Special Needs

St JohnFisherCatholicPrimary School is an inclusive school and pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are well catered for within our provision. Special Educational Needs is a general term applied to any pupil who has specific learning needs, personal, emotional, behavioural or health issues, which require teachers to make responses beyond the normal teaching styles appropriate for classes and individual pupils.

The school identifies children with learning difficulties through regular assessment and particular diagnostic assessments where appropriate. The needs of the children are met through differentiation within classrooms, through Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and small group or one-to-one support, depending on need.

There are a range of intervention programmes available for St John Fisher pupils in literacy and numeracy throughout school as well as additional social and emotional support where necessary. The school has support available from outside agencies – The LA, Health and Social Services, the Speech and Language Team, Autism Support and Counselling services.

If you have any concerns about your child’s progress, or there is anything you think we should know, please speak to your child’s class teacher initially.

Miss Kiernan, Leader for Inclusion and Diversity, and Mrs Asquith, Inclusion Mentor are also available for advice.

 

The Inclusion Team

The Inclusion Team consists of:

Miss Kiernan (Leader for Inclusion and Diversity)

Mrs Asquith (Inclusion Mentor)

Mrs Golland (Inclusion Teaching Assistant)

Mrs Pickering (Inclusion Teaching Assistant)

We are here to support all children whose circumstances make them vulnerable in any way.  This could be in the short or medium term (bereavement, friendship issues or struggling to settle into a new class) or longer term physical or neuro-disabilities. We work hard to ensure that the needs of all children are met, working with external partners such as the Autism Support Team or Ryegate Children’s Hospital to be certain that each child is able to learn and feel integrated into the school in the best way for them.  A large part of our work is building partnerships with our parents, who, as the first educators, know their children better than we ever could.  While we do not have a magic wand, we strive to meet every situation with a smile and work together to make St John Fisher a welcoming place for all!

If you have any concerns about your child, or there is anything you feel we should know about them, please do not hesitate to contact us.  Miss Kiernan runs a weekly ‘drop-in’ session for parents (please see the office for details) and Mrs Asquith is available for appointments first thing most mornings.  We look forward to seeing you!

 

Document Links

SEND InformationReport 2016

Pupil Premium Report 2014_2016