How do we identify and assess pupils with SEND?

On visits to Whitchurch Infants School we find out if a child has had any involvement with outside agencies or if the parents/carers have any concerns.

The class teacher and teaching assistant keep careful track of the pupil and identify any barriers to learning. This is done via daily marking of work

Observation of the pupil

Using professional judgements

AFL (Assessment for Learning) within each lesson, termly assessments, including standardised assessment scores and national assessments such as SATs.

Observation of pupils in class, at lunchtimes, breaktimes etc

Regular meetings with the SENDCo where performance and progress of each pupil is tracked – both against national targets and personal targets.

There are also regular parents meetings.

Teachers do not diagnose conditions.

If the pupils continues to be of concern the class teacher and SENDCo will observe and suggest intervention strategies or suggest a referral to an outside agency such as an Woodlands Outreach Service, SALT, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Sensory Inclusion, CAMHs. Parents can also request an assessment by visiting their GP. The pupil is then carefully monitored and reviewed after a term to ensure that progress is being made. If progress is still not being made then either other interventions are implemented, another referral is made or statutory assessment is requested.

Shropshire Community Health organise various health checks from Year 3 to Year 6. These include: height and weight. The outcome of this is reported to parents/carers and school. Action is taken as appropriate.

If a pupil has an EHC plan then their progress is reviewed annually through the annual review process.

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