Some pupils have special educational needs and we aim to identify these pupils as soon as possible and provide support. We work closely with teachers, teaching assistants and parents to provide the appropriate level of support for each child, using specialised programmes of work if needed. Class teachers differentiate within the classroom to enable all children to reach their full potential. Pupils may work individually, or in groups, supported by teaching assistants, voluntary reading helpers and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. The school also takes advice from other professionals when needed and is supported in school by the Special Needs Advisory Support Teacher, Educational Psychologist and Speech Therapist.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) liaises with teachers and teaching assistants to discuss and plan for the needs of children with special educational needs; setting up programmes of work, and also providing and recommending resources for use in the classroom and individually. We have strong links with Yarnton Playgroup and our SENCO meets with playgroup supervisors to ensure that we are aware of any children with special needs before they move up to our school in September. This enables us to plan to meet their needs as soon as they arrive.
Similarly we have strong links with the Marlborough School and ensure that they have all the necessary information for children moving to them from Year 6 to ensure continuity of support if necessary. We also liaise with other schools when we have mid-phase transfers to ensure that all the pupil information is available to us. We are committed to continuously improving accessibility to our school for disabled pupils for the curriculum and all school information through our annual school Access Plan which is available in school.
The Headteacher, SENCO and Special Needs Governor constantly monitor the effectiveness of special needs in the school.