How does Whitechapel ensure that children who need extra help are identified early?
Children are identified as having special educational needs through a variety of ways including the following:
- A child who is performing below age expected levels
- Concerns raised by a parent or teaching staff
- Liaison with external agencies e.g. Educational Psychology Service
- Health diagnosis through a paediatrician
- If applicable, liaison with previous school or setting
What should you do if you think your child may have special educational needs?
Talk to us. Your first point of communication is with your class teacher. During the coronavirus pandemic, the best way to contact your child's class teacher is via dojo or phone call. If you still have concerns, you can contact Miss Paul our school SENCO. If you feel your child's needs are still not being met you can speak to Mrs Noblett our headteacher.
If my child is identified as requiring extra support, who will plan for and work with my child and how often?
The class teacher is responsible for identifying barriers to learning and planning work for roughly 6 weeks to support your child. Mrs Gnoyke, our learning support assistant, resources the plans and works one to one or in small groups with the children. Mrs Gnoyke feeds back to the class teachers on a weekly basis to ensure that each child's needs are being met both in and out of the classroom.
Plans are regularly adapted and edit to meets the needs of each individual child.
Mrs Gnoyke will work with children anywhere between 2-4 times a week.
Class teachers are responsible for reviewing the learning during extra support and planning new learning if required. Miss Paul (SENCO) oversees the progress of all children identified as having special educational needs.
What is an IEP?
IEP stands for 'individual education plan'. Children who are identified as working behind age related expectations for a prolonged period of time may be placed on an IEP. The class teacher will write this IEP and discuss it with you. Mrs Gnoyke will then work with your children 3-4 times a week for 15 minutes each time. She will contact you once a fortnight to discuss your child's progress and how you can support them at home. An IEP lasts for one half term and is reviewed by the class teacher at the end of each term.
Can my child come off an IEP?
Absolutely. If a child begins to work at age related expectations, they will be removed from their IEP. This will be discussed with you and the class teacher and SENCO will continue to monitor the progress of your child.