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How is the curriculum altered for children who need more help?

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!

Do you change the way you deliver the curriculum as well as the content?

All teachers modify, or differentiate, the curriculum in a range of ways for different subjects and children. The most common ones are a combination of:

  • person: the child does the same activity as others, but with additional support from an adult or a friend
  • place: a child who is easily distracted may work better out of the classroom
  • product: all of the children may do the same activity, but the teacher might have different expectations of some children;
  • process: either the way the lesson is taught is changed for some children, or the task is made simpler.

All teachers differentiate maths and English lessons. They use their professional judgement to decide what the best way of differentiating is for each subject and each child’s needs.

What do you do for children whose special needs are not curriculum based?

The answer depends on the individual needs of the child, because there are so many ways in which we can adapt the way we work. For example:

  • if other experts are involved with the child (eg hearing/ vision impairment, autism services physiotherapists etc) we try to follow their advice in modifying how we deliver the curriculum.
  • if a child struggles to manage their emotions, we work with them to identify ‘triggers’ and to teach them strategies to help them .

Can children use computers to write?

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 typing to 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.