Our Special Educational Needs co-ordinator is Mrs Tinker. Pupils with identified Special Educational Needs are welcomed at Ninelands. The majority of SEN children are supported though targets at the 'School Support' stage. These are written internally by teachers or externally by specialist support services and agreed with parents. Children with more complex needs may have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Individual Education Heath Care Plan (EHCP) and targets and support are additionally agreed in conjuction with the Local Education Authority. The governing body, together with the headteacher, discuss and establish appropriate staffing and funding for special needs. The vast majority of SEN funding comes from the existing school budget. The school may receive 'top up' funding for children with increasingly complex needs through ‘Funding For Inclusion’ from the Local Education Authority.
Class teachers initially identify children with SEN through assessments, and differentiation of learning activities will be employed or support given. In some cases the action will mean the child’s needs are resolved. Those children whose progress or attainment is significantly below their peers, or who have a specific difficulty, will be placed on the SEN register. If we feel that your child’s needs should be closely monitored in this way we will contact you and discuss the situation with you. Some children may be referred to outside agencies for further support. We will keep you informed as to how your child is progressing at all times and suggest ways in which you can help to support your child’s learning at home. For children who have particular physical needs, we provide two hygiene suites, one in each building, with hoisting, washing and toilet facilities. There is a lift in the KS2 building to aid disabled access to the upper floor.
The Educational Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and School Support Services liaise with the school to offer guidance and support. Annual reviews are held for children who have statements or EHCPs. The special needs co-ordinator is Mrs Tinker. There is a school governor with responsibility for special needs issues.
The School’s Special Needs Policy meets the requirements of the Code of Practice for SEN. For more information, see the relevant policies and click on the Leeds City Council link at the bottom of the page.
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