Our Approach

Special Needs

Ballifield Community Primary School is an inclusive school and pupils with special educational needs are well catered for within our provision. Special Educational Needs is a general term applied to any pupil who has specific learning needs, personal or health issues, which require teachers to make responses beyond the normal teaching styles appropriate for classes and individual pupils.

The school identifies children with learning difficulties through regular assessment and particular diagnostic assessments where appropriate. The needs of the children are met through differentiation within classrooms, through Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and extra teacher support in all year groups, depending on need.

There are a range of intervention programmes available for Ballifield pupils in literacy and numeracy throughout school as well as 1 to 1 tuition. The school has support available from outside agencies – The Learning Support Service, Educational Psychologist, the LA and Health and Social Services. The school liaises with parents, monitors progress and works within the guidelines of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2001 and the Disability Rights Commission Code of Practice for Schools 2002. If parents have any concerns they are requested to speak to the class teacher in the first instance. The Headteacher and Claire Roddis, Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) are also available for advice.