Information on the provision of support for children with special educational needs
At Littlebourne we have a dedicated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) Mrs McLean.
As part of her role she observes children in classrooms to initially assess their needs, communicates with parents on the appropriate support for their child, engages with external agencies such as Speech and Language therapy, carries out diagnostic assessments on children and is an on-going source of expert knowledge for the staff and parents of the school to draw upon.
Children who are identified as needing additional support to progress with their learning have a provision map drawn up by their class teachers in liaison with the SENCO. This identifies the interventions to be put in place and how often they need to occur. Provision Maps are shared with parents and reviewed regularly (every 10 weeks) to monitor the amount of progress a child is making. Interventions are usually led by the teaching assistant, either 1:1 or in small group situations.
Our classroom environments are set up to support children with additional learning needs. Resources are clearly labelled and available for the children to select and use as they wish. Visual timetables and prompt sheets are used to help children to organise themselves. There are clear structures in place so that children know where to get help with their learning if needed.
Littlebourne is an inclusive school and we would invite parents of children with additional needs to visit the school in order to view our internal and external environments and discuss our approaches to teaching and learning.