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Children with Special Needs

At Dean Gibson we believe that every child needs to be taught as individually as possible. Work is planned so that those who are less able and more able are supported within the classroom to work with more confidence at their own level. Our classes are flexible enough to allow children to work with others of similar ability for particular topics and activities.

A half-termly check is made by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and class teacher in order to ensure that children with special needs are identified, helped and monitored.

The National Curriculum expects children to be taught where possible within normal class groups. The County Learning Support Service or the Educational Psychologist may be consulted if there is felt to be a need for additional support for individual children. This may be offered in the form of advice, assistance with planning work, support materials, and in some instances, a professional assessment. These assessments normally take place in school.

Parents are encouraged to become involved in working out a way to help their child and will be informed of any assessments which are being arranged. Careful plans will be made to tackle any needs identified and parents invited to take full part in the process. If teachers and parents work closely together it helps children to feel more secure. It is important to build on what children can do in a positive way and to involve them in the process too.

We hope that parents will inform teachers of any concerns they might have regarding special needs or particular problems. There is also opportunity for parents to request advice and help through school or directly from Learning Support and the Educational Psychologist, via the County Office.

The Governors have a Special Needs Policy for the school which can be shared with parents on request. This details the school’s arrangements for teaching children with particular needs. The Department of Education (DFES) has published a Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special needs. The school policy reflects the requirements of this document.

You can also download our local offer for SEN document below.

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