Most children start school full-time in the September after their fourth birthday. This means they’ll turn 5 during their first school year.
Here you will find useful information about Primary Schools:
Age range: 4 years to 11 years and covers the whole primary stage of your childs education.
The first year of Primary school is called 'Reception' or 'Foundation'. After this children will begin in Year 1.
Primary Education can be split up into Infant and Junior Schools. These are usually separate schools on the same site.
Infant School: (Key stage 1)
Age range: 5 years to 7 years
Infant schools form the first part of a childs Primary Education.
Junior School: (Key stage 2)
Age range: 7years -11years
Junior schools form the second part of a childs Primary Education.
Primary and secondary schools categorise age groups by key stages. The purpose of key stages is to separate educational stages of the curriculum and also to adapt learning materials such as books or activities to the appropriate age. These are as follows;
Key stage 1 - children aged 4 to 7
Key stage 2 - children aged 7 to 11
Key stage 3 - children aged 11 to 14
Key stage 4 - children aged 14 to 16
Primary schools do not often have alot of tests due to the young age of children. SATs however (Standard Assessment Tests) are carried out at the end of each key stage to get and idea of the progress of your child’s learning.
A SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is a teacher who coordinates the provision for children with special educational needs or disabilities in schools. Many are also class teachers, and fulfil their SENCO duties on a part-time basis.
They will work together with parents to provide the best possible support for your child and if needed bring in specialists to work with your child in mainstream school. The SENCO will provide advice and guidance for the family to help them with their childrens learning and development.
If either you or the teacher has a concern about your child, the SENCO will go into the class to observe them and advise on what the next steps should be in terms of whether support is needed, and what that might involve.
Having a child with special needs can difficult and feelings often run high if things are going badly at school. Remember, the SENCO is there to support you and your child, and to be an advocate for you both. If something is not feeling quite right with your child, it’s always best to talk to the SENCO sooner rather than later
Schools are requirement by the SEND Code of Practice to publish a SEN Information Report (Special Educational Needs) This should be updated at least once a year.
The SEND Information Report should outline the school's provision for pupils with SEND and how the school will implement it's SEND Policy. It should include information for identifying, assessing and making provision for children with SEND.
The report should be clear and easy for Parents and Carers to read and understand. It will be one of the first things to read if you have a child with a special need and you are choosing a school for the first time, as it will give you a good idea of what support is available for your child should they need it.
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