The school aims to provide a differentiated curriculum, relating learning targets, tasks, resources and learning support to individual children’s needs in order to maximise their achievement and progress. If there is a need for an increase in staff or for additional resources over and above that available to all children, the school will attempt to source external funding where this is available. If additional funding is not available, parents will be required to fund any additional provision necessary.
Staff at Annan have experience of working with children with a wide range of Special Education Needs. These include children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, sensory difficulties, aspergers, autism and non-specific learning difficulties as well as a range of emotional and physical or medical needs.
The school’s SENCo is Janet Jenion who has worked for many years with children with a range of special needs. Janet is particularly skilled at supporting parents and assessing children. She has a wide expertise including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Autism. Janet is supported by Mark Hunter who also has a lot of experience of dealing with agencies and support for children with SEN. We have also supported families through the statementing process and can organise assessments and therapy for children who need it.
We advise parents to come in to talk through what would be needed to support their child and consider whether the environment is suitable and their child’s needs could be met at Annan.
Children who are exceeding what is expected for a child of their age by a significant degree would be offered extension work both within the class situation and also in small groups. We currently have a children’s author who comes in every week to work with our talented writers.
We are committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources for children for whom English is an additional language. We use a whole school approach in supporting them and value and welcome the diversity and enrichment a child with English as an additional language, together with their family, can bring to our community of learners. Please see our EAL Policy for more information.