Special Educational Needs and Disability
At Mount Stewart Infant School, we aim to identify, at the earliest opportunity, all children who need special consideration to support their physical, sensory, social, emotional, communication or cognitive development. This is done with due regard to the SEND Code of Practice 2015 and in accordance with current regulations as specified within the following documents:
- - Mount Stewart Infant School SEN Policy 2016
- - SEND Code of Practice (0-25) 2016
- - Inclusive Schooling DfES 2001
- - National Curriculum DfES 2014
- - SEN and Disability Act 2001
- - Equality Act 2010
- - Children and Families Act 2014
Pupils with SEND will have access to a broad and balanced curriculum through quality first teaching. We also provide additional and different provision, in order to support pupils when necessary.
Interventions and provisions are personalised, in order to remove any barriers to learning. We use rigorous systems to monitor pupil progress and maximise learning. Our goal is to ensure that all children have access to the curriculum and in school activities, in order to achieve their full potential.
Identifying children’s additional needs
This starts from our first contact with parents and carers when a child enters our school. We are pro-active in identifying any additional needs early, including the needs of children with statements who are transferring in from nursery, so that we can provide the appropriate intervention to match the needs. We work with a range of outside agencies from Education, Health and Social Care, to ensure that pupils receive the correct support.
Involving parents/carers and pupils in planning support
Parents can approach their child’s class teacher at any time if they are worried about their child’s progress. Parental involvement is crucial in supporting a child’s learning. Parents will be invited to meet with the class teacher and SENCO to discuss the provisions for their child. They will obtain advice on how to help at home, e.g. managing behaviour or other strategies. Regular contact between home and school are encouraged. Copies of any specialist assessment reports are given to parents and can be discussed with the SENCO and class teacher.
All Brent maintained schools have a similar approach to meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs and are supported by the local authority to ensure that all pupils, regardless of their specific needs, make the best possible progress in school. All schools are supported to be as inclusive as possible, with the needs of pupils with special educational needs being met in a mainstream setting wherever possible, where families want this to happen.
Mount Stewart Infant is a fully inclusive school which ensures that all pupils achieve their potential, personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum (regardless of their gender, ethnicity, social background, religion, sexual identity, physical ability or educational needs).
This document is intended to give you information regarding the ways in which we ensure we support all of our pupils including those with SEN and disabilities, in order that they can reach their full potential. It may not list every skill, resource and technique we employ in order to achieve this, as these are continually developed and used to modify our provision to meet the changing requirements for individual children.
Children are identified as having SEN when their progress has slowed or stopped and interventions and resources put in place do not enable improvement. Once this occurs, we have specific needs based plans and pupil profiles, which help support their development and accelerate progress.
Children at Mount Stewart Infant School make good progress and achieve in line with other schools nationally with SEN. Other useful documents such as our SEND/Inclusion Policy and Disability Accessibility Plan are available on the school website. If you would like further information about what we offer here at Mount Stewart Infant, then please do not hesitate to contact us directly.