Grove Junior School
Grove Junior School, Turner Street, Northwood,
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 2NL
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SEND

What 'special educational needs' means

The term 'special educational needs' (SEND) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.

Many children will have SEN of some kind at some time during their education. Help will usually be provided in their ordinary, mainstream early education setting or school, sometimes with the help of outside specialists.

If your child has special educational needs, they may need extra help in a range of areas, for example:

  • schoolwork

  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information

  • expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying

  • making friends or relating to adults

  • behaving properly in school

  • organising themselves

  • some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school

Your child's progress at school

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. When planning lessons based around the National Curriculum, your child's teacher will take account of this by looking carefully at how they organise their lessons, classroom, books and materials.

The teacher will then choose suitable ways to help your child learn from a range of activities (often described as 'differentiating the curriculum').

If your child is making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area, they may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.

Just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, this doesn't necessarily mean that your child has SEN

Getting help for your child

Your child's early years are a very important time for their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. When the health visitor or doctor makes a routine check, they might suggest that there could be a problem. If you have any worries of your own, you should ask for advice straightaway.

You should first go to your child's class teacher, the SENCO (Mrs Bissell), the assistant SENCO (Miss Corcoran) or the Head of School.

Click here to view the 'Special Educational Needs (SEN): A guide for parents and carers - Revised 2009' document

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What 'special educational needs' means

The term 'special educational needs' (SEND) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.

Many children will have SEN of some kind at some time during their education. Help will usually be provided in their ordinary, mainstream early education setting or school, sometimes with the help of outside specialists.

If your child has special educational needs, they may need extra help in a range of areas, for example:

  • schoolwork

  • reading, writing, number work or understanding information

  • expressing themselves or understanding what others are saying

  • making friends or relating to adults

  • behaving properly in school

  • organising themselves

  • some kind of sensory or physical needs which may affect them in school

Your child's progress at school

Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. When planning lessons based around the National Curriculum, your child's teacher will take account of this by looking carefully at how they organise their lessons, classroom, books and materials.

The teacher will then choose suitable ways to help your child learn from a range of activities (often described as 'differentiating the curriculum').

If your child is making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area, they may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed.

Just because your child is making slower progress than you expected or the teachers are providing different support, help or activities in class, this doesn't necessarily mean that your child has SEN

Getting help for your child

Your child's early years are a very important time for their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. When the health visitor or doctor makes a routine check, they might suggest that there could be a problem. If you have any worries of your own, you should ask for advice straightaway.

You should first go to your child's class teacher, the SENCO (Mrs Bissell), the assistant SENCO (Miss Corcoran) or the Head of School.

Click here to view the 'Special Educational Needs (SEN): A guide for parents and carers - Revised 2009' document

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