SEND Local Offer

4. How do we identify and assess children with SEND?

Our starting point is to meet with parents/carers in the summer term before children start school. We know that parents are the first educators of their child and we need their knowledge to plan effectively.

We will also plan careful transitions for children starting at Torriano Primary School. Often our staff will speak with your child’s previous teacher before your child joins our school.

We ask whether parents/carers have any concerns about their children, or if their child has any additional needs. This helps us to plan how we will support their child once they start school.

In addition we assess all children in the first half term in our school through careful and sensitive classroom observation and an early review of progress.

We also listen to children to find out how they are settling in to school.

We continue to assess and monitor all through the child’s time in school so that we can look out for any special educational needs that might arise later on.

We take great care to establish whether lack of progress is because a pupil has English as an additional language (EAL)*, for example by talking to the child (and parents) in her/his home language.

We also work with specialist services , for example Educational Psychologists and Speech Therapists. They can provide expertise in finding out the type and range of a child’s needs.

We follow Camden’s guidance for the identification of SEND.

We are committed to personalised planning and regular assessment/review cycles to make sure that your child makes progress.

You can see more details on how we identify children with SEND in our SEND policy.


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