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Supporting Pupil’s Special Educational Needs and disability

Supporting Statement

At Notre Dame we aim to offer excellence and choice to all our children, whatever their ability or needs. We have high expectations of all our children. We aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. We want all our children to feel that they are a valued part of our school community.

Our aim is to ensure that we meet the needs of all individuals within our school.  Occasionally children experience greater difficulties than those in the same age group. These children are then offered extra support in their work and may sometimes be identified as having Special Educational Needs. 

The school follows the SEND criteria set by the LA.  The school implements the SEND Code of Practice and children with additional needs are recorded on the school SEND register. This record is confidential.  Children’s progress is closely monitored and reviewed at regular intervals by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo).  Children who have an Education, Health and Care Plan are supported in accordance with their individual statement.

Work in class is differentiated in order to meet the needs of all children, including the most able.  Children’s needs are met within the school where possible; however external agencies are consulted, with parental consent, when the need is identified. Most of the time support occurs within the classroom, but on occasions it may be necessary to withdraw the children individually or in a small group.

Children with an Education, Health and Care Plan are supported by the authority and the school is happy to work alongside the specialist support teachers in devising and implementing Individual Programmes in accordance with the Code of Practice.

Parents are invited to discuss concerns about their child’s needs with the class teacher and/or the SEND Co-ordinator.  To ensure continuity SEND records are held by the class teacher and SENDCo and these are available for parents to view by appointment with the school.

Every effort is made to involve parents fully at every stage so that those children may be helped to make the best progress possible.  Focus groups are arranged on a regular basis. 

School Policies & Further Information

For further information please click here to see our ‘Special Educational Needs & Disabilities’.

For a detailed summary of our services for pupils with Special Education Needs & Disablities within the Royal Greenwich Borough please click here to see our 'Local Offer Statement' Report.

Please click here for the Accessibility Plan.