Children with Special Edcuational Needs (SEN) / Disabilities

At John Burns we recognise that children with Special Educational Needs (SEN)/Disabilities may be especially vulnerable to abuse and expect staff to take extra care to interpret apparent signs of abuse or neglect. We will provide a school environment in which all pupils, including those with SEN, can feel confident and able to discuss their concerns. 

John Burns is a Rights Respecting School where pupils with Special Educational Needs are regarded as full members of the school community and the provision for them is inclusive. All children attending the school have full access to the environment, resources, staff and activities. The school carefully monitors all areas of school life to identify and address any barriers to inclusion for individuals or groups.

We have our own dedicated SENCO who works with all members of staff to assist them in adopting a graduated response and an array of strategies to assist children who have Special Educational Needs. Every teacher at John Burns is expected to be a teacher of every child or young person including those with Special Educational Needs. Teachers are responsible and accountable for the progress and development of the pupils in their class, including where pupils access support from teaching assistants or specialist staff, including SidebeSide staff. 

The SENCo maintains a Special Educational Needs profile which is reviewed termly with class teachers and the need for further provision is discussed and mapped. This enables us to identify children early for intervention programmes to be initiated. The mapping of provision enables us to set targets for children who are identified at different levels of need, or have a statement, and these are shared with parents termly.  From this, we are also able to monitor the progress of the children and adapt the interventions as necessary.