Special Educational Needs

If a child experiences difficulties in accessing any aspect of the curriculum or is not making expected progress then staff may create an additional intervention to support them. Parents are invited to share concerns they have regarding their child’s progress and needs. Whatever the difficulties may be, it is our experience that they are more easily overcome when the school and family work together in partnership. For an intervention plan small-step targets will be set, specific support identified and progress closely monitored. Regular meetings between staff and parents are offered with the child having an important voice in the process. Specialist staff and agencies may be called upon as appropriate.

Children identified as Able and Gifted also need special attention. These pupils demonstrate a significantly higher level of ability than most pupils of the same age in one or more of the following:

  • General intellectual ability
  • Specific academic aptitude
  • Creative thinking
  • Leadership/qualities/social skills
  • Artistic abilities
  • Ability in the expressive arts
  • Physical ability

The class teacher supports an able and gifted child by providing activities that promote extension, enrichment, pace, independence and reflection. Again, parents are informed if their child is identified as Able and Gifted and are offered suggestions for support at home. During the year there are opportunities for Able and Gifted children to work with others from local schools