Effective teaching is achieved by matching the level of work to the individual ability of each pupil so that he/she may reach his/her own inherent academic potential.
Children are taught using a variety of styles – whole class; small group – mixed ability or differentiated by ability; individual teaching.
The chosen style will be appropriately matched to the task being undertaken by the pupil.
Special Educational Needs
Learning Support Teacher :- Mrs Anne Totten.
The Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy in the Preparatory Department has due regard for the School’s Mission Statement and for the DENI Code of Practice for the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs.
We seek to meet the needs of each child.
The policy accepts that there is a wide variety of difficulties which may lead to special educational needs. In the Preparatory Department special educational needs usually concern the following:
- General/Specific Learning Difficulties
- Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
- Medical/Physical Difficulties
The Class Teachers continuously monitor and assess their pupils. If a child is identified as having a learning difficulty or a behavioural or an emotional problem this will be reported by the class teacher to the Learning Support Teacher and the parents will be informed. The Code of Practice will be implemented and an Individual Educational Plan prepared. Additional help and support may be required within the classroom and at home.
Where necessary, assessment and advice will be sought from the Educational Psychology Service provided by the Education Authority and from the school’s Clinical Medical Officer. We seek to work closely with parents at all times in the best interests of their child.
The Learning Support teacher works with individuals and small groups of pupils. She prepares Individual Education Plans along with the child’s class teacher.
Short term special educational needs due to illness will be organised in consultation with the child’s parents, the Clinical Medical Officer and the child’s GP.
Parents requiring further information about the SEN Policy may arrange to meet with the Head of the Department.
At the end of Key Stage One (during P4) and at the end of Key Stage Two (during P7) assessment of literacy, numeracy and ICT attainment will be recorded.
Reporting to Parents
Each child’s progress is monitored continuously throughout the year.
In September parents receive a plan detailing Parent/Teacher contact and the monitoring of each child’s progress. Parents are invited to a Parent Information Evening during early September when information is given regarding the curriculum and classroom organisation for P1-P6.
P7 Parent/Teacher interviews take place in October regarding progress towards the Transfer procedure.
Progress interviews with P1-P6 parents also take place in October.
The end of year Annual Report for each pupil is distributed at the beginning of June. Parents have the opportunity to attend a further Parent/Teacher interview to discuss progress and the Annual Report.
Assessment for Learning within the Revised Curriculum
Pupils are encouraged to become more actively involved in their own learning process. Assessment is a key part of the on going learning process rather than an end product. Hence the title Assessment for Learning as opposed to Assessment of Learning.
How do teachers assess children?
A varied range of assessment techniques is used as an integral part of the learning and teaching process, not just at the end of a lesson or topic. Teachers select techniques that best suit the nature of the work being assessed and the purpose of the assessment at the particular time for example:
- Class discussion
- Oral, written, visual presentations or physical demonstrations
- Independent or group tasks
- Project work
- Diagnostic and/or standardised tests
Evidence from these activities helps teachers:
- Identify strengths and areas for improvement
- Plan the next stage of learning
- Make summative judgements at a particular point in time, for example, at the end of a topic, unit of work or the end of each year.
We wish parents to know that if they have concerns at any time, they should please contact the Secretary who will liaise with the Head of the Department or the Class Teacher to arrange a convenient time to meet to discuss their child’s progress.