The Governors have a comprehensive policy for special educational needs which is available on request from the school office. This policy was successfully implemented last year and there have been no significant changes to since the last governors’ annual report.
At Fern Hill we are committed to following the DfES Code of Practice for children with Special Educational Needs.
Every individual has a special need of one sort or another and it is our aim to provide the right kind of help for all children. To this end, grouping for some activities benefits every child including those with learning difficulties and the very able. There is regular and careful monitoring of the special help given to pupils. A member of the teaching staff is responsible for co-ordinating the day to day provision of education for pupils with special needs.
School is a learning environment in which we support and encourage each child to reach his/her full potential. Each child will do this as an individual, but also as part of a larger group. We aim to help children interact socially and relate to others. Most of the children whom teachers are concerned about will have a special need for only a certain time or for a particular stage and will receive sufficient help within school to overcome it.
However, if at any stage, a teacher is concerned about a child’s progress or behaviour he/she will refer the child to our Inclusion Manager (Georgina Herry) She will decide on appropriate assessments to help identify the difficulty. An on-going programme of review, careful observation, specific learning activities and partnership with parents will be established. If these school procedures do not meet the child’s need then further advice will be sought from the Borough Special Needs Advisory Service and the Educational Psychologist. At all times, close liaison is maintained between school staff and parents. We will always have regard for the efficient use of resources for all the children in the school.
Careful records are kept of the children’s progress. Those children on the stages identified in the Code of Practice will have an Individual Education Plan which identifies learning targets for the child to reach. These are reviewed termly and progress measured.
Our special needs resource room is called the Starlight Room. This area is also used for small group and individual work. All staff have access to the resources following advice from our Inclusion Manager.