St Matthew's C.E Primary School

“I can do all things because Christ gives me strength” Philippians 4:13

How do we support a child with a learning difficulty?


Mrs Burns, the school’s SENCO, oversees the progress and attainment of all Special Educational Needs pupils across the school. This is monitored on a half termly basis with regular dialogue between class teachers, teaching assistants, senior members of staff and the SENCO taking place.


  • Your child’s class teacher will oversee the planning and delivery of work on a daily basis. In class work will be differentiated to meet the needs of your child.


  • In addition to this you child will have an Individual Target Plans (ITPs) or Behaviour Action Plan (BAPs) written by your child’s class teacher in consultation with the SENCO, pupil, teaching assistant and parents/carers. This plan will outline specific targets for your child to work towards and outline intervention to be provided to close gaps in learning, allow children to make accelerated progress and ‘catch up’ to attain at age related expectations.


  • ITPs and BAPs are reviewed every term and the outcomes will be recorded. Pupils will participate fully in the review process. Parents/carers will also be invited to participate in the target-setting and review process. From this new targets and alterations to provide further support will be made if deemed necessary.


  • You child may also work with a teaching assistant either individually or as part of a small group throughout the course of the day/week to support progress. This will be explained in more detail when support for your child begins.


  • Your child may be identified as benefiting from small group or 1:1 support from our SENCo and through this intervention your child will be supported to develop a range of social, behavioural, and emotional skills.


  • Your child may also work with specialists from external agencies. These professionals may work within school over the course of a term/year to provide specific support that will meet the needs of your child. This will be explained in more detail by the SENCo or the agency involved when support for your child begins.


  • Children may also require support from specialist or specific resources to enable them to access the curriculum.