All pupils at Swanbourne House benefit from outstanding teaching and learning. Whilst we are lucky to have an exceptional team of SEND specialists, working under our SENDCo, Mrs Justine Mitchener, learning support does not stop there. Every teacher in the school is a SEND practitioner who supports the individual needs of every child with careful, differentiated planning to ensure that all children access the curriculum effectively.

We work closely with parents and have a body of highly qualified and experienced teaching and support staff who provide a warm and nurturing environment in which all children can thrive and succeed. We aim to identify SEND early and work very hard to assess and meet children’s needs quickly and effectively.

Where children have been identified as having specific learning needs, their classroom tasks will be suitably set up and differentiated by the class teacher or teaching assistant taking into account their individual learning style. If a child has needs related to more specific areas of their education, such as literacy or numeracy, the child may be placed in a targeted intervention group run by a teacher, specialist learning support teacher or teaching assistant. The interventions are reviewed half termly to ascertain the effectiveness of the provision and to inform future planning.

Children may be given an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with clearly identifiable SMART targets. These will be monitored by the class teacher and reviewed by the SENDCo each term. Individual Education Plans are discussed regularly with relevant teaching staff, parents and children.

“We recognise that each child is unique with individual strengths and weaknesses and we are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive environment for all our pupils with equal access to learning. It is our aim for all pupils to become lifelong learners and we pride ourselves on catering for the needs of each individual child.”                          Mrs J Mitchener, SENDCo

The school takes its pastoral responsibilities in this area very seriously and we believe that the emotional and social well-being of pupils is a very important element of successful learning. The encouragement of an inclusive approach in every aspect of school life is central to our philosophy and ethos.

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