Commonly Asked Questions


How does FitzWimarc School know if children need extra help?

Children may be identified as having SEN through a variety of ways including the following:-

• Liaison with previous primary school

• Child performing below age expected levels

• Concerns raised by Parent

• Through regular meetings held between the SEN representative from each department and the  SENCO and weekly meetings with all members of the Learning Support Team.

• Liaison with external agencies.

• Health diagnosis through paediatrician/doctor

As a school we measure children’s progress in learning against National expectations and age related expectations.

The class teachers continually assess each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed. As a school, we track children’s progress from entry through to Year 11, using a variety of different methods and assessment tools.

Children who are not making expected progress are picked up within departments through our half termly data progress tracking and discussions take place within the department in the first instance and with the SENCo and Head of Year as necessary concerning why individual children are experiencing difficulty and what further support can be given to aid their progression.


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

Talk to us –contact the Learning Support Department by telephone or email outlining your concerns. We pride ourselves on building positive relationships with parents. We are open and honest with parents and hope that they are able to do the same with us.


How will the school staff support my child?

Our SENCO will ensure that staff understand your child’s needs and have the necessary training and skills to support them effectively to allow them to make progress. Teaching staff will differentiate individual subject work and assess progress regularly. There may be a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) working with your child either individually or as part of a group, if this is felt to be necessary in order for them to achieve their targets.

The regularity of these sessions varies from pupil to pupil and will be explained to parents when the support starts.


How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?

All work within class is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically this might mean that in a lesson there would be  different levels of work set for the class, materials may be available in a variety of formats and pupils may be able to record their ideas in different ways that best meet their needs. On occasions this may be individually differentiated to cater for an individual’s specific needs. The benefit of this type of differentiation is that all children can access a lesson and learn at their level alongside their peers.



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