What to do if you think your child may be having difficulties at school
- Contact your class teacher. Make an appointment at the office, you do not have to wait until parents' evenings. If you have a concern, it is best to sort it out as soon as possible.
- Speak to the Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator. Mrs Cadwallader-Jones and will be available if you would like an appointment.
Issues are best resolved by discussion with your class teacher and the ALNCO. The best results are seen when everyone works together with your child at the Centre of the process. We are trained in Person Centred Planning and our reviews are run in this format. (See Documents)
What will happen?
- The class teacher may discuss a concern with you and the ALNCO, if additional strategies or resources need to be introduced then your child's name will be placed on the Additional Needs Register at School Action.
- At this point referrals may be made to outside agencies via a referral to the LA, such as Speech Therapist, the Sensory Service, School Nurse, the LIST team (The Local Authority Specialist Teachers), Educational Psychologist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Play Therapy, Early Help Team), Social Services, Neurodevelopmental Pathway.
- If any outside agencies become involved, then your child will then move to School Action Plus on the ALN register.
- If your child does not respond to interventions, or it seems likely that they will require a place at a Specialist School, you (or the school) can request a Statutory Assessment, (Statement).
We are required to follow the Graduated Response from Powys (see documents) These steps have to be followed in the majority of cases. Profound and complex needs will need to be assessed before they enter school to ensure that we can meet their needs.
One Page Profiles
As part of our person centred planning approach we use one page profiles throughout the school for children with additional learning needs.
This enables any person who is working with the child to quickly understand how best to support them and to avoid any triggers that may upset them.