In compliance with the Code of Practice of Assessment of Individual Educational Needs, the school makes itself aware of children who need support with their work.
If you have any concerns about your child’s Special Educational Needs, please feel free to discuss them us.
We also recognise that children may be particularly talented. This may be in an academic subject or in an area not directly delivered through the general curriculum. Pupils identified as gifted and talented will be provided with additional opportunities for them to develop their individual skills within the curriculum and through extra-curricular activities. If your child participates at a high level in any activity, sporting or otherwise, out of school please let us know.
It is also helpful if we are told of situations that may disturb your child temporarily so that we may support them appropriately in school. As some stage in a child’s school year nearly all will require some additional support and understanding.
Special Educational Needs Department
The Teaching Assistant (TA) timetables are set by the SEN Department each year in order to provide support across the curriculum for pupils in all year groups with SEN. Each TA will have a timetable indicating the pupils in each class who require additional support.
How much support will my child receive?
This depends very much upon your child’s needs. We aim to keep a balance between supporting your child’s understanding and growth in confidence with encouraging them to become more independent.
What will happen about my child’s Individual Education Plan(IEP)?
IEPs are reviewed twice a year. Targets are usually set by your child’s current school which will come up with them. These will be reviewed at the end of the first half term at Ralph Sadleir and new targets set in consultation with teachers, any relevant external agencies and of course you and your child. These will again be reviewed at the end of the spring term with new targets being set.
What if my child has a statement?
A member of the SEN department from Ralph Sadleir should already have been to the most recent statement review at your child’s current school in preparation for their transfer to us. This is usually the SENCo, Head of Year 5 or an experienced TA. Statement reviews will continue annually just as before and we will inform you of the dates as soon as know them. We will try to be flexible when necessary but we also have to work around the educational psychologist and other external agencies involved, so dates are usually set early on in the year to ensure everyone can make the meeting. The targets from your child’s statement are used to plan their IEP targets each term.
Who do I speak to if I am worried?
Your first port of call should always be your child’s class teacher or tutor. If you need to speak to someone regarding a specific issue with your child’s special educational needs you can contact the SEN department via the school office.