The individual needs of children will, in the vast majority of cases, be met within the classroom by the class teacher and the support staff. However, occasionally a child may be identified as having additional needs which are having an impact on the child's education. In such situations, the school’s Special Educational Needs Co- ordinator (SENCo) works with the class teacher to provide advice and support in meeting these additional needs.
With consent from parents, observations, assessments/screeners may be undertaken to gather further information about the child’s specific needs. A plan to address the additional needs is then put in place. The school will keep parents informed of the provision their child receives and the progress made.
The school SENCo, where necessary, will make referrals to outside agencies, such as: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT), Isle Listen and the Educational Psychology team.
Isle Listen is a mental health charitable organisation part of MCH Psychological Services, an Isle of Man registered charity with nearly 40 years’ experience providing psychological support.
Kooth- Isle of Man, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use. On Kooth you can chat to our friendly counsellors, read articles written by young people, get support from the Kooth community and write in a daily journal.
The FIZZY and Clever Hands Programmes are recommended by occupational therapy as programmes for schools and parents to use to assist in the development of motor skills for those children who find this challenging.