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, and the Headteacher, Mr Parker,  are also available to discuss concerns with parents and appointments can be arranged through the school office.