Many children at some time will benefit from extra support in one or more areas of their learning. This may be due to short-term difficulties or long-term barriers such as dyslexia. It is accepted that the earlier such needs are addressed the better the child will learn to overcome them. We are trained an experienced in recognising any difficulties early and we put in place support very quickly – this may be in the form or one-to-one extra help or small group learning ie: 3 or 4 pupils in a group.
We cater for all needs whether they are educational, emotional, physical or behavioural and have always seen it as a priority to ensure that they have full access to the curriculum.
We offer excellence and choice to each child whatever their ability or needs and we have high expectations of all our children. We aim to achieve this through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. We want all children to feel valued and will look for particular strengths whether they are academic or creative. We understand that all children have different educational, behavioural, emotional and physical needs and require different strategies for learning. They acquire, absorb and communicate information at different rates and that they need a range of different teaching approaches and experiences to achieve.
At St. George’s Independent School our SENCO (Emma Marshall) ensures we meet the needs of all our pupils by:
- Discussing and reviewing pupils’ progress with class teachers
- Working with class teachers to come up with a suitable programme of support
- Working with outside agencies where appropriate
- Training and advising other staff of SEND updates
- Monitoring and reviewing paperwork such as Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Education, health and care plans (EHCPs)
- Reviewing and updating policy.
We work alongside the parents and there is a strong home / school link established with regular review meetings arranged involving the parents, class teacher and SENCO where appropriate.
High Potential Learners
At St. George’s Independent School, we believe that any child who is excelling in a particular area either academically or creatively is seen as a high potential learner. Our aim is to ensure that they will be given opportunities to further develop and enhance their skills in that area.
We do this in school by:
- Setting individual targets and work aimed at extending the learning
- Providing opportunities to develop their own learning such as project work and our Enquiry Based Curriculum.
- Trips and visits
- Specialist Teaching
- Entering competitions
High Potential Learners are assessed and monitored throughout the year using:
- Teacher assessments
- Formal Testing
- SATs Papers