Disabilities & Special Educational Needs

Gods and Monsters - a garden for the Greeks [RHS Tatton 2013] designed and built by 90 pupils year 3-6

The true hallmark of a democracy is not the frequency with which a country holds elections by the manner in which it protects its minorities.

Karl Popper

'Special Educational Needs' is a term for children experiencing significantly greater difficulty than their peers. Children with a disability may also have special educational needs but for others their cognition and learning are unimpaired. We will make reasonable adjustments in provision for children with DSEN which may include additional adult support. Most adjustment and additional support is around the basic skills of literacy and numeracy but can also include areas such as: speech, language and communication (including autistic spectrum, behaviour, emotional and social difficulties or attention deficit); physical or sensory impairment (mobility, motor control, visual or hearing).

In each phase teachers have the main responsibility for provision for children with additional needs. Staff receive training on range of needs including on ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), SpLD (specific dyslexic type difficulties), attachment and trauma and sensory needs. Some have additional expertise and responsibility:

meet the DSEN team

Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Lisa Rutter-Brown. Mrs Rutter-Brown is also our deputy headteacher and has achieved the National SENCo Award.

Mrs Emma Wood is our ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, she works one-to-one and provides drops in sessions for pupils in school.

We have three members of staff trained in specific learning (dyslexic type) difficulties. Mrs Gajjar is a qualified assessor and tutor as is Ms Stewart and Mrs Roberts who support pupils before, during and after the school day.

Our team of highly qualified teaching assistants support children with additional needs throughout the school.

Laura CottamEYFS
Natalie PlumbleyEYFS
Alison GranvilleYear 1
Chloe ThorneYear 1
Wendy BodgerYear 1/2
Emma LishmanYear 2
Jen JonesYear 2
Sarah MilwardYear 3
Natalie HillYear 3/4
Kate SmithYear 4
Emma WoodYear 3/4 and ELSA
Ros CassonYear 5/6
Sharon ClowesYear 5/6
Judith GhaderYear 5/6
Louise KeyYear 5/6
Shila GajjarSpecialist Dyslexia teacher
Carol RobertsSpecialist Literacy teacher
Catriona StewartSpecialist Dyslexia teacher