Special Educational Needs
"Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities make excellent progress from their individual starting points. Due to the exceptional support these pupils receive, the longer they are at Highfields Primary School the more rapidly they progress". (Ofsted, July 2016)
Our purpose is to promote independent and confident children with enquiring minds and the skills to maximise their full learning potential.
Highfields School endeavours to provide a caring and secure environment for the education and development of children. We believe that all children have the right to access a broad and balanced curriculum, relevant and differentiated, which demonstrates progression and coherence. Children with special educational needs require an enhanced level of resourcing and differentiation to meet their needs and the school considers that learning support for these children is their entitlement. We want all children to reach and fulfil their potential.
SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and/or Disability. A child or young person has SEN if “they have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age or has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of the facilities.” (SEND Code of Practice – June 2014)
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) liaises with families and teachers to co-ordinate high quality provision to meet the needs of children and young people on the SEND register. The school has several intervention programmes which aim to support children with SEN towards good progress. We also work closely with other specialist professionals who recommend resources and strategies to support a range of different needs. Children with SEND have a personalised ‘My Plan’ which details this provision and intervention, and is reviewed regularly.