How will I know if my child has a special educational need?

This can happen in several ways:

  • You may have concerns yourself about your child’s progress or development. If you do, then it is always a good idea to make an appointment to discuss your worries with your child’s class teacher. They will help to put your concerns in context; will be able to keep in close contact with you about progress and give you some pointers or ‘tips’ for helping at home.


  • Your child’s class teacher regularly monitors the progress and attainment of all pupils. In foundation, children are continually monitored and assessed using the Early Years Foundation Stage materials. For the rest of the school, reading, writing and maths progress and achievement are assessed by class teachers and recorded every half term. If they become concerned in any way, they will talk to you about it at a parents’ evening – or sooner if more appropriate.


  • Sometimes needs become apparent through medical appointments. It is always helpful to share medical information with your child’s class teacher and the SENDCo if it has an impact on your child’s learning. Most professionals send the school a copy of their report and then school can incorporate their recommendations.

The most important message is to come and speak to us if you are concerned in any way about your child’s learning.