Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion

Supporting all children

Norton Hill Primary School is both welcoming and inclusive. Our aims for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are the same as for all of our pupils; to provide access to a broad and balanced curriculum, full participation and the highest quality of education.  We understand the importance of making adjustments and personalisation of provision and building a picture based on the whole child.

‚ÄčWe are a school that welcomes and celebrates diversity. All staff believe having high self-esteem is crucial to a child’s emotional well-being and academic progress. We have a caring, understanding team who look after all of our children in school.

Children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers know and understand this and use different teaching styles to plan work at different levels in order to meet the needs of all pupils in their class. This is called Quality First Teaching. Our aim is to provide the highest quality learning environment for your child and for them to achieve their full potential. All our classes are supported by teaching assistants and pupils are offered additional support or catch up intervention programmes where needed.

Additional Support

If a child continues to have difficulty after intervention or has a high level of difficulty when they join our school, they may be considered to have Special Educational Needs/Disability (SEND).

At Norton Hill Primary School, we provide support for pupils across the 4 areas of need as laid out in the SEN Code of Practice 2014:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

Children with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) have learning difficulties or disabilities that prevent them from making the same progress as other children of the same age. They will require different support or help.

At Norton Hill Primary School, teaching and learning opportunities are adapted and continually evaluated to ensure the needs of all our learners are met. Parents and carers should not feel unduly anxious about such additional support as it allows children to receive the specific help they need to make the next steps in their learning journey.

Concerns

We recognise that you know your child best and you may feel that they need some additional help or support for some or all of their time at school.  Our SEND (Special Educational Needs/Disability) page is to inform you about the support we offer at Norton Hill Primary School and hopefully it will help you to understand who can help and how this support can be accessed.

Not all children will need extra support with their learning but the progress of all children at Norton Hill Primary School is monitored closely to ensure support is provided where necessary.  Support can be given for a variety of reasons.

For many children, a little additional support and support from other agencies enables them to overcome their difficulties. However, some children will continue to need more help throughout their time at school.

Our designated SENDCO is Mrs Waterhouse.