Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) Department
Ms Whichcord leads the SEND Department in her role as Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for inclusion. Mrs Standen is our SEND Co-ordinator. Class teachers are responsible for the progress of all of the children, including those with SEND. We have prioritised funding to ensure that SEND children are taught in small groups with a qualified teacher. Other important team members include our specialist Teaching Assistants (physical development, speech & language, autism), Senior Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants who deliver specific programmes under the leadership of the class teacher.
Our vision is for a happy, caring environment where everyone can achieve success, be valued and develop self-belief. The school will be an integral part of our diverse community - healthy and safe, with opportunities for all.
“Inclusion is what we do”
At Cliftonville Primary School all children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their SEND. We will support their learning and fully include them in all aspects of school life. The points 1 - 5 are the key elements of the work of our teachers, with 4 and 5 relating in particular to children with SEND.
1. Quality first teaching in the classroom to all pupils
2. Individualised targets that have challenge
3. Assessment, analysis and reflection embedded within day to day practice supporting all pupils and the schools progress
4. Early identification of concerns followed by efficient and effective processes where communication is key
between staff, parents and carers, external agencies (such as the school nurse, Orchard House) and pupils
5. Well-developed and effective intervention programmes that will support any child in their learning
What are special educational needs?
A child has SEND if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children of about the same age. Many children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. Our school can help most children overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily. A few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.
So SEND could mean that a child has:
Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed. You should not assume, just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, that your child has special educational needs.
A small number of our children at Cliftonville Primary School are at the early stages of learning English (EAL pupils). Being EAL is not a special educational need in itself and their needs are met through our specialist EAL qualified teacher, Mrs Kirby. We recognise that some children may be EAL and have a SEND such as physical disability.
Pupil progress is monitored six times a year at Cliftonville Primary School and data is formally shared with parents and carers at Parents' Evenings. Mrs Standen or the class teacher may contact you if we have a concern about any aspect of your child's development. If you have any concerns, the school has a very open-door policy and staff will always meet with you to discuss any worries you have - no matter how small.