Special Educational Needs
The aims for students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities at the Phoenix Private School are the same as those for all children. Thus, the culture, practice, management and deployment of resources are designed to ensure that the needs of all children are fulfilled. The school strives to empower students to achieve their full potential.
Definition of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
A child is identified as having a Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) if there is a,
“restriction in the capacity of the person to participate in and benefit from education on account of an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or learning disability, or any other condition which results in a person learning differently from a person without that condition”.
(National Council for Special Education, 2014)
There are four main areas to SEND that encompass the needs of a SEN child:
SEN education is about enabling all children, in line with their abilities, to live full and independent lives so that they can contribute to their communities, cooperate with other people and continue to learn throughout their lives.
Strategies of the SEN Programme
The Golden Curriculum is an enriched programme that the Phoenix Private School has devised which supports children within the framework of SEN. It covers the basic fundamentals and concepts that support the mainstream academics as well as developing the student’s social, emotional and behavioural skills. Our main aim is to prepare the child to be independent in areas of academics, play and social skills. We tailor the curriculum to encompass the needs of each individual child and incorporate their strengths into this framework. The shadow teachers provide support to the child to achieve their maximum level of independence, within or outside of the classroom, in the school setting.
Differentiation and Inclusion
The SEN programme focuses on reinforcing the principles of:
This may also mean that to enable the student to cope with mainstream school environment, the SEN department may suggest reduced schooling hours until it is deemed that the student can cope with a full school day.
Individual Education Plan (IEP)
The IEP help to identify precise and specific targets to suit the needs of the SEN child. The IEP preparation process will include SEN and teaching staff as well as the child and parents. This is used in lessons to differentiate learning for SEN pupils by tailoring the curriculum to suit their individual needs.
Role of a Shadow Teacher
Exams/Assessments will be discussed on a case to case basis with parents and will be based on the individual needs of the student.
We work as a team to reinforce positive learning. We promote teaching the children skills that will benefit their social development within the community and within their daily lives. External trip are a part of life skills learning as well. The students learn to socialise with their peers and teachers via fun tasks and activities. In addition, these help the children develop the behaviour norms of the community and within school by taking part in group tasks and school trips.