How does The Arches know if my child has special educational needs?

As part of the regular monitoring of progress (which takes place between class teachers and senior leaders half termly) children are identified who are not making the expected progress or who have needs that are affecting their ability to engage in learning activities. If your child is identified as having SEND then the school is recognizing that your child requires something additional or different to enable them to make further progress. This is referred to as SEN school support.

At The Arches, children are identified as having SEND through a variety of ways, usually a combination, which may include some of the following:

• Liaison with previous school or pre-school setting

• Child performing below ‘age expected’ levels

• Concerns raised by a parent

• Concerns raised by a teacher: for example, if behaviour or self-esteem is affecting performance

• Liaison with external agencies e.g. a physical/ sensory issue

• Use of tools for standardized assessment eg: YARC reading, dyslexia screening

• Children with a Statement / EHCP already have their needs clearly identified.