As a faculty we have a link teacher who is responsible for cascading information to all the departments.
We adopt the Special Needs Policy documentation and are in direct contact with the special needs co-ordinator.
A complete copy of the Code of Practice on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational needs is available in the Curriculum Support office for all staff requiring information.
The Key Route System, which is used in all schools in West Sussex, is used to record all information about children with special needs.
If a student experiences difficulties in class, or makes little progress the Head of Department may become involved.
In our mark books all members of the department should have a record of the special needs codes. These codes may be placed next to particular children's names in the mark book.
All members of the department record special learning difficulties of individual children and as a department we discuss the achievements of individuals and any strategies adopted.
We are striving to collect data on all the children in the school which includes C.A.T scores, S.A.T scores, reading ages, literacy difficulties, examination results, National Curriculum Levels and physical disabilities. This will allow us to set work, which is suitable to the children's needs. We intend to work with the Special Needs Department in order to develop our project handouts to cater for all abilities (see Differentiation).
The department method of assessing and recording progress may help with identifying problems, which can be acted upon. It is quite common that children who experience difficulties with written work can produce practical work of a very high standard and these pupils can develop greater self -confidence, which can positively influence his/her attitude to work. If it is beneficial the parents of certain children will be contacted through the Head of House.
See school policy on dealing with children with impaired hearing, children whose first language is not English, visually impaired children and epilepsy.