Special Educational Needs and Disability
At William Penn, we consider the needs of every child as an individual. We use and seek professional judgement to ensure that we are doing our best to fulfil the needs of all our pupils so that they are able to learn and make progress in a safe and supportive environment.
Children with specific learning needs are identified through a series of measures including observing them in the classroom, diagnostic testing and through close liaison between class teachers, our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and parents. Our teachers are skilled in providing support for children of all abilities and needs within the classroom, and we also have skilled, trained support staff that are able to deliver specialist programmes to individuals or small groups. Reasonable adjustments will always be made for pupils with disabilities and our pupils’ special needs are always carefully considered when preparing for educational visits and transition to new schools. Support for SEND pupils is recorded on an Individual Education Plan which will be shared with both the pupil and their parents or carers.
We work closely with a variety of outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy and Educational Psychology services to gain advice and resources for our pupils.
Our assessment procedures enable us to identify pupils who are very able or talented, either in one particular aspect of curriculum or in general terms. Class teachers plan for these pupils so that they experience learning which matches their ability. Questioning is used to challenge the more able thinker, and enrichment opportunities can allow the pupil to explore a topic in added depth, or to apply their learning in more complex ways, encouraging their creativity and intellectual curiosity. Advice on provision for able pupils may be sought from subject specialist staff, county advisers and staff at the local secondary school. We also make applications each term to the West Sussex Enrichment Programme for Gifted and Talented Pupils, which provides a range of extra-curricular activities