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What should I do if I think my child may have special education needs?

Following the SEN Code of Practice, at Waterside we follow a graduated approach when meeting the needs of children with SEN.  For many children, simple changes to the way that the curriculum is delivered can make a significant impact on removing the barriers to their learning.


If you believe that your child is struggling or requires additional support please using the following steps: 


  • In the first instance make an appointment to speak to your child's class teacher. The class teacher will be able to discuss with you any concerns that you might have and share any information about the child. 
  • The teacher might feel that it would be helpful to have the SENDCo attend the meeting or to arrange an additional meeting with the SENDCo at a later date


At Waterside we closely monitor all of our children with special needs and at the meeting we may feel that we do need to put in place some strategies and interventions to try and remove your child's barriers to learning. If this is the case you will be informed of this and any targets that have been set for the child. 


Following our 4 Step approach, if we feel that your child is in need of additional you will be informed by school.  It is essential to support children in school, that we work closely with parents and carers. In the initial meeting, you may be made aware of the support that the school propose, and the school will sought from you yours and the child's views.  If your child is placed on the SEND register then you will have the opportunity to meet regularly with the class teacher and SENDCo to review your child's targets.