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Parent Resources

FAQ about Special Educational Needs (SEN).

What does SEN mean?

Pupils who have difficulties, beyond what a classroom teacher could normally help with, is described as having SEN. There are several different types of SEN. Each child is different and may fall into any, or several, of these categories. The categories are:

Autistic Spectrum Disorder Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties Hearing Impairment

Moderate Learning Difficulties Multi-Sensory Impairment Physical Disability

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty Speech, Language and Communication Difficulty

Severe Learning Difficulty Specific Learning Difficulty Visual Impairment

Who do I speak to, if I think my child has SEN?

Call Mr Perrett on 0207 791 4982, to discuss your concerns.

If the school thinks that my child has SEN, how will I know?

Mr Perrett will write to you.

If my child has SEN, how will s/he be supported?

This will depend on the need of your child. All SEN pupils will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP), that describes your child’s needs, and has targets for your child. The IEP is shared with all of your child’s teachers. Your child may be supported in some lessons or may be withdrawn to work with a specialist teacher in small groups or one-to-one. You can discuss this with Mr Perrett.

How will I be informed about my child’s progress?

The most common way is through the parents’ evening and Academic Review Day. However, if your child is receiving help from a specialist teacher, that teacher will communicate with you individually. You are free to call Mr Perrett at any time, to discuss your child’s progress.

How can I support my child at home?

This depends upon your child’s needs. Mr Perrett can offer advice to you on an individual basis. However, there are 5 golden rules to follow which apply to most pupils with or without SEN:

  • Encourage him/her to read at home. Try to read with them if possible.
  • Provide them with a quiet place to work, away from distractions.
  • Speak to him/her about school. What is going well? What is troubling them?
  • Check their planner to ensure that homework is recorded and completed.
  • Encourage them to get involved in activities outside school, such as youth clubs, sports clubs, visiting museums, etc. Try to encourage a hobby.