Special Educational Needs (SEN)

 

We aim to support the learning needs of all our pupils, whether they are exceptionally gifted or whether they have particular academic difficulties. Differentiated work is provided each day, in every class, at all levels of ability.

Individual Education Programmes are designed for those children showing specific needs or areas requiring particular support. These programmes offer a sharp focus on the needs of the individuals to ensure that appropriate progress is made. As each child is given the opportunity to experience success, self-esteem and confidence can be developed.

The Belfast Education and Library Board and their various outreach support units provide additional support and advice. Pupil progress is regularly monitored and parental consultation and home school links are valued as key features of this process.

Pupils’ special educational needs are initially identified by the class teacher as the result of observation or information provided by parents or other agencies. Children may be withdrawn individually or in small groups, or may be helped by specialist outreach support teachers. Parents of children assessed as needing further help are fully involved in the process of referral to those outside agencies who are available to assist the development of individual pupils.