I don’t think my child has SEND, but she/he works more slowly than some of his/her friends. Is that a problem?
No. Some children do work and learn more slowly than others and it doesn’t mean they have SEND. Fewer than 20% of children in most schools will have SEND and every class has high achieving children and those who don’t perform as well in any particular subject. However, if you are concerned, please come into school and talk to your child’s class teacher.
If my child needs more help, will he have to miss out on PE and art?
No. All children are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. If they have to do an intervention which takes them away from a different subject, it will only be for a short time and we will try to avoid taking them out subjects the child enjoys or excels in. After all, a resentful child will not work as effectively in an intervention anyway!
Yes, if that’s what the child needs. All children do ICT in school and all children are taught handwriting and writing. As they get older, some dyslexic and dyspraxic children benefit from using a keyboard. However, we need your help with this because we can only give a keyboard to a child who is familiar with its layout. You can use a programme like dance mat typingto help your child to learn their way about the keyboard.
Do children with SEND receive small group support/interventions away from the main class?
It depends on the child and their needs as well as the subject and the spaces available in school. Many classes split up for subjects like guided reading and spelling and for this some children may go to a quieter space in the school. However, the majority of the time, we like the children to be in class with their peers.