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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.

At Avalon, we aim to identify and assess children who are finding challenge in any areas as early as possible. We can then provide intervention programmes that meet the needs of each child and provide opportunities for them to experience challenges and success. By providing intervention within a nurturing environment we aim for all our children to become independent and confident learners.

Often in-school targeted help can overcome the difficulties a child is experiencing; for example, extra maths support to help with confidence with numbers. 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. However, if after a period of time, school interventions do not seem to be having the desired affect we may seek the help of an appropriate outside agency or specialist. We work closely with any external services and parents to ensure that every child gets the help they need.

Our SENDCo for the EYFS is Mrs Lucy Hunt and our SENDCo for the main school is Mr Martin Ashton.

They can be contacted via the school office.