Gossops Green is a school which welcomes pupils of all abilities and backgrounds and ensures that all have the best possible access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum, relevant to their needs. A child will have special needs if they are very able, has learning difficulties, has a medical condition, has a physical disability or has emotional and behavioural difficulties. We aim to identify ways in which all pupils can reach their potential and provide a supportive framework for all pupils with special educational needs (SEND), taking into account the nature and degree of each child’s needs.
SEND pupils are integrated into classes with the support of Mrs C Humphrey, the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO), who is available for advice or to discuss any concerns that parents may have. Our highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants adapt the curriculum to meet individual pupil’s needs. Support may take the form of differentiated classroom activities, individual or small group support in or out of the classroom, specialist help from the SENDCO or other SEND specialists and/or specialist help provided through external agents such as educational psychologists and speech and language therapists including Mrs J Cross. The governor with responsibility for ensuring that Special Needs regulations are met is Mrs C Crunden.
Support for ALL
Pupils with specific learning or behaviour needs may be given an Individual Learning Plan (ILP), a Positive Behaviour Plan (PBP) or an Individual Behaviour Plan (IBP) as appropriate. These plans are reviewed at least once a term. Currently, the school meets all the accessibility criteria for our current group of children and we have an Accessibility Plan to improve this in the coming years. The full text of this is available from the school upon request.
All parents are kept informed of their child’s progress through regular ‘Structured Conversations’ with class teachers. In addition, parents of children with SEND are fully involved in decisions regarding assessments and advised strategies for their child and are always invited to meetings with outside agencies when their child is discussed.
Pupils may have barriers to learning caused by social and emotional needs such as poor self-esteem, anger management problems, social and communication difficulties, emotional problems, friendship difficulties, bereavement or difficulties at home. In such cases, they may be referred to our Learning Mentors, Mrs C Cooper and Mrs J Browne who aim to re-engage pupils in their learning. Our Learning Mentors work both with the child and his/her carers as active listeners and encouragers. The aim is to meet the needs of the individual child by having targets, action plans and strategies to help the child progress. Children may be supported on a one to one or within small groups, both in and out of the classroom. Our Learning Mentors also run a ‘Time to Talk’ drop in session every Friday lunchtime. Where appropriate, our Learning Mentors work alongside other agencies.