Special Educational Needs

 

A child comes under special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn and achieve.

Children who come under the SEN needs are those who have:

  • Learning difficulties - in acquiring basic skills such as reading, writing, imitating, processing, and retaining information
  • Social, emotional or behavioural difficulties - making friends, relating to adults and inappropriate behaviour
  • Sensory needs of a child- children who lack sensory integration
  • Communication difficulties - in expressing themselves or understanding others
  • Medical or health conditions - which may slow down a child’s progress and/or involves treatment that affects his or her education

The Golden Curriculum is an enriched programme that supports children with learning difficulties, speech delay and lack of social skills. It covers the basic fundamentals and concepts that support the mainstream academics. Our main aim is to prepare the child to be independent in areas of academics, play and social skills. The shadow teacher provides adequate support to the child to reach his maximum level of independence in his or her classroom.

What does a SEN Co-coordinator (SENCO) do?

The SENCO takes day-to-day responsibility for the provision made for individual children with SEN, working closely with staff, parents/carers and other agencies.

In mainstream education settings the key responsibilities of the SENCO may include:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operation of the SEN policy
  • Liaising with and advising fellow teachers, parents, and external agencies
  • Managing the SEN team of teachers/shadow teachers
  • Co-ordinating provision for pupils with special educational needs
  • Overseeing the records on all pupils with special educational needs
  • Preparing individual plans for each child depending on his needs and then determining the targets
  • Contributing to the in-service training of staff

What does a Shadow Teacher do?

Each shadow teacher works:

  • With two children at the same time
  • Liaises with teachers and SENCO to support the child with the curriculum
  • Maintains records of the child
  • Communicates with the parents the day to day tasks and activities
  • Helps the child to be independent at school with academics, emotional and behavioural aspects

 

Outside agencies

Life skills

We work as a team to reinforce positive learning in a child. This also includes life and self-care skills, time management and handling day to day devices.

External trips

External trip is a part of life skills learning. The children learn to plan an event, socialise and reinforce their skills such as shopping and money management.

Outside agencies

We allow outside agencies like an Occupational therapists, speech therapist or behavioral therapist to work with the child in our school. We liaise with the therapist and work together for the benefit of the child. The parents will have to bear the additional expense that occurs for these sessions

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