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Holy Cross and All Saints RC Primary School

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How does the school identify and assess children with Special Educational Needs?

The progress of all children is continually monitored by class teachers, through two forms of assessment:


  • Assessment for learning (formative assessment) involves the use of assessment in the classroom to raise pupil achievement. This includes careful questioning, observation and marking of children’s work. It is based on the idea that pupils will improve most if they understand the focus of their learning, where they are in relation to this, and how they can achieve to the best of their ability.


  • Assessment of learning (summative assessment) involves judging children’s performance against national standards. Teachers make these judgements using a combination of Assessing Pupil Progress guidelines and tests linked to the national curriculum.


If a class teacher has concerns about a child, they will inform the SENDCo and next steps will be discussed. Parents will then be invited to meet to share their opinions and concerns. From this point a child will receive additional support, which may take a variety of forms; academic, emotional, social. Their progress will continue to be monitored. If insufficient progress is made, it may be beneficial to involve outside agencies to carry out further assessments of your child in order to identify areas of strength and difficulty. The results of these assessments will be the basis of the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP), which will then be created to document SMART targets that will be closely monitored by the class teacher and SENDCo. This will be evaluated at the end of each term, by the child, the teacher and the parent. Parents have the opportunity to discuss their child’s IEP with the SENDCo and the child’s IEP will be sent home for parents to comment on and make suggestions.


Those children who have significant difficulties and complex needs may require an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) This is a statutory document which sets out objectives, strategies, resources and provision required for the child to make progress. There may be extra funding available to assist with this.


Please see our SEN policy for further information, or contact school to discuss anything further with the SENDCo Mrs R Whittaker – 0161 7894386