Special Educational Needs
We provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and provide high quality teaching with high expectations set for all individuals. The Jersey Curriculum is our starting point for planning that meets the specific needs of individuals and groups of children. Development Matters is used in the Foundation Stage. When planning, teachers set suitable learning challenges and respond to children’s diverse learning needs.
Some children may have barriers to learning that mean they may have Special Educational Needs (SEN) and require specific action by the school. Children may have special educational needs either throughout or at any time during their school career.
The broad areas of need are:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and learning
- Social, emotional and mental health needs
- Sensory and /or physical needs
Mrs Brady is our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), and she is responsible for ensuring that children with SEN receive appropriate support.
Parents know their children best and should they have any concerns, we will listen, understand and aim to provide support. In the first instance parents talk to their child’s class teacher, so that they are aware of any concerns and can plan accordingly, with individual targets. If appropriate, children are added to the school inclusion register, and given additional support. The SENCO may make a referral to outside agencies such as speech and language or the occupational therapist if appropriate.
PARM (Planning and Review Meeting)
Every term the SENCO has a meeting with a range of professionals that include the Headteacher, Educational Psychologist, Educational Welfare Officer, Emotional Well Being Officer and a member of the SEMHIT (Social, Emotional, Mental, Health Inclusion Team)
In this meeting specific children are discussed and strategies discussed for meeting their needs. This may include referrals to different specialists (see the Jersey Online Directory below)
If any referrals or plans are required, parents are kept informed every step of the way.
ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)
In the PARM we may discuss children who need some emotional support. We have two ELSAs, Mrs Kate Hart and Mrs Loretta Cullinane, who support children in the school on a 6 week programme in our wonderful ELSA room. Children may also be referred to the Education Emotional Well Being Officer assigned to our school.
In the PARM we prioritise the children who need support but occasionally due to different circumstances a child may receive a longer programme or be made an urgent priority. We aim to support everyone on the list.
Jersey Online Directory
There are times when we all need a little support and advice. Please have a look at the Jersey Online Directory to see the support and specialists that are available in our island.
Please click on the links below for more information about support services available.