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At Emmaus Primary School the SENCO is responsible for co-ordinating the SEN provision. Miss Liz Kelly is our SENCO.
Please try not to worry if you or your child's teacher believe your child may have Special Educational Needs. There are lots of people in school who want to help and we will do all we can to make sure your child receives the support and advice they need. If you have any questions or queries about Special Educational Needs at any point during your child's time at our school, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Kelly at the school.
What are Special Educational Needs?
Many children at some time in their school career will have special educational needs of some kind.
Most get over their difficulties quite quickly. For others, the effects may last longer. All children have the right to a broad and balanced education. The law says that a child has special educational needs if he or she has learning difficulties and needs help. This help is known as special educational provision. A child has learning difficulties if he or she finds it much harder to learn than most children of the same age, or if he or she has a disability which may impact on their learning.
For example, a child may have learning difficulties caused by:
These are only examples. Your child may have more general difficulties with school work. Most children's needs will be met by their school, sometimes with the support of external agencies e.g. Speech and Language Therapists. In a few cases, the Local Authority makes a statutory assessment based upon specialist advice. The Local Authority may then draw up a Statement which describes the child's needs and provision.
Early intervention is crucial. As soon as a teacher or parent has registered a concern about a child's progress we will intervene to try to help the child overcome their difficulties as soon as possible. This is because we want every child to reach their full potential. A child may need a little extra suport in class or to work in a small group with other children. Children usually enjoy taking part in groups and due to the caring nature of the school, children do not feel they are being 'singled out'.
An Individual Education Plan will be written which is shared with parents. The child's progress will be monitored and it may be decided that they no longer require extra support, or the school may decide some support is needed from an outside agency such as Educationl Psychology.