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Additional Educational Needs

All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school. We will support the children in their learning, ensuring they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

Below is a brief overview of the additional programmes we deliver to support all learners, where appropriate. If you wish to discuss your child’s support programmes please do not hesitate to contact the school.


More Able
We aim to ensure that children who demonstrate exceptional knowledge, skills and talents are provided for. These children may be identified as demonstrating knowledge and skill levels exceeding National Curriculum year group expectations. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children. The school works to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, and aims to harness and develop the gifts and talents that our children display.


Speech and Language
Children demonstrating speech and language difficulties may be referred to the Speech and Language Community Therapy Service. These programmes can include speech sound production, language development and social skills, depending on the child’s needs. Targeted Speech and Language interventions are identified within the child’s individual learning plan (My Plan and My Plan+). School will endeavour to work closely with the Advisory Teacher Service to support the children’s development.


EAL - English as an Additional Language
At Gardners Lane Primary School we are privileged to have in our care children from across the globe and, as an inclusive school, we value greatly the culture, religions and language diversity that these children and their families bring with them. On arrival at Gardners Lane a language assessment will be carried out by the EAL lead to best support their language development. We aim to provide additional support for children who have English as an Additional Language, both inside and outside the classroom environment. Our EAL Lead aims to ensure that all children who speak languages other than English have their rich language skills and heritage celebrated at school. Our school aims to ensure that children receive any support required in order to gain maximum benefits from their learning whilst in our care.


Pastoral Support
This intervention is accessible to all pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspects of home/school life e.g. a family bereavement, which may impact on their school life.


Medical and Dietary Care

A Medical Care Plan will be made for all children with an existing health/medical need.

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