Special Educational Needs at St Joseph's

Provision For Special Educational Needs

Just under 40% of our pupils are on the special needs register, which is higher than the national average. Most children are on the early stages of the register, meaning that they have experienced some difficulties with keeping up and their problems have been identified and addressed. Very few pupils in our school have Health and Care Plans, but those that have one receive extra support inside and outside the classroom.

A number of pupils benefit from the Local Authority's Learning Support Initiative. All children on the register have work matched to them in class, and some have an individual education plan (IEP) with achievable targets. These are reviewed at regular intervals. Some children may be placed on the register if they experience emotional and behavioural difficulties which affect their progress and that of other pupils. They too receive special care and attention, including an IEP.

A member of staff is designated Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). The teacher is responsible for coordinating information, progress review meetings with parents and help from specialist colleagues. The SENCO also has the responsibility of co-ordinating the work of teaching assistants (TAs). It is the responsibility of the class teacher to draw on such expertise.

Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo)

Our school SENCo is Mrs Anna Smith.

If your child has special needs please do feel free to speak with the Head, class teacher or SENCo. We see our teaching of pupils with special needs very much as a joint effort and we rely on a close working relationship with parents.