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Special Educational Needs and Disability

Special Educational Needs means that a child needs something special providing for them, which is additional to, or different from, the educational provision made generally for children their age, in order for them to reach their full potential or to be fully included in the school.

Some children on the Special Educational Needs register do have a lower academic ability than others or have difficulties with understanding and attainment. However, it is also important to note that this is often not the case; being told that your child has ‘special needs’ does not necessarily mean that he or she is ‘behind’ their peers in their learning or of low ability.

There are many reasons why a child may find learning difficult. For example, the pupil may be experiencing emotional difficulties, they may need a course of speech therapy, be coping with dyslexia, have problems with their hearing or have a medical condition or disability which requires special attention. If these difficulties are managed effectively, there is no reason why the child cannot reach his / her potential.

Further information:

‘Pupils behave extremely well, applying themselves diligently to their work, and enjoy positive relationships with each’…
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‘Teachers and teaching assistants have high expectations of what pupils can and do achieve. ‘…
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‘High expectation across the curriculum leads to pupils being very well prepared for their next stage of education’…
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‘Parents are overwhelmingly supportive of the school. They are pleased with the quality of their children’s education’…
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‘Standards in reading, writing and mathematics surpass national averages by a significant margin’…
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‘The whole-school focus on developing speaking and listening skills is successfully increasing pupils’ proficiency to articulate their thoughts and develop a wider vocabulary’…
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‘The exciting, well-planned, broad and balanced curriculum inspires pupils to extend their knowledge and deepens their interest in the topics they cover’…
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‘The early years provision is exemplary. Children are engaged, motivated and make rapid progress through a rich diet of learning experiences’…
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‘Staff work together well, providing a rounded approach to meeting the social, emotional and academic needs of pupils. ‘…
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