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Children and young people with Cognition and Learning difficulties, Social, Emotional & Mental Health difficulties, Communication & Interaction Difficulties or a Sensory or Physical Need can struggle in a school environment where the support they receive may not be sufficient to meet their specific need. This can result in low self-esteem, low self-confidence and/or inappropriate behaviours.

Each child, whatever their need, may require a different style of teaching and support, and identifying these needs can be a key moment of progress in a pupils school life. Lodestar school runs and initial assessment process for all new pupils, and had access to specific testing and assessment methods for pupils we feel may have additional barriers.

At Lodestar each pupil is encouraged to recognise their needs, strengths and abilities in different areas of the curriculum.

Our approach to teaching learners with SEND

  • Provide differentiated lessons to improve the educational opportunities of all pupils, regardless of ability
  • Improve the literacy and numeracy skills of pupils via differentiated lesson plans and literacy and numeracy intervention
  • Increase the confidence of students with SEND, encouraging them to be involved in their own provision
  • Involve parents at every opportunity to ensure they are aware of all aspects of the special needs provision made for their child
  • Ensure gaps in progression between groups of pupils with differing needs are addressed promptly and effectively

Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEND) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

If a child currently has a statement of SEND or an Education Health and Care Plan this will continue and be reviewed annually. A child may receive an Education, Health and Care plan following assessments by professionals.

Lodestar accepts responsibility for arranging the review for your child should it become due during their time with us.