SEN (Special Education Needs)

At Brainfield School we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible outcomes for all of our students whatever their needs and abilities.

We seek to ensure that students with SEN are fully included in all aspects of school life. We believe that students with SEN and their parents should be at the heart of planning and decision making. We aim to provide opportunities for students with SEN and their parents to play an active role in planning their provision in accordance with the Brainfield SEN policy.

FAQs for Parents

The best thing to do is to make an appointment to have a chat with your child’s class teacher. They will listen to your concerns and talk about what your child is like at school.

Together you will decide what needs to happen next. This might simply be a case of monitoring the situation, or together you might decide to put some extra support in place.

Sometimes it might be appropriate for you to have a chat with the SEND therapist (special educational needs and disabilities specialist); the class teacher will discuss this with you

If your child’s class teacher has any concerns about the progress they will arrange to meet you online or in-person to talk about what those concerns are. They will be interested in hearing your views too and might ask you questions about what your child is like at home, what their strengths are as well as their weaknesses. They might also ask you questions about their earlier development.

Together you will decide what needs to happen next. This might be a case of monitoring the situation, or together you might decide to put some extra support in place. Sometimes it might be appropriate for you to have a chat with the SEND therapist (special educational needs and disabilities specialist); the class teacher will discuss this with you

To decide whether or not a student has special educational needs we look at the legal definition of SEN in the SEND Code of Practice. This says that:

“A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. A child has a learning difficulty or disability if they;

  1. Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
  2. Have a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.”

Our decision is based on lots of things. Your views are very important, as are the views of your child and the class teacher. We look at progress and the work in class. We observe students both inside and outside the classroom. We sometimes carry out a range of tests so that we have a better understanding of your child’s strengths and weaknesses. This helps us to target support more effectively.

The type of support your child receives will depend upon their individual needs and is tailored to help them to achieve positive outcomes. The type of support currently offered in school includes:

  1. Differentiation and scaffolding – this is when the class teacher modifies work to enable students to do similar work to the other children in the class
  2. Small group work – either in or out of the online classroom with adult support
  3. One to one support
  4. Specialized programs for students with particular learning difficulties such as reading, spelling or mathematical difficulties
  5. Life skills online groups
  6. Social skills online programs
  7. Communication programs for students with interaction difficulties
  8. Language enrichment groups for students who need to develop their vocabulary
  9. Speech and language therapy programs
  10. Fine and gross motor skills programs
  11. Behavior programs

Many students with SEN have an individual support plan which provides details about the extra support they are receiving from the school or therapist and helps parents to support their child at home. The class teacher and SEN counselor will also be happy to help you with ideas for home.

You will be invited to attend regular progress meetings (online or in-person) with your child’s class teacher. At the meeting, you will have the chance to discuss the progress that has been made, and together you can plan what the next steps are.

If your child is getting support from an outside agency they may review your child’s progress by asking you to come and meet with them, chat on the phone or send you a report

Some students can find it difficult when they make the move from one class to another at the start of a new school year. This can be a very worrying time for parents too, especially when students move from one grade to the next or from primary to secondary classes. For students who would benefit from additional support, we make special transition arrangements.

Your child’s class teacher should always be your first point of contact and most concerns are easily addressed this way. If you would prefer to, you can talk to the school Principal. We encourage all parents to share their concerns quickly.

Helpful websites to visit

Autism Little Learners:
A website offering free social stories for children to help understand life during COVID19

Parent Champions:
A website supporting parents of children with reading and writing difficulties.

Nessy:
A website which supports children with reading or writing difficulties and children with dyslexia.

I Can:
A website for supporting children with speech and language difficulties

Wheel of Apps:
A list of suggested iPad Apps for learners with dyslexia, reading, writing and maths

Family Maths Toolkit:
A website for supporting children with maths difficulties.

Dyslexia Action:
A website giving more information about Dyslexia.