Special Educational Needs

At Star International School we are committed to the equal inclusion of all pupils in all areas of primary school life. We recognise the diverse and individual needs of all of our pupils and take into account the additional support required by those children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

How we support SEN

Typically, a child with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities will have an Individual Education Plan which sets out targets that are currently being worked on and what additional provision is put in place for that child. The content of the plan is negotiated, as appropriate, with the child and the child’s family. This is why it is so important that parents/carers attend our Parental Consultation meetings. At every stage of the process both the child and family are held as central to what we do.

For many children, targets will be connected to learning and will often be specifically to do with Literacy and Numeracy. For other children, they may be to do with social interaction, communicating with children and adults, emotional difficulties, overcoming physical issues (for example problems to do with fine motor control) … the list is endless! The most important point is this: targets depend on the needs of the child.

Additional provision is overseen by the school’s highly-qualified SENCo and is designed and implemented by an excellent team of teachers, ably supported by a fantastic group of teaching assistants. Like with individual targets, the most important point is this: additional provision depends on the needs of the child.

In addition, all Star pupils benefit from a range of teaching and learning styles; a differentiated curriculum; a range of differentiated learning materials (both for reinforcement and extension); assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements; access to ICT; differentiated booster classes; and a broad range of extra-curricular activities. It is worth pointing out that we do not offer targeted extra-curricular activities for children with Special Education Needs, but instead actively try to ensure that all our extra-curricular activities are adapted for children’s specific needs.