At Palmerston Primary School, we believe that every child has special needs and because of this every child is treated as an individual. However, if a child has any additional learning needs which calls for differentiation or special education provision to be made for him or her, it is our aim to:
- recognise that special educational needs must be addressed
- recognise that there will be a continuance of needs and that provision will have to be made accordingly
- give children with special educational needs the greatest possible access to a broad and balanced curriculum within mainstream classes
- ensure a close liaison between parents of children with special educational needs and the agencies involved in the process i.e. the SEN coordinator, teachers and other agencies.
We work in close partnership with the agencies responsible for the administration and support of children with special education needs and can offer much in this area of education.
In accordance with the SEN Code of Practice, the school follows a staged approach in the identification and assessment of pupils with Special Educational Needs. Any child identified as having a Special Educational Need will be placed on the School's Special Needs Register and the parents and carers will be informed and will be invited into school to discuss how your child will be helped at school and how you can help at home.
The school's S.E.N policy is regularly reviewed and updated as appropriate and parents are informed. Copies are available.
Parents are welcome to visit the school at anytime to discuss issues relating to the provision of Special Educational Needs.
Pupils with Physical Impairment
We have integrated provision for physically impaired pupils. Children with a range of complex needs attend the school within mainstream classes, supported by specialist teachers and a team of pupil support assistants. We have on-site physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy for those pupils who meet the criteria laid down by the LEA. As the school is on one level access is appropriately designed for non-ambulant pupils. Applications for entry for pupils with additional needs are considered in partnership with the Pupil Support Service of the LEA.
Admission arrangements for pupils with disabilities:
- Pupils between 3 and 11 years (Primary Age Pupils) may be admitted on the recommendation of a statement of special needs, where the pupils needs have been matched to the provision available at Palmerston Primary School, a mainstream school resourced for pupils who have physical disabilities. Changes in the pupils needs can be reassessed at any time, if required. Admissions in these circumstances are arranged by Pupil Support Services in consultation with the school, parents and other relevant bodies.
- Pupils without a statement of special needs may be admitted in the nursery and reception classes through the recognised school / county policy and procedures and their needs assessed on admission. The school may need to carry out initial assessments in consultation with parents and other relevant persons to ensure that the pupil's needs can be safely and appropriately met prior to admission. This is particularly important where specialised equipment and additional staff requirements are required. The school and the LEA Pupil Support Services will endeavour to make reasonable arrangements to ensure pupils with disabilities have access to all aspects. Assessments may lead to pupils receiving a statement of special needs, making recommendations for future placements and provision.
- Parents and pupils are welcome to visit the school to see what we are able to offer for pupils with disabilities. It is important that parents and pupils are able to make informed decisions regarding potential admissions.
For specific admissions details please refer to the Vale LEA Admissions Policy available at the school or from the LEA. (Sections 2.1, 2.2, 5.3 & 8.1)