At Polperro School we embrace the fact that every child is different and, therefore, the educational needs of every child are different. For some children this may mean that they have Special Educational Needs. In terms of what we offer children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, it is important to emphasise that, as much as possible, this provision is designed by the relevant staff members working alongside the child, the child’s family and, where necessary, outside agencies* (e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or an Educational Psychologist).
All children are set targets and encouraged to set their own personal goals. Pupils' targets will be connected to learning and will often be specifically to do with English and maths. For other children, they may be to do with social interaction, communicating with children and adults, emotional difficulties, overcoming physical issues (for example problems to do with fine motor control) … the list is endless! The most important point is this: the targets depend on the needs of the child.
The school offers many different forms of additional provision. This can include: additional in-class support; additional out-of-class support; one-to-one support; flexible groupings (including small group work); access to specific resources; and access to a wide range of outside agencies*. Additional provision and intervention programmes are monitored and discussed regularly to ensure that the pupil is making expected or better than expected progress and whether the provision is successful or needs changing. The staff in Polperro School are kept up to date with training and the latest developments in SEN education and how to ensure excellent rates of progress for the pupils.
We ensure that all our extra-curricular activities, including residential trips, are adapted for children’s specific needs. We are delighted that our pupils with Special Educational Needs are confident and happy to participate fully in school trips, residentials, extra-curricular clubs, creative and performance events, sports teams and school committees.
If you have any queries about our local offer please contact the school.
Our Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator is Hannah Lockyer and our SEND Governor is Helen Casson.
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