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Frequently Asked Questions about Special Needs and Disabilities at school

What do I do if I think my child has a special need or disability?

If you are worried about your child's progress, go and see their class teacher. Have a look at our Additional Needs Flowchart to see what happens from there.

Additional Needs Flow Chart.pdf

What are the 4 main areas of special need?

  • Communication and Interaction 
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and/or Physical

What support can I expect from school?

  • See the photos above for a selection of support that is available.
  • Some children may have 1:1 support from a teaching assistant
  • Small group support with  the teacher or a teaching assistant
  • 1:1 reading
  • Small group handwriting
  • Time to talk with a key adult
  • Play Therapy
  • Timetable variations

How can I help my child at home?

The most important skills to work on at home are:
  • reading
  • spellings
  • times tables
  • maths facts
It is best to practice little and often using a combination of mental games and worksheets. We find these sites useful




the mathworksheetsite

How can I help my child with instructions for home learning?

Teachers spend time explaining home learning to their class before it is sent home. For some children additional time is provided by Sarah, our Learning Mentor, so that home learning and newsletters are read through together.

It is important that children develop independence in listening to instructions and completing their learning.

At home you can support your child by asking them to think back to the learning that took place in the classroom. Ask if there were any visual supports in the classroom which they can think about to help them. 

If a child is unable to complete their home learning, you can encourage them to let the teacher or teaching assistant know as soon as possible. An adult can then provide extra explanations or help the child to get started. 

Homework Club is on Wednesdays from 8:30 - 8:55, ask your child's class teacher or Sarah, our Learning Mentor, if you would like your child to attend.