How do we identify and assess children with SEN?

How do we identify and assess children with SEN?

A special educational need can be a number of different things.  For example, a child may be having problems with reading and number work, which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents.  It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children.  For some children this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.

Types of Special Educational Need and Disability

At Our Lady & St Thomas we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:

  • General Learning Difficulties – children whose learning progresses at a slower pace
    Speech and Language Difficulties
  • Dyslexia (difficulties with reading, writing and spelling)
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Autistic Spectrum
  • ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder –
    ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Other Physical or Medical Needs
    Mental Health issues

Staff Expertise

Within in school we have teaching staff who have extensive knowledge of SEND. The SENCO and Head Teacher have both completed accredited SEN courses. The school has two Teaching Assistants who have been specifically trained in the following areas;

• Fine and gross Motor Skills

• Speech and Language

• Better Reading

• Talk Boost

• First Class Maths

• Relax Kids


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