April 2008 - There are some changes to the process in which IEPs are written. For the new guidance, click here
At Katherine Semar Juniors we aim to offer a fully inclusive ethos, working to ensure all our pupils are able to access the curriculum.
We work closely with the Essex LEA special educational needs team of specialists including specialist teachers, educational psychologists and health workers.
If you have any questions about any aspect of inclusion please contact me at school.
English as additional language.
A number of children in the school have English as additional language; we aim to fully integrate these pupils into our school community. We have a specialist teaching assistant with a qualification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), who provides weekly lessons.
We also offer support to parents and carers of children with English as additional language and find children learn English very quickly once immersed in everyday school life.
We have a Polish Club, which meets each week to develop the children's home language.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
We have clear procedures for identifying children with Special Educational Needs. A special educational need may be linked to Literacy or Numeracy difficulties or may be associated with behavioural or physical and neurological needs.
We follow the Essex Code of Practice for SEN (Click the link for further information.)
Once a pupil’s needs are identified, a specialist opinion may be sought; the pupils are then identified as either School Action, School Action Plus or Statemented. An Individual Educational Plan (IEP) is put in place outlining a set of targets for the pupil and the support to be provided. The support may be on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. IEPs are regularly reviewed and updated following consultation with parents/carers, we also frequently monitor the pupils’ progress through regular assessments.
We are fortunate to have an excellent team of teaching assistants offering support in the classroom or by running specific target groups.
Gifted and Talented
We also have a register to identify children who are considered gifted and talented in a particular area. Children may show a talent for sport, music or art and the school provides additional opportunities for these pupils both within the curriculum and as extra-curricular activities.
Those pupils who are identified as academically gifted are catered for through differentiation and extension work in lessons and additional opportunities within the curriculum.
Further information on Gifted and Talented
National Association of Gifted Children (Click the link for further information.)
Inclusion manager – Mr. M. A. Johnson