Birchfields Primary School

Aiming High Together

Find out how we can support your child if they need additional support or alternative arrangements.

Make an appointment to come in and speak to Mrs Dobbins by phoning 0161 224 3892

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At Birchfields we have experience of supporting children with a variety of Special Educational Needs (SEN) including learning difficulties, communication difficulties, emotional difficulties and sensory difficulties.  We liaise with parents, families and experts involved with the child to discuss what support and arrangements can be made to meet each individual child's needs.


When concerns are raised that a child may have SEN, the SENco arrange a meeting with the class teacher and parents to discuss concerns.  This may lead to a period of further monitoring or a support plan being implemented quickly.  Children will be added to the SEN register if all parties agree there are ongoing needs.


Children on the SEN Support list are monitored by class teachers and discussed regularly with the SENco.  The SENco talks to each of these children twice a year to discuss their learning strengths and things they find helpful.  This is followed by a group meeting of parents, class teacher, SENco and anyone else who is involved in the child's education.  The group meeting reviews and evaluates progress and support, plans upcoming support and decides whether further assessment is needed.    


Class teachers are guided by the SENco to ensure individual children's needs are met within the classroom.  They differentiate work including personalisation if needed.  The SENco also advises on classroom layout and resources appropriate for supporting individual children.  A team of TAs provide some in class support and some withdrawn interventions either in small groups or 1-1.


Transition to a new class within school is planned for children with SEN on an individual basis.  It begins as early as possible in the summer term in preparation for September.  Some children are given a booklet to look at over the summer with information about their new class.  Transition from Reception to Year 1 includes visits from the new teacher to the class in their current setting and a series of visits to the new classroom both with and without their Reception teacher.  Transition from Year 6 to High school is planned on an individual basis with the High school and parents.  Birchfields will provide accompanying adults and transport for some High School visits.


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