Special Educational Needs
At Driffield Infant School our aim is to provide a challenging and stimulating curriculum for children of all abilities. The vast majority of pupils make progress as a result of good classroom teaching.
We recognise that some children have additional special educational needs and we address each child’s needs on an individual basis. If your child is placed on the schools Special Educational Needs register you will be notified in writing and given the opportunity to respond in writing and speak with the class teacher and the Special Needs Co-ordinator
Sometimes, children for a variety of reasons will struggle to make the required progress. This is picked up though classroom observation and termly tracking of progress. Sometimes all children need is some extra support/intervention on a short term basis and they will catch up.
If, following this early, short term intervention, the child still does not make progress they may be placed on the School Special Educational Needs Register (SEN register).
The first stage of this is School Action. Children are given an IEP (Individual Education Plan) which has personal targets for the child to work towards. These are shared with parents. The child will receive differing levels of support depending on their need including intervention groups, support of teacher and teaching assistants. Regular meetings are held with parents to discuss the child progress.
If we feel the child still fails to make progress they will be assessed by an Outside agency or specialist teacher who will offer specialist advice. This is referred to as School Action Plus.
If a child has profound special educational needs, a statement may be issued by the Local Authority. This will follow intense assessment of the child’s need and will outline the provision the child need to make progress.
Children who are identified as having special educational needs are provided with targets to work towards. We encourage parents to support us in following the targets provided for their children.
At our school we believe that every child has the right to make progress and invest time and money to enable the to do so. We have a Teaching Assistant in every class as well as 3 additional Teaching Assistants specialising in SEN. Our TAs are targeted to give support where it is needed. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator has been awarded the National Diploma and also has a degree in SEN.
NB We are currently reviewing our SEN provision in light of the new SEN Code of Practice (2014) Please see our SEN page in the About Us section for further details, you will also find our Local Offer published there.