At Sandwich Junior School we endeavour to promote an inclusive ethos and provide a broad and balanced curriculum that can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils, including those identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. We aim to ensure that all pupils at SJS climb the 'Steps to Success' and achieve their full potential, by providing quality first teaching within the classroom; catering for the varying needs of the pupils, reviewing our provision against the Mainstream Core Standards and identifying potential barriers to learning early.
A Pupil's Special Educational Needs are met in a variety of ways; initially through quality first teaching within the classroom, facilitated by our experienced class teachers and dedicated Teaching Assistants. Sometimes an intervention may be necessary to further support a pupil's development within a particular area of the curriculum or to develop or promote their social skills, self-confidence or self-esteem. As a school we pride ourselves on the extensive range of specific intervention programmes we are able to utilise; these may be delivered within a small group or on a 1:1 basis depending on the level of need and type of intervention programme required, which is identified by the school.
Parents of pupils who are identified to work in one of our specific intervention programmes, are made aware of this by the class teacher and provided with an update on the impact of the intervention during parents evening.
Whilst the staff at Sandwich Junior School have experience of supporting pupils with a range of SEN, we continue to work closely with specialists from a variety of agencies such as Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS), Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologists, Early Help and Children Therapy Services (OT & Physio); following their guidance and implementing their strategies and advice.
At SJS we recognise the importance of collaboration with parents in order to successfully support our pupils with SEN; identifying suitable targets and discussing strategies which can be reinforced at home to further support a pupil's development and progress.
Mrs Burton is our SENCO. She can be contacted by telephoning the School Office at 01304 612227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org