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How do we identify if a child needs extra help or has Special Educational Needs?

We continually monitor the progress of our pupils and follow our Graduated Approach to Assess, Plan, Do and Review, this is a cyclical process and the first step are explained below.  If you have concerns then please make an appointment to discuss this with your child’s class teacher.


There are various ways that we assess children to decide whether they need to go on to the SEN register. These include:

  • Teacher assessments
  • Teacher’s knowledge of the child
  • Pupil progress meetings – this is a termly meeting between the class teacher and senior teachers. During these meetings both the progress and attainment is carefully monitored
  • Parents views of the child’s development recently and over time
  • The views of the pupil
  • Advice and recommendations made from outside agencies
  • Standardised assessments and classroom observations of the child 

The above information will be discussed by the SENCo, class teacher, parent, child and support staff.