At St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School we recognise that all pupils are entitled to a quality of provision which will enable them to achieve their potential regardless of their specific need or personal circumstances. As we believe are all unique in terms of our characteristics, interests, abilities, motivation and learning needs. St Mary’s has a learning support programme and the aim of that is to support and enable pupils to fulfil their potential.
Our school recognises there are particular groups of pupils whose circumstances may require additional consideration by those who work with them to support their special educational need or disability. We work with parents and other professionals including health visitors, school nurse, speech and language therapists and educational psychologists to ensure that we fully understand a child’s needs and make the best provision for them.
There are now four broad areas of SEND, in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice they are:
- Communication & Interaction
- Cognition & Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/ or Physical Difficulties
We maintain the principles of fairness and equity across our entire curriculum, in all aspects of the school day and in after school activities.
Children with special needs follow a provision map and an individual education plan which is agreed and reviewed with parents and carers. Where appropriate, some children have an Education, Health and Care Plan, which is developed in conjunction with parents and carers, partner professionals and the local authority. If you think your child may have a special educational need please contact their class teacher or the SENCO Mrs Roddy.
Further advice can be found on the Sunderland Local Offer page
Autism Outreach Team
The office is open from Monday 4th May from 10-2 and they are able to give advice and resources. The website is also helpful, and there is a link at the bottom of the page to resources and activities.