Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Chester-le-Street CE Primary School we follow a graduated support approach of “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”. This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do – put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
All staff are responsible for assessing, monitoring and tracking the progress of our pupils. Each pupil is regularly assessed in class and levels are recorded on the school’s tracking system. Staff are responsible for setting each student achievable yet challenging targets within lessons and having high expectations of progress. The Senior Leadership Team including the SENCO regularly check on the progress of students. If someone is not making the expected levels of progress then teaching staff identify appropriate interventions which are put in place. A range of intervention strategies are in place throughout the Primary age phase.
Despite high quality teaching, some students are unable to make expected progress and this could be for a variety of reasons, one of which is a special educational need. Staff use tracking data and knowledge of students to identify such students and if they have a concern that there might be an undiagnosed special educational need, they will raise that concern with the SENCO.
In the first instance a Short Note would be used to indicate a concern about a child’s needs. The teacher would work with parents and pupil to outline targets which should address these needs.
If upon review of the Short Note, there continues to be concerns, external agencies may become involved. These will provide specialist advice and from this, a Support Plan will be produced. This will describe the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and contain agreed outcomes. Parents/carers and children will be fully involved in this process.
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan. Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.