How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
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 St Joseph’s Catholic Academy, we follow a graduated support approach which is called 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 – provision is in place to meet those outcomes within reason
- Review the support and progress
Quality First Teaching (QFT):
- Ensures that the teacher has the highest possible expectations for each child in their class.
- Ensures all teaching is based on what your child already knows, can do and understands in order to help them progress.
- Involves various ways of teaching so that your child is fully involved in learning in class.
- Requires constant assessment and planning from the assessment so progress is made and the needs of each child are met.
A pupil has SEND when the educational provision needed is additional to, or otherwise different from, the provision made generally for children of the child’s age in maintained schools, other than special schools. As part of this approach, we produce a SEND Support Plan, where necessary, that describes the provision that will be made to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. We are committed to working with parents and carers to identify their child’s needs and support. Parents and carers will be involved throughout the process.
There is a range of ways this can be done, for example but exclusive to:
- Ongoing informal and formal discussions with a class teacher and/or SENCO;
- Through termly reviews of a child’s SEND Support Plan or the Annual Review of their EHC Plan.
Please contact the school for further information on 0191 428 2700
SENCO Miss R. Donnelly