How are children with SEN identified and assessed?
We identify pupils who are not making expected progress at Pupil Progress Review Meetings, periodically throughout the year. At this point we would gather information about the child to gain a full understanding of the pupil’s learning profile to identify whether any SEN is impacting on learning, which could mean consulting with outside professionals to help gain a better understanding of the child’s profile. This could also entail using various assessments within school to establish where a child’s difficulties lie. We would consider all factors that may impact on learning, such as emotional issues, motivation, and appropriateness of teaching and learning environment, in order to decide if the lack of progress is caused by SEN. We would also take into consideration, feedback and referrals from teaching staff, observations (including learning walks), referrals from parents as well as self-referrals from pupils.
If we decide that additional and different provision is necessary for the pupil to make progress, we would contact parents and put effective special educational provision into place.