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Identifying Children with SEN

 

Class teachers, supported by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT), make regular assessments of progress for all pupils. These assessments identify pupils making less than expected progress given their age and individual circumstances. This can be characterised by progress which:

 Is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline

  • Fails to match or better the child’s previous rate of progress
  • Fails to close the attainment gap between the child and their peers
  • Widens the attainment gap 

Progress in areas other than attainment is also assessed eg general development or social needs.

There are four broad areas of Special Educational Need (SEN) 

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
  • Sensory and/or physical needs 

These four broad areas give an overview of the range of needs and the purpose of identification is to work out what action the school needs to take, not to fit a pupil into a category.