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Longtower Primary School, Derry



Special Educational Needs

A child has SEN if he or she has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for them special educational provision is support which is additional or different to the support usually available to children of the same age’

At Long Tower P.S. we are an inclusive school and we aim to support all children and their individual needs. Need falls into the following categories:

  • Communication and interaction;
  • Cognition and learning;
  • Social, emotional and behavioural;
  • Sensory and/or physical needs.

Who is responsible for children with SEN?

Class teachers are responsible for the day to day support for all children in their class. Each class teacher assesses the children continually as part of their teaching. If a teacher feels that a child is not making expected progress they will focus targeted interventions in class. If more or different support is needed, then an IEP will be put in place to support the child to help them make progress.   These targets will be discussed with the class teacher, parent and child.

Our Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs McCrystal.

The SENCo will monitor progress and will seek advice from other professionals to make a more detailed assessment.

All staff have had extensive in-service training to help them manage a range of special educational needs.

Contacting someone about any concerns

Your child’s class teacher is your first point of contact and will be available to arrange a time to meet with you. You can also arrange to speak to the SENCo by contacting the school office on 02871261484.

Involving Parents and Children

At Long Tower Primary School, we strive to develop strong relationships with parents. We have termly SEN parents’ meetings were targets for IEPs are discussed and agreed. It is very important for staff and parents to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children.

Concerns/ Complaints

We hope you are happy with the provision in place at Long Tower Primary School. Please talk to the Class Teacher, SENCo or Principal if you feel you have any difficulties and we will endeavour to resolve them.

For more information about SEN please read our SEN Policy