Children have special educational needs (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for them. Children have a learning difficulty if they:
- Have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age, or;
- Have a disability that prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in school.
Special educational provision refers to:
Educational provision for children two years old and above that is additional to, or otherwise different from, the educational provision made generally for children of this age in schools maintained by the LA, other than special schools in the area.
Detailed below are two important documents produced by our school: the Melksham Oak SEN policy and the Melksham Oak SEN information report.
Within Learning Support we work and support a wide range of students with an even wider range of different difficulties; low levels of literacy or numeracy, Specific Learning Difficulties, Sensory impairments, Physical, Behavioural, Emotional or Social Difficulties.
We work in a proactive way providing support to students using SEN teachers and / or Teaching Assistants via in-class support, 1:1 work, paired work or small group work.
We work in a preventative way providing a secure and supportive learning environment which develops and sustains confidence and motivation. We strive to provide access for all to the whole curriculum, adapting this provision where necessary to ensure that we are enabling students to reach their potential.
We assess and monitor SEN students regularly. We work within and advise other Departments on appropriate strategies to use with specific students encouraging all staff to match ability of students with demands made upon them. We work closely with a variety of Outside Agencies and Professional bodies.
We encourage students to take responsibility for themselves: both their learning and behaviour.