At the heart of every class is a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessing which takes account of the wide range of abilities and interests of children. The majority of children will learn and make progress within these arrangements. Those children whose overall attainments or attainment in specific subjects or other areas of development, fall significantly outside the expected range, may have additional needs (SEND).
There is an emphasis placed on the experience and expertise of the class teacher and SENDCO (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator) in identifying children with additional needs through their observations. A range of assessment tools are used to help school identify children who may have may have these additional needs. Schools also receive information from parents, pre-school settings and other professional agencies which help us identify children who may need additional support at school. Information from parents also provide school with a vital in-sight into the child’s strengths and difficulties.