All children are different and we believe this is something we should celebrate. In any school children of the same age are developing ideas, knowledge and skills at a different rate.
Our aim is that each child is entitled to the same curriculum experiences, activities and opportunities provided by the school at a level which is appropriate to their needs, interests and abilities. This includes in-school and extra-curricular activities. We follow the Code of Practice on the Identification, Assessment and Support of Special Needs. Mrs Love is the Special Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO). She is responsible, with the class teachers, for the monitoring of progress for children with Special Educational Needs.
We try to help by matching each child's work with their individual needs and abilities, within their own class, rather than by separating them from their classmates. But where we feel that some close individual support would be helpful, children are able to work in a small group, or on a one-to-one basis. If your child was felt to be in need of this kind of support we would invite you to come into school and discuss the way ahead with your child's teacher. Or if you were concerned about the progress of your child, and felt that some extra help would be beneficial, do contact the SENCO or Headteacher at school.
Our special needs resources are used to provide:
- classroom assistants and external support for statemented children
- a part-time SENCO to support non-statemented children and staff
- resources for teaching and learning, including classroom support
Advocacy is important to us, the links below lead to various advocacy sites which advise on Special Educational Needs and are useful to parents and carers. As part of our advocacy of learners we have a Special Educational Needs Advocate School Councillor, who is known to the pupils and feeds back to School Council at regular meetings. This Councillor also feeds back to a county-wide group focused on pupil voice 'All of Us'.
Cumbria SEND IAS Service (which was formerly known as the Parent Partnership Service) offers impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with special educational needs and or disabilities and their parents and carers.