3. How do we identify that a child has additional needs?


Early identification of pupils with AN is a priority. On entry to the school each child’s aptitudes and abilities will be assessed, and as the children continue through school, the school will use appropriate screening and assessment tools to ascertain pupil progress. Whether or not a pupil is making appropriate progress is seen as a significant factor in considering the need for AN provision (see Appendix 3).  Assessment data will include:

  • Information from parents.
  • Evidence obtained by teacher observation/assessment.
  • Children’s performance in National Curriculum subjects.
  • Progress in relation to Assessing Pupils’ Progress objectives.
  • Standardised screening or assessment tools.
  • Records from pre-school settings.
  • Reports from external agencies, such as Educational Psychology, Portage and Speech Therapy.


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