Special Educational Needs and Disability
At Mangotsfield School we have a comprehensive network of support available to ensure that every child with special educational needs reaches their full potential.
What are Special Educational Needs (SEN) ?
A child has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children of about the same age.
Many children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education and a few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.
Special educational needs could mean that a child has difficulties with;
Cognition and Learning
This includes difficulties with literacy skills, numeracy skills and accessing the curriculum.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
This includes difficulties with concentrating and behaviour as well as anxiety and other mental health issues.
Communication and Interaction
This includes expressing themselves or understanding others and difficulties associated with the Autistic spectrum.
Physical and Sensory
Needs which can include difficulties with vision, hearing or mobility.
Children make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers at Mangotsfield School take account of this in the way they organise their lessons and teach. Children making slower progress or having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed. This targeted support is overseen by the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).
Our SEND Team
The Mangotsfield School team includes our:
Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) – who is responsible for ensuring that your child is able to access the curriculum and all curriculum activities. They also ensure that provision for children with Additional Needs is in accordance with the new SEND Code of Practice.
Clare Halsey is the SENCo at Mangotsfield School. If you would like to contact her directly her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) – who run the nurture group, run the Literacy intervention programme and have a specialism in English as an Additional Language. For further information about these programmes and their work, please contact our SENCo.
Teaching Assistants (TAs) - who support individual students with additional educational needs in class with their peers across the curriculum. They also provide one-to-one support for literacy and numeracy intervention, speech and language, social/life skills, exam revision, homework, coursework and mentoring. Teaching Assistants also support small groups of children and work alongside teachers encouraging students’ greater confidence, independence and self-management strategies.
We believe strongly in a collaborative approach and we work very closely with families, communicating regularly through emails, phone calls and meetings. We would encourage any parent who is concerned about their child’s learning and progress to discuss this initially with their class teacher or their mentor.
If you would like any more information or would like to visit the School, please contact the school’s main switchboard on 01454 862700 or email:
Special Educational Needs - Mangotsfield Offer
Mangotsfield School tracks all students identified as having additional needs and monitors the impact of interventions. This includes students who have medical needs, learning needs, disabilities, looked after children, young carers, behavioural and emotional issues which impact on learning and children in need. Students with a statement or Education, Health and Care Plan and those as identified as SEN support are included on our Inclusion Register.
The document below provides further information which shows the provision of support we offer students with Special Educational Needs and Disability at Mangotsfield School.