Special educational needs
Any concerns regarding your child’s difficulties should be initially directed to your child's class teacher and then to the school SENCo. The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) for Kirkistown Primary School is Mr Graham. The role of SENCo will soon be known as the Learning Support Co-ordinator (LSC).
We set aside an hour each week for each class teacher to work with children in their class on the Special Educational Needs register. This hour allows the teacher to work 1:1 or in an appropriate small group setting, focusing on the specific needs of learners identified through their Individual Education Plans (IEPs). In addition, we provide differentiated learning to ensure all learners are challenged at an appropriate level and in an appropriate way.
stages of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice is in the process of changing. Five Stages will soon become Three Stages. Children will NOT be affected by the change. The move from five to three stages is simply a clearer and more user-friendly way of recording the level of provision that pupils with SEN need to help them make progress. The provision currently being made for children will NOT change as a result of SEN registers moving to the three stage model.
What will the new three stages look like?
The new three stages focus on levels of provision for pupils who have SEN:
Stage One: Pupils who are recorded as new Stage One will be receiving school delivered special educational provision.
Stage Two: Pupils who are recorded as new Stage Two will be receiving school delivered special educational provision plus external provision, e.g. from one of the Education Authority (EA) Pupil Support Services or from a service within the Health and Social Care Trust. Pupils who are going through the statutory assessment process will be recorded as Stage Two also.
Stage Three: Pupils who are recorded as new Stage Three will have a statement of Special Educational Needs and will be receiving school and EA delivered special educational provision as detailed in their statement.
A leaflet ('Guidance for parents on the move from 5 to 3 stages') documenting further detail about these changes can be found in the 'Information Leaflets for Parents' below
Information Leaflets for Parents
Information Leaflets for Children