When the school or parent believes that a child has special educational needs which may require provision additional to, or different from, the facilities and resources generally available in the school, a formal process of assessment may be initiated by the Local Authority (LA). Parents are invited to contribute to this assessment process and, when the assessment is completed, copies are sent to the parents, together with a proposed statement of the child’s needs and how the LA proposes to meet them.
Many other children require additional assistance during their school career to help them with specific difficulties.
If your child’s teacher feels that such action is required they will discuss with you what can be done to supplement your child’s education to help them through this problem. Likewise if you are concerned about your child’s progress, in the first instance, please discuss it with their teacher.
As well as those that experience difficulties, there are children who are gifted or talented in their work and require special assistance to realise these abilities. These children are catered for through extensions to normal classroom work and specific group activities.
All schools have a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, at Bickleigh this is Mrs Prior.
DISABILITY AND THE EQUALITY ACT 2010
From September 2002 schools had new duties not to discriminate against disabled pupils and prospective pupils in the provision of education and associated services in schools, and in respect of admissions and exclusions.
From 1st October 2010 the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). However the Disability Equality Duty in the DDA continues to apply. The Equality Act aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination.
There are two key duties:
Pupils with disabilities will not be treated less favourably
Reasonable adjustments will be made to avoid putting disabled pupils at a substantial disadvantage.
ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE DISABLED
The school is proactive in facilitating access to the curriculum, premises and improving avenues of communication for all pupils.
The building is accessible to physically disabled users through ramped access, chairlifts and modified toilet facilities. The most recent adjustment involved replacing older classrooms with a purpose built foundation stage unit with appropriate access.
There are further proposals within the Accessibility Plan to install a phonic loop throughout the school to assist those with hearing difficulties. Please ask to see the plan for further details.
Below are links to further information: