside agencies.
If further support is required, the school will work with health and social care agencies and parents to work towards developing an Education Health Care plan. If you would like a copy of the LA inclusion leaflet which contains further details please ask at school.
Parents are fully involved throughout the process. The Churchill Cluster of schools has prepared a parents’ guide to Special Educational Needs – please ask in school for a copy.
Mrs Tracey Jones is the special needs coordinator.
Teaching assistants work with children with special educational needs throughout the school and in some cases we are able to access support from outside agencies. Some pupils may be supported in class and some may be withdrawn from class for small group work. We use the NESSY programme to support our pupils who are identified as being dyslexic and the Toe by Toe reading scheme for pupils who need additional support with reading. We draw from a wide range of resources when supporting pupils who have difficulty with maths.
Our learning mentor uses Socially Speaking to support pupils with developing social interaction and she has attended extensive training on emotional literacy which has given her a wide repertoire of resources to support pupils emotional needs.
The school has developed an access plan for people with disabilities and has consulted with the LA over the possibility of developing further access. Through our commitment to equal opportunities we ensure that we make the curriculum as accessible as possible to all children.
If you or your child has a disability please let us know. We can be flexible to ensure that children with a disability are not disadvantaged when attending the school. The school accessibility plan is reviewed annually.
For every child that is entitled to free school meals or has been entitled with their time at school, the school receives an amount of money called the Pupil Premium. This money is used to support pupils to ensure that their attainment is in line with all children in school.
Information as to the eligibility for free school meals and transport may be obtained from the Headteacher, Educational Welfare Office, or the Education Department, the Town Hall, Weston-Super-Mare.
The school prospectus is available in large print. Please request a copy from school.