HOW DOES THE SCHOOL KNOW IF CHILDREN NEED EXTRA HELP AND WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK MY CHILD HAS SPECIAL EDCATIONAL NEEDS?

At Orchard Junior School children are identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) through a variety of ways including:

v  Close liaison with the local infant schools prior to pupils joining us in Year 3

v  Liaison with previous school where pupils join during the key stage

v  Identification in our termly pupil progress meetings of children who are performing below age expected levels

v  Concerns raised by class teachers and learning support assistants

v  Concerns raised by parents

v  Liaison with a range of external agencies e.g. Speech and Language Therapy / Educational Psychologists

v  Diagnoses made by medical practitioners e.g. CAMHS

HOW WILL I RAISE CONCERNS IF I NEED TO?

Orchard Junior School has an open-door policy and parents are encouraged to meet with the class teacher, at a mutually convenient time, if they have any concerns.  More formal parent/teacher consultations are help during the Autumn and Spring Terms when parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s progress and wellbeing. The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs Atkinson, together with the Deputy Headteacher, Mr Parker and the Headteacher, Mrs Taylor,  are also available to discuss concerns with parents and appointments can be arranged through the school office.