Special Education Needs and Disability
The Castle School has a strong reputation for its inclusive ethos and ensuring all students are fully included in all learning and extra-curricular activities. We have a large Special Educational Needs (SEN) department with 36 staff including Learning Support Assistants (LSAs), Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs), Mentors and Specialist teachers. LSAs support individual students with additional educational needs in class with their peers across the curriculum. They also provide one-to-one support for literacy and numeracy intervention, speech and language, social/life skills, exam revision, homework, coursework and mentoring. LSAs also support small groups of children and work alongside teachers encouraging students’ greater confidence, independence and self-management strategies. We believe strongly in a collaborative approach and we work very closely with families, communicating regularly through communication books, emails, phone calls and meetings.
The Government is transforming the system for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) including those who are disabled, so that services consistently support the best outcomes for them.
Under the new law, Statements of Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments will be phased out, to be replaced by 0-25 Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans).
Schools have a duty to publish SEN information so that parents can see what support a school provides for its pupils in the form of a school Local Offer. (SEND Information Report). Please see link below.