Our school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Mrs K Johnston. Appointments can be made with Mrs Johnston through our school office or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At St Matthew’s CE School, we recognise that all children are individuals and not everyone learns at the same pace. All children may experience some difficulties in learning from time to time during their school life. At St Matthew’s CE School, we aim to provide equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum for all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities.
As a school we consider early identification of pupils with additional needs, ensuring that all pupils are given the best opportunity to access the differentiated curriculum. All our teaching staff are involved in the learning and development of pupils with SEND. The first step in supporting all pupils, including those with SEND, is high quality teaching which is differentiated for individual pupils.
When a child is not making expected progress or is identified with an additional need, the class teacher or the Special Needs Coordinator (SENDCO) will speak to the parents. Parents and carers are involved at all stages and are part of the discussions and decisions about the support for their child.
We ensure we make reasonable adjustments to help them overcome their difficulties and ensure that they engage in all activities alongside pupils who do not have SEND. At times this may include some additional support. This support may take place in the classroom, in a small group or on an individual basis. We will then continue to closely monitor the child’s progress by placing them on the special needs register.
It may be necessary to carry out additional assessments to understand the child’s needs. In some cases we may feel we need to seek further advice from outside agencies such the speech and language therapist or an educational psychologist.