What are Special Educational Needs?

A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which call for special educational provision to be made for him or her. This will be a provision which is additional to, or different from that generally accessed by their peers.

How does the school identify if my child needs extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have SEN?

  • Initially, contact the Form Tutor or Class Teacher to discuss any concerns.

The school will assess student’s needs through:

  • Assessment Data
  • Initial Screening Tests
  • Teacher observations
  • Parental Input

How will the school staff support my child?

All teachers at Forest are teachers of pupils with learning needs and differentiate their lessons accordingly.

In the Prep School (including EYFS), a range of support is offered including:

  • In class differentiation by the class teacher or specialist teachers
  • A personal Pupil Passport outlining strengths and weaknesses for all staff
  • Termly targets shared with all staff and parents.
  • 1:1 lessons or small group lessons targeting areas identified.  Pre-teaching and over-learning in liaison with the class teacher.  Focusing on areas such as phonics, high frequency words, reading comprehension, proof reading, planning (using mind maps and writing frames) and basic numeracy.
  • 1:1 or small group interventions by either teachers or teaching assistants which may focus on phonics, reading, spelling, speech and language, number, information processing, social skills and fine and gross motor skills.

In the Senior School, a range of support is offered including:

  • Form tutor and Pastoral team
  • A Personal Pupil Passport outlining difficulties and strategies to support in class
  •  1:1 lessons using a range of interventions to support the child’s need. Such interventions may include: numeracy skills, reading comprehension, revision techniques, organising timetables, writing frames and structuring essays
  • Small group work of 1:2 or 1:3, working with others in their year group who would benefit from similar skills. These interventions will focus on revision techniques, organising timetables, memory aids, note-taking, planning writing, key numeracy basics, handwriting.
  • Drop-ins – these include such things as touch-typing, book club, blogging club, use of one-note and IT to aid learning.

How will I know how my child is doing?

  • Tracking and reporting data
  • Parents’ meetings and consultations
  • Regular contact with the Learning Support Department

What Specialist Services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?

  • The school can also provide a range of private services in a wide area of SEND.