Despite differentiated learning opportunities, reasons can include the pupil:
Has a standardised score of between < 80 on a test
Makes little or no progress
Has difficulty developing literacy and/or numeracy skills
Has persistent Behaviour/Emotional/Social Difficulties despite behaviour management strategies or an individualised programme
Makes little or no progress with sensory/physical difficulties despite specialist equipment and/or advice
Makes little or no progress with communication/interaction despite a differentiated curriculum
Has additional needs that can be met ‘in-house’ but are still different from or additional to the peer group
Has achieved National Curriculum levels/Foundation Phase Outcomes substantially lower than expected
Has ongoing communication issues
Additional needs significant enough to warrant a diagnosis or referral to/involvement of external agencies or therapeutic services or CCBC specialist/advisory services.
Please don't worry. Every school has one. There are currently 105 children on ours. It's our way of ensuring your child gets the support they need. It's reviewed regularly and if your child makes sufficient progress, they will be removed. Also, it's confidential. It's not displayed anywhere. Only those involved in teaching your child have access to all the information on it. Please know that you can make an appointment to discuss your worries/concerns with Mrs Jones, the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator at any time. We also hold monthly 'SENCo Surgeries' after school for you to come and have a chat.
Children don't have to be on the SEN register to receive support. We call some support strategies 'Early Intervention' or EI - that is, if we some put in support early enough, it will prevent your child from having to be entered on the SEN register. Children do not have to be on the SEN register to access support from our Family Liaison Officer or our Social Inclusion groups in the 'Snug.'
We target some children for 'in class support' with the class Additional Practitioner (teaching assistant.) Maybe your child doesn't realise they are having this support, as it's just part of their normal day!
However, if you feel your child's needs are not appropriately supported/met, please make an appointment for a chat with their teacher or Mrs Jones, the ALNCo.