Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
At St Austin’s, we believe that every child has the ability to achieve and find success during their time with us. We aim to establish pupils' strengths and educational needs as soon as they start school and in this way, develop programmes of support that will help all of our pupils achieve their potential in their future.
Special Educational Provision means different or additional support other than that which is generally made for children of the same age. Each class teacher finely tunes their teaching to meet the needs of each pupil. However, some children need more specialised support or intervention. This will be delivered in several ways:
Support for a pupil would come from within the school resources, most likely in the form of targeted group support.
School Action Plus
Support for a pupil would come from an external source, in the form of help from an Educational Psychologist, an Occupational Therapist, a Speech, Communication and Language Therapist or a member of the school support service. Parents will always be kept informed when advice is sought.
Statement of Special Needs
In some cases, support given at the School Action and School Action Plus stage may not be enough. When this happens the LA (Local Authority) will consider the need to make a statutory assessment. If it is believed that the child needs more support, then statutory provision will be made by the LA in the form of a statement of Special Needs.
Individual Education Plan
For those children placed on School Action Plus, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written. This is a short document that describes the child's primary needs and details 3 or 4 targets for improvement that will be addressed over the following term. Each individual Education Plan is written and reviewed in consultation between staff and parents. The school encourages parents to attend termly review meetings to discuss the content and progress of IEP targets.
For more information, please refer to the school's Special Educational Needs Policy.
Pupils with Disabilities
At St Austin’s, we believe that all pupils regardless of race, gender or disabilities should have equal access to the curriculum in order to achieve to their highest potential. Currently, the SENCO, class teacher and learning support assistants collaborate in order to provide resources and support that will enable pupils with a learning disability to participate fully in the school curriculum. Our school has been fitted with a lift and hygiene room in KS2 as this building is on two levels, to allow access to pupils with physical disabilities, and has a disabled shower and toilet provision.
Please see our Disability Equality Scheme for further information.
Withdrawal groups have proven to be very successful in enabling access to the curriculum in Literacy and Numeracy. The school provides intervention in the form Literacy and Numeracy support, which provides individual support by trained Teaching Assistants. Additional support is positively enjoyed by pupils and valued by parents as an additional learning opportunity for their children. Additional intervention is also provided depending on the needs of pupils.
Learning Mentor – the school employs a Learning Mentor for half a week using pupil premium funding to support intervention for pupils and families where the need is highlighted.
Please click here to view our Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Information - part of the Wakefield Local Offer