Special Educational Needs
We are fortunate at Leigh School to have a team of very dedicated staff working in the SEN department. As SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), Sally Brown relies on the hard work of her team to support pupils with additional needs individually or in groups. Some members of staff work with individual children who have Educational Health Care Plans (the old statements) and require full time support in class, while others work with many children on the SEN register that may have difficulties with speech and language, fine and gross motor skills or the acquisition of literacy/numeracy skills.
Teaching assistants support individual children or small groups of children as recommended by the class teachers.
We are also very fortunate to have the expertise of Cherry O’Neill, Kay Edwards and Kay Coleman who come into school on a weekly basis. Cherry works with children with speech and language delay and Kay delivers the Dyslexic Literacy Programme to children who are in KS2 and have recognised dyslexic difficulties. In the classroom Teaching Assistants support individual children or small groups of children as recommended by the class teachers or the SENCO.
We also involve outside agencies and therapists via various routes to acquire extra support for any children who have very specific needs. Regular meetings are held with parents and there is an “open door” policy so parents can discuss any concerns as they occur.
Intervention Groups are ways of helping children with specific needs that might not always be able to be fully met within the classroom environment. There are a huge number of groups that run throughout the week here at Leigh Primary School. These include:
- Narrative Therapy
- Sensory Circuits
- Occupational Therapy
- Lego Therapy
- Dyslexic Literacy Programmes
- Dyslexic Intervention Programmes
- Nurture Group (for further details of this group please click here)
- Speech and Language
- Lexia Programme
- Clever Fingers
Mrs Brown and her team constantly review children's academic and social progress with the class teachers to ensure the right children are receiving the correct additional support.
Dyslexia Information Sheet
We have recently sent home a 'How to Help your Child with Dyslexia' information sheet. Please click here to access this.
There have been many changes happening in SEN from September 2014 when the provisions in the Children and Families Bill, and its associated regulations and Code of Practice, has been in force. The Code of Practice gives statutory guidance to organisations who work with and support children and young people with SEN and their parents. The Code provides practical advice on how to carry out statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
Mrs Coleman has written about these changes and how they will alter our practice here at Leigh Primary School.