Special Educational Needs

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What are Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term. It describes the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children of their age.

Around one in five children has SEN at some point during their school years. Some children have SEN right through their time in school.

SEN covers a broad spectrum of difficulty or disability. Children may have wide-ranging or specific problems.

The parents are highly satisfied with the education and support provided for their children.

Responses to the parents’ pre-inspection questionnaires show an exceptionally high level of support for almost all aspects of the work of the school, all of which were confirmed by the inspection findings.

- Independent Schools Inspectorate

Some children have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn.

For example:

  • Behavioural / social, Asperger (eg difficulty making friends)
  • Reading and writing, such as letters (eg dyslexia)
  • Dyscalculia, difficulties with numbers and life skills such as telling the time and counting basic money
  • Understanding instructions, and basic things
  • Organisation, memory concentrating (eg Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Physical needs or impairments, such as sight

Moorland School creates a warm, safe learning environment, which builds upon children’s confidences through, nurturing, praising and supporting our children.

We must recognise that we all have different strengths, abilities and interests and therefore it would be unrealistic to expect to be good at everything. As we know some things just simply come harder to others.

However this means that we must celebrate our strengths, and work on our confidences where we perceive there to be a weakness. Our teaching team fully realise, support and differentiate for the various types of learning styles.

All of our teachers and SENCO receive regular SEN training, whether through in house Insets or via external courses, and naturally we receive all government and ISI news and policy updates.

Moorland School produces regular Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), and these are developed; monitored and evaluated with both students and parents. Moorland School also currently employ 7 Teaching Assistants, (April 2014), who are responsible for supporting all students both academically and socially.

Mr Harrison our school’s Headteacher believes that everybody is on the SEN spectrum, but we have learnt to cope and have often unconsciously developed strategies to manage or lessen their affects. For example many of us have OCD, this maybe extremely mild, for example you cannot concentrate when the house is a mess, or severe where you may need to constantly wash your hands after you have touched something.

Who to talk to if your child has special educational needs?

If you think your child may have special educational needs, contact the person in your child’s school, or nursery, responsible for special educational needs.

This person is called the ‘SEN coordinator’, or ‘SENCO’.

Moorland School SENCO – Miss Lauren Myers

Moorland Junior School – Miss Kelly Blackshaw

Moorland Nursery – Mrs Danni Fielding

Contact the local council or your doctor if your child is not in a school or nursery.

Contact your local Parent Partnership Service for impartial advice about special educational needs.

SEN Magazine is an invaluable resource and essential reading.