St John The Baptist Catholic Primary School We pray together, work together and always do our best, following the example of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

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

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


  • If you have concerns about your child and you believe that they may have special educational needs, you should primarily speak with the class teacher.
  • Additionally, you could also arrange to meet with our SENCo, Mr Darby or make a bookable appointment with an Educational Psychologist.
  • Discussion between yourself, your child’s teacher and SENCo may follow to ensure all views have been considered and then an appropriate course of action will be taken between the SENCo, class teacher and parent(s), all closely working together.


What if my child’s needs are more complex?


If a child is displaying complex needs, we may complete a checklist which may indicate tendencies sometimes associated with different disabilities, such as autism, ADHD and attachment disorder. In this instance, we would speak to you, and with your permission, involve the support of outside agencies. Outside agencies are contacted to support us and your child and ensure their full potential in reached. These may include:

  • Educational Psychologist (EP)
  • Special school outreach e.g. Norman Gate
  • School Nurse
  • Children and Adult Mental Health Service (CAMHS) 
  • Primary Behaviour Service (PBS)  
  • Speech and Language Specialists (SALT)
  • Occupational Therapists (OT)
  • Specialist Teaching Advisory Service.


Together, we ensure the right support and strategies are there for your child.


How does St John’s know what they are doing is right?


  • Our SENCo is constantly developing an excellent understanding of how children with SEND learn through training, reading, observation and regular discussion with the children and staff.
  • The SENCo and class teacher regularly analyse pupil data to ensure they are making the expected progress.
  • The SENCo has regular discussions with the Head teacher, teachers and support staff, focusing on the progress and attainment of pupils.
  • The SENCo, Head teacher and Deputy Head observe practice in class to ensure differentiation is effective and that Children with SEN are accessing the curriculum.
  • Provision mapping is a tool we use to see, at a glance, the provision provided for all children and to ensure everybody who needs extra support is targeted.
  • Our SEND Governor, Roger Coveney, is dedicated to ensuring high achievement for all our children with SEN and meets with our SENCo each term to monitor and evaluate how we are ensuring this happens.
  • Additional support from specialists is valued and through a very close relationship with yourselves, your child’s teacher, LSA and SENCo it is reviewed continuously to make sure it is having the desired impact on the child’s learning.