Special Educational Needs Policy
Newport's aim is to provide a framework of 'in-class support' for students with a range of learning difficulties. We do not normally withdraw students from lessons but instead provide them with the necessary help to function across the curriculum and thus have access to the National Curriculum.
Newport is a non-selective school and there is close liaison between the learning support department and feeder primary schools to ensure that we are aware of student's needs as soon as possible. To this end, we always welcome close involvement with parents.
In line with the 1993 Education Act and the resulting Code of Practice Newport has a five stage assessment programme. A parent's guide to the Code of Practice may be obtained from the Central Office of Information for the Department for Education and Employment. Newport has developed a whole school approach to Special Educational Needs and the work is coordinated by a Special Education Needs Coordinator, currently Mrs Catherine Hastings.
The Learning Support Department works closely with outside agencies such as the Essex Schools' Educational Psychology Service, the school's medical services and other agencies which can offer support, assessment facilities or advice.
The work of the Learning Support Department is partly funded by Essex County Council but also from within the school's own budget.
The progress of children with special educational needs is subject to regular review and involves parents at all stages. All children are fully integrated into mainstream school.
If you would like further information about the Code of Practice, learning support or Newport's policy on special educational needs please contact the school.