The school provides support for a range of special needs which are put into four new broad categories. These are
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional or Mental
- Sensory and Physical
These can be classified into core, additional and high needs, where some children only require minimal interventions and support, while others need additional support to raise the level of their learning. A few children, generally those who have existing Statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans require high needs.
The range of Special Needs and Disabilities at Bessemer Grange Primary School include some of the following
- Aspergers and Autism
- Downs Syndrome
- Speech and Language/Communication difficulties
- Occupational Therapy needs
- Other medical needs
How do we identify and assess children with Special Educational Needs?
Children are identified with Special Educational Needs in a number of different ways.
Children’s needs are identified from;
- Information arising from the child’s pre-school experience.
- Baseline assessments showing what they know, understand and can do.
- Progress against Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum Levels.
- Regular monitoring and tracking of progress through pupil progress meetings
- Information from parents/carers.
- Information and assessments from other professionals.
- Standardised assessments and specific assessments related to the learning need.
- Observations of the child in different settings and their response to change.
- Teacher and/or parent/carer concerns reported to the Inclusion Advisor.