Disabilities & Special Educational Needs

Gods and Monsters - a garden for the Greeks [RHS Tatton 2013] designed and built by 90 pupils year 3-6

The true hallmark of a democracy is not the frequency with which a country holds elections by the manner in which it protects its minorities.

Karl Popper

'Special Educational Needs' is a term for children experiencing significantly greater difficulty than their peers. Children with a disability may also have special educational needs but for others their cognition and learning are unimpaired. We will make reasonable adjustments in provision for children with DSEN which may include additional adult support. Most adjustment and additional support is around the basic skills of literacy and numeracy but can also include areas such as: speech, language and communication (including autistic spectrum, behaviour, emotional and social difficulties or attention deficit); physical or sensory impairment (mobility, motor control, visual or hearing).

In each phase teachers and teaching assistants take on the main responsibility for provision for children with additional needs. Staff receive training on range of needs including on ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), SpLD (specific dyslexic type difficulties), attachment and trauma and sensory needs. Some have additional expertise and responsibility:

  • Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) is Lisa Rutter-Brown. Mrs Rutter-Brown is also our deputy headteacher and has achieved the National SENCo Award.
  • Mrs Emma Wood is our ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant, she works one-to-one and provides drops in sessions for pupils in school.
  • We have three members of staff trained in specific learning (dyslexic type) difficulties. Mrs Gajjar is a qualified assessor and tutor as is Ms Stewart and Mrs Roberts who support pupils before, during and after the school day.

Cheshire West and Chester Local Offer

Policy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

DSEN information report for parents and carers

Additional Needs Database

Professor Barry Carpenter, Professor for Mental Health in Education

Services in the Community for Children with SEN and/or Disabilities

Buzz Creative Arts and Drama 4.pdf
Buzz Youth Group August 17.pdf
Cygnet Poster for Agencies.pdf
Skills sessions Nov 17 7.pdf
Youth Vibe May - July 2019.pdf