Planning and giving additional support.
Planning For and Supporting Specific Needs
Once you and the class teacher have decided to place your child on the school’s Special Educational Needs (SEND) register a meeting will take place between yourself, the child’s class teacher and the Special educational needs co-ordinator (Senco) to discuss your child’s needs. It is important that your child is also part of this process and has the opportunity to share his/ her own views as far as possible.
A plan of special support called a Learning Passport will then be started as a way to identify the outcomes we wish to achieve. In setting targets we will follow a cycle of:
Much of the information about your child will already have been collected on the way to reaching this point. If it is felt that some information is missing then we will try and arrange to get an angency to provide that information.
At an initial meeting all this information will be considered, along with your views and that of your child. This discussion will be focussed on deciding what specific things we need to try and achieve for your child. Longer term goals will be formulated into small achieveable targets and these will all be put together in something that we call "A Learning Passport".
Your child’s Learning Passport will include:
- What your child’s targets are (specific areas focussed on their needs following careful assessment). Targets will be small steps that can be measured easily so that we can see how progress is being made.
- What we want to outcomes of the plan to be.
- How you can help at home.
Your child's Learning Passport will also include details of the support we will be able to give to support the plan. This may be a different approach within the classroom or a little bit of additional adult support. For some children with specific needs a regular amount of additional adult support will be provided. Often this will be as part of a group of children who have similar needs. For some children small amounts of 1-1 support may be appropriate as they will undertake some very specific learning on a regular basis.
We will undertake the support that has been outlined in the plan. This might include seeking your help at home as well as at school. Our aim will be to offer support, but in a way that will not make your child too dependent on support.
Your child's targets will be reviewed regulalrly as they work through the agreed areas of focus. As the Learning Passport has small steps they need to be regularly changed - so that your child continues to be challeneged with the right learning. Learning Passports will be reviewed with you and progress discussed three times a year during parent’s evenings. Your contribution will be sought at these review meetings. Teachers will arrange for you to have a slightly longer slot at parents evenings to allow for this extra discussion.