Special Educational Needs
SENCO - Mr D Thompson
Deputy SENCO - Mrs S Jeffery
Every child that has a special educational need will be supported by our SENCOs and school staff in a number of ways.
- Intervention teaching groups are in place to provide targeted teaching to children who require extra support across the curriculum.
- Higher Needs Funding (HNF) will be applied for where children meet the criteria set by the local authority for requiring extra forms of support that cannot be met through the schools Education Plans.
- Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) will be put in place for children requiring a higher level of support than Higher Needs Funding can provide.
Where it is of benefit for a child’s education, use of alternative provision may be sought.
Milton Keynes Primary Pupil Referral Unit, URN 134310, current Ofsted rating Good
Romans Field Site
What is sensory processing?
Sensory processing is the way that our body takes in and makes sense of information. Our senses include hearing, vision, touch, taste and smell, as well as vestibular processing (which helps with balance and movement), proprioception (which is the awareness of our body in the space around it), and interoception (our awareness of our internal body feelings). We use our senses every day to interact with the world.
What might happen when sensory processing becomes a problem?
- Children might find sensory information overwhelming and they might struggle to cope with certain sensory experiences. They may try to avoid certain things, people or places.
- Children might find everyday tasks difficult to tolerate, such as showering, wearing certain clothes, eating or teeth-brushing.
- Children may seek out sensations to help them to regulate in a way that creates a problem in another way, (for example, needing to move a lot during lessons).
- When children are overwhelmed by sensory information it can make it more difficult for them to communicate their needs.
- Sensory sensitivities can lead to higher stress and anxiety levels in a child. This in turn can mean they’re more tuned into sensory information and can become overwhelmed more easily.
- Children may present differently from one day to the next and their sensory needs may be context specific or be influenced by other factors, such as mood, tiredness or stress levels.
Please click on the link below to access a range of resources to support you at home if you think your child may have sensory processing difficulties. The website includes a wide range of advice covering areas such as bedwetting, dressing, eating and mealtimes to name a few.