Special Needs Provision at St Philip’s
At St Philip’s Catholic Primary School we aim to meet the needs of all children. It is not uncommon for some children to need additional support with certain areas of their learning during their time at school. If teachers are concerned with the levels of progress children are making, the details of their concerns are recorded and additional support may be given.
In addition to our own concerns we may identify children’s needs through
- liaison with nursery schools
- concerns raised by parents
- liaison with external agencies such as the NHS, Speech & Language therapists, Occupational Therapy and Social Care.
From the very beginning of their contact with St Philip’s, parents are encouraged to share any concerns they may have about their children with the headteacher initially and subsequently with the appropriate class teacher. It is always advisable to make an appointment so that a mutual convenient time can be arranged.
If for any reason your child is not making appropriate progress, the class teacher will discuss the matter with you and respond accordingly. They may devise an action plan to support your child’s learning. You will be asked to read and sign the plan which will be reviewed regularly. You will be invited to reviews which will be led by the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator). Teachers differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of all children and to ensure appropriate progress is being made.
Teaching Assistants, who work closely with the class teachers, are trained in a variety of intervention strategies to support reading, writing and numeracy. There is a designated Teaching Assistant who works with small groups of children needing additional support for their fine and gross motor skills. All Teaching Assistants work flexibly and are deployed as needed. Some children may be given individual support, others may work in small groups.
Whole school policy ensures that each class has access to appropriate resources. Class teachers discuss the individual’s needs with the headteacher so that the appropriate resources can be made available. The school can access a variety of outside agencies to support your child. These include Speech & Language Therapy Services, Occupational Therapy, Educational Psychology, Learning Support Services and Behaviour Support Services.
St Philip’s has a designated Learning Support Teacher who works in school one morning every week. She assesses children whose progress is causing concern. As a result she may work individually with the pupil for a period of time. Progress will be monitored and reviewed. Parents will be fully involved at all stages.
We also have a designated Behaviour Support Teacher who visits the school weekly to either work with children individually or in small groups. She also advises class teachers on appropriate strategies to support children with behavioural needs.
Both services employ specialist teachers who are available to advise on specific learning difficulties and on a variety of behavioural traits. As well as individual school support, these services offer many training opportunities which are available to the staff at St Philip’s.
At St Philip’s we work hard to develop positive, open and honest relationships with parents. We recognise the importance of partnership between parents and school and on that premise we aim to develop your trust in our ability to meet the needs of your child. It is essential that you are honest with us so that we can gain a full picture of your child’s strengths as well as any difficulties they may experience. Whatever difficulties children experience it is important to remember their strengths. It is on these that we will build their future success.