Special Educational Needs
At Blackfordby St. Margaret's every child is known to us individually, and every child is a special child with his or her own needs. Extra help is provided when we feel that it is required. In cases which present particular need, we seek advice from the appropriate agencies available to us, such as Education Psychology Service, the Hearing Impaired Service and the Visually Impaired Service. The school has a Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs. Savage, whose role is to co-ordinate provision for the children with special education needs by maintaining a record and overseeing all the children's records. The Governors have a policy for special educational needs which is reviewed regularly. They do their best to secure the necessary provision for any pupil with special needs, ensuring that the teachers in the school are aware of the importance of identifying need and providing for those pupils. At Blackfordby St. Margaret's, children with special needs are assessed and where a need arises, they are supported in small groups, or within the class, as appropriate. We feel that it is important to ensure that all children have access to the same balanced curriculum. Pupils who are newly identified as having SEN that meet the LA's criteria, will initially be placed on the Special Needs Record at 'School Action' during which time, their educational difficulties will be targeted using school initiatives. If, subsequently, there has been little / no improvement, pupils will then progress to 'School Action Plus at which point, outside advice and / or support will be sought.
Arrangements for Disabled Pupils
Our Admissions Policy sustains equal opportunities of admission. Steps are taken to prevent disabled pupils from being treated less favourably than other pupils. We have disabled toilet facilities and provision for a lift to the first floor classroom. Our ethos underpins a policy of tolerance and compassion towards all children. Through daily interaction between children and adults who care for them, attention given to the teaching of courtesy and kindness. Christian Acts of Worship are an integral part of life. We treat all our pupils fairly and with the highest level of care, kindness and value. We encourage all our pupils to achieve his or her best. We do not discriminate against any pupil or disability.