Additional Educational Needs
At Abercarn Primary we understand that ALL children share the right to a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum. We also acknowledge that all teachers are teachers of children with special needs / additional needs. Some children have special educational needs that prevent, hinder or delay the learning process at school. The problem may be the result of a learning, physical, social, behavioural, speech, language, communication, emotional or a medical condition. Under the Code of Practice, a framework for identifying children with Special Educational Needs is in place within the school. It is the policy of Abercarn Primary School to follow the ‘Staged Model’ as recommended in the Education Act.
It is usually the class teacher or parent who initially identifies a child with special needs. The class teacher then assesses the needs of the child and informs the Additional Needs Co-ordinator, who, following further assessment and in full consultation with parents/guardians, places the child on the Special Needs register. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) with targets and strategies to support the child is developed by the class teacher with the support of the school SENCO. Together they monitor the progress made by the child and involve parents in the discussions in the Review Meetings. If a child needs more support than the school can provide, the school, with parental consent, will seek advice and support from the appropriate outside agencies.
Additional Educational Needs also includes those pupils who are recognised as being more able or talented in certain areas of the curriculum. The school must ensure that these children fulfil their potential. Therefore, individual planning may be needed for these pupils.
The school has an information booklet for parents with children with Additional Educational Needs. Copies can be obtained from the Parents’ Information Centre in the main Reception Area. The school’s SEN Policy is also available for parents.
The school has access to a number of other agencies and LA Support Services including: Behaviour Support Services, Educational Psychology Service, Speech Therapists Physiotherapists, Advisory teachers, Risca Health Centre and Voluntary and Charitable Organisations.