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SEN (Learning support)

All children have their own particular gifts and talents. Avalon School uses its small classes and friendly yet purposeful atmosphere to encourage all children to develop their individual strengths. Where children have been identified as having strong gifts or talents, academic work is differentiated to provide more challenging activities – both in the classroom and in homework. These can include, for example, more advanced project work. Talents in many subjects such as music, drama, art and sport are further developed through the extensive extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

One-to-one or small group support work is fully integrated into the mainstream curriculum. Additional support work by classroom assistants – both inside the classroom and in withdrawal lessons – is also directed by the specialist support teacher. Every child involved enjoys an individually tailored programme of support, targeting his/her individual needs.

Avalon School also has a professional support structure for children who suffer from specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) that helps them to maximise their potential. A qualified, dyslexia specialist teacher assesses children who experience difficulties and liaises with the school’s special education needs co-ordinator about the nature and extent of the support programme which she then delivers. Where appropriate, she will also liaise with educational psychologists and other external agencies about assessment and provision.

Our SENDCo for the EYFS is Miss Sharon Edwards and our SENDCo for the main school is Mr Martin Ashton.

They can be contacted via the school office.