Pupils who have special educational needs are identified at an early stage and in a variety of ways, for example, through parental concerns, the class teacher or external agencies. The school has an Additional Learning Needs Policy which conforms with the Code of Practice recommended by the Welsh Assembly Government.
It is the policy to consult fully with parents of children who display any special needs whether learning difficulties or, at the other end of the spectrum, more able or gifted. Planning for a child’s particular needs is always a shared task between home and school. The school has an appointed Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator (ALNCo), Mrs H McCormick, who liaises with the class teacher and parents and assists in planning appropriate work programmes. There is also a designated Special Needs Governor, who takes an active role alongside the ALNCo.
Llanmartin Primary School has a ten place Learning Resource Base where children with specific learning difficulties are taught through a differentiated curriculum. We believe that it is important that the children in the Learning Centre are given opportunities for inclusion within a main stream classroom. Mrs McCormick is the teacher in our Learning Resource Base and is supported by two Teaching Assistants.
Where necessary, support is available from external agencies, such as the Educational Psychological Service, Visually Impaired Service, Hearing Impaired Service, Occupational Therapist, audio-metrician, speech therapist and physiotherapist.
Literacy and Numeracy intervention programmes are run throughout the school year by one of our trained Teaching Assistants, Mrs Selwyn. The children who access this extra support are identified through teacher assessment and the Statutory Numeracy and Literacy tests.
Equal opportunities is challenging any discrimination based upon the social divisions of race, class, gender, sexuality, ALN or the division of people on perceived differences of ability or disability.
We recognise that all individuals are different and have different needs. We provide equality of opportunity for all who learn and work within our school; we prepare pupils for life in a multicultural society. All areas of the curriculum and school life ensure the true essence of equal opportunities is inbuilt and effectively promoted. Every effort is made to ensure that arrangements for admission and access are taken to prevent disabled pupils being treated less favourably than others.
We aim to make all areas of school life accessible to all. This includes increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in all aspects of the life of the school. It also means that we aim to ensure the physical environment of our school is accessible for disabled pupils and adults.