Special Educational Needs and Disability
Children make progress at different rates and learn best in different ways. Teachers respond to this in the management and organisation of their class, lessons and teaching.
Children making slower progress than their peers or facing particular challenges in one area may be given extra support within lessons, in smaller groups or individually to help them to achieve. Parents and carers should not assume, just because a child is making slower progress or being given different levels of support, that they have Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). However, some children are identified as having SEND.
A pupil is identified as having SEND if they have special educational needs or a disability that makes it significantly more difficult for them to learn and make progress than their age-related peers. SEND is categorised into the six main areas below:
Learning difficulties – in acquiring basic skills in school.
Social, emotional or mental health difficulties – such as making friends, relating to others or behaving appropriately in school.
Specific learning difficulty – in reading, writing, maths or understanding and processing information.
Sensory or physical needs – such as hearing or visual impairments, or physical difficulties that may affect the child’s ability to learn in school.
Speech, language and communication difficulties – in expressing themselves or understanding others.
Medical or health conditions – which may impact on a child’s ability to make progress and/or involve treatment that affects their education.
Many children will be identified as having a SEND of some kind during their time in school and we will always inform parents/carers and work with you to support your child. We also work in partnership with other professionals and organisations and can help many children to overcome the barriers that their difficulties present. However, some children will have continuing needs and therefore require extra support for most or all of their time in school.
The SEND Report document answers questions that you may have about our local offer/ SEND provision. Our SEND policy, equalities information and the accessibility plan are available on our policies page. The local offer provided by Bristol City Council is found at www.findabilitybristol.org.uk
The SEND Co-ordinator for St. John's School is Mr Tony Weir who is contactable via 0117 9030251 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Autism/Aspergers: National Autistic Society and Bristol Autism Support.
- The EarlyBird Programme is available for parents and carers of children on the autistic spectrum.
- The Autism Education Trust provides training in supporting children with autism.
- ADHD: The ADHD Foundation. The UK ADHD Partnership also has a helpful resources page.
- Dyslexia: British Dyslexia Association
- Learning disability: Mencap
- Mental health support: YoungMinds / Bristol Emotional Health and Wellbeing Services: A directory of all the different services available to support all young people and their families.
- General parenting support and advice: Family Lives.
- Bristol City Council also provides a range of courses to support parents in being parents.