Special & Additional Educational Needs
Children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.
Children have a learning difficulty if they:
Special educational provision means for children of three or over, educational provision which is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of their age in schools maintained by the LEA, other than special schools, in the area
A copy of the School’s Special Needs policy is available for interested parties to view at the school. The fundamental principles which underpin our Special Educational Needs Policy are:
(Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales – National Assembly for Wales 2002)
As a point of policy Pencoed Primary School will therefore strive to:
Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) are reviewed and agreed with children and their parents at least twice during an academic year. Plans are signed by all partners.
Most of our support for pupils who have special educational needs occurs in class. That is, the class teacher will plan a differentiated set of activities which cater for the child’s individual needs. This is supported by the work of our Learning Support Officer(s) who delivers activities for specific pupils. This may involve withdrawing pupils to our well appointed Reading Resource Area for individual tuition on a specific aspect of their work. There is always a close liaison between the Learning Support Officer(s) and the Class Teacher.
The school also benefits from an observation class for Foundation Phase pupils with additional learning needs and two Key Stage 2 special support classes for pupils with mild learning difficulties. The pupil/teacher ratio(s) in these classes means that work is closely planned for specific individual need. Pupils enter these classes after consultation between the teacher, SENCO, Head Teacher, Educational Psychologist and parents.