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Whitegate End additional support

 
At Whitegate End we believe excellent teaching provides children with the opportunities to be the best that they can be. We work hard to provide a caring, stimulating and inclusive environment to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. We recognise that you know your child best and you may feel that they need additional help or support for some or all of their time at Our School. 
 
Not all children will need extra support with their learning but the progress of all children at Whitegate End is monitored closely to ensure support is provided where necessary.  
 

TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

All children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers know and understand this and use different teaching styles to plan work at different levels in order to meet the needs of all pupils in their class. We call this “Quality First Teaching.” All pupils at Whitegate End receive “Quality First Teaching” from their class teacher. Our aim is to provide the highest quality learning environment for your child and for them to achieve their full potential. All our classes are supported by teaching assistants and pupils are offered additional support or catch up intervention programmes where needed.
 
At Whitegate End the progress and attainment of all pupils is reviewed on a termly basis by the School Leadership Team. These termly pupil progress meetings help identify children who may need additional support. Parents and Carers are informed about their child’s academic progress and targets through termly reports, Parent’s Consultation Evenings and the annual end of year school report. In addition, Parents and Carers of children who have a Statement of SEND or an EHC are invited into School termly for an Integrated Assessment Plan (IAP) meeting.
 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT

 

If a child continues to have difficulty after intervention or has a high level of difficulty when they join Our School, they may be considered to have special educational needs/disability (SEND) and are placed on the SEND register. This decision is made in partnership with Parents and Carers.
 
At Whitegate End we provide support for pupils across the 4 areas of need as laid out in the SEN Code of Practice 2014:
- Communication and interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- Sensory and or physical needs
Children with SEND have learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities may struggle to learn at the same rate as most children of the same age. They will need extra support or different help eg. modified tasks, extra time or breaks in formal assessments.
 
Our School and other agencies can help most children overcome their difficulties quickly and easily. A few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in School. This means they may have difficulty with:
- some or all of the work in School
- reading, writing and mathematics
- understanding and processing information
- expressing themselves
- understanding others
- organising themselves
- sensory perception or physical mobility
- managing their behaviour or emotions
- making friends or relating to adults
 
At Whitegate End teaching and learning opportunities are adapted and continually evaluated (with support of external agencies when required) to ensure the needs of all our learners are met. Parents and Carers should not feel unduly anxious about such additional support as it allows children to receive the specific help they need to make the next steps in their learning journey. To ensure that staff are aware of children’s needs some children create a Pupil Passport in conjunction with their class teacher and their parents. The Pupil Passport is designed so that staff have the correct information. This means that appropriate strategies are used to ensure that teaching has the maximum impact and pupils feel valued and their needs are understood.
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