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Brabyns Preparatory School
Supporting Special Educational Needs

At Brabyns we are committed to providing each and every child with a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Our small class sizes mean we can help each child achieve to the best of their ability.

Throughout their School life any child may have a ‘special need’ and there are a wide range of strategies that we can use to meet these needs as they arise. The SEN Code of Practice (2014) states that ‘a child has a learning difficulty if they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities’. Special education needs and provision can be considered under 4 broad areas:

1. Communication and interaction

2. Cognition and learning

3. Social, mental and emotional health

4. Sensory and/or physical

At Brabyns we aim to identify and assess children who are struggling in any of these areas as early as possible. We can then provide intervention programmes that meet the needs of each child and provide opportunities for them to experience challenges and success. By providing intervention within a nurturing environment we aim for all our children to become independent and confident learners.

If a teacher has a concern about the progress of a child in their class, the child will be monitored for a period of time. Through effective assessment and monitoring, and through discussion with parents, we will recommend a plan of action.

To date we have used Individual Learning Plans (formerly known as IEPs) to identify key targets and interventions and record any strategies to be used. We are currently working on developing these plans to make them more children centred, which will be updated regularly as targets are met.

Often in-school targeted help can overcome the difficulties a child is experiencing; for example, extra maths sessions to help with confidence with numbers. However, if after a period of time, school interventions do not seem to be having the desired affect we will seek the help of an appropriate outside agency or specialist. We work closely with any external services and parents to ensure that every child gets the help they need.

If you would like to know more about SEN please get in touch.

Mrs Manson, SENCo

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