Learning together, Growing together!
For our students to be forward thinking leaders, equipped with competencies and positive attitudes that fulfill individual aspirations based on universal values, and to become socially responsible global citizens.
At PRIMUS PRIVATE SCHOOL(PPS) our mission is for each student to:
Impart desirable traits of integrity, punctuality, courtesy and cooperation
Proudly preserve their cultural heritage while honoring the national identity and culture of the UAE
Acquire a high standard of academic, social and personal competencies and skills
Develop lively, enquiring minds with a drive to learn and strive for academic excellence
Be critical thinkers and creative problem solvers
Develop a strong sense of self-esteem and individuality, encouraged by self-reliance and independence
Imbibe sound moral and spiritual values within the supportive and caring school community and society at large
Be useful citizens who will contribute towards the environmental preservation of the societies in which they live
This policy is written in conjunction with:
Federal Law No. (29) of 2006 on the Rights of Persons with Special Needs,
DSIB Private School Policy and Guidance Manual.
In the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum “The goals are clear, the road is paved and the clock ticks; there is no place for hesitation”.
The school’s SEND admission policy has the right to admit students with learning
difficulties or physical disabilities and adequate provisions will be made to meet
their respective needs. It is whole school responsibility to meet the needs of
children with SEND.
DSIB categorization as follows:
• Specific Learning Disability (includes Dyslexia)
• Emotional and Behavioral Disorder (includes ADD and ADHD)
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Speech and Language Disorder
• Physical and Health Related Disabilities
• Visually Impairment
• Hearing Impairment
• Multiple Disabilities
• Gifted & Talented Students
PPS is committed to meeting the educational needs of all students with mild or moderate SEND, and those who are deemed gifted and/or talented. We aim to:
Develop all students to their full potential and valuing them equally
Identify students with SEND at the earliest possible time in order to support their physical, social, emotional and/or intellectual development
Ensure that there is a consistent, whole-school approach to the identification, support and teaching of students with SEND throughout the school
Involving, where appropriate, students in their SEND provision
Involve parents in a partnership of support by ensuring that they are made aware of the school’s arrangements for SEND, involving them as soon as a concern has been raised, supporting them in their dealings with outside agencies, and involving them in the formulation and the review of their child’s Individual Education Plans
Our Provision for Students with SEND
Students with SEND have a learning need that requires special educational provision to be made for them which is additional to, or different from, the differentiated curriculum provision made for students in the classroom.
(i) Students with Formal Diagnosed Special Educational Needs
Students who start their education in PPS, with formal documentation of a specific diagnosis will be supported by an Individual Education Plan, produced by the SENCO, within the first month of their arrival in the school.
Where appropriate, students will be encouraged to participate in their own IEP process.
(ii) Students who do not have a Formal Diagnosed Special Educational Needs
PPS recognizes the importance of early identification and intervention. PPS undertakes a Graduated Approach to the identification, assessment and support of students with SEND. The approach recognizes that there is a continuum of special educational needs and that, where necessary, increasing specialist expertise should be brought to bear on the difficulties that a child may experience.
Stage 1. Differentiation
The educational needs of the majority of students will be met in the classroom. The teacher tailors instruction to meet the student’s individual needs.
The teacher plans activities at the appropriate level to enable progress to be achieved.
The teacher may differentiate the content, the process, the products or the learning environment and/or may use ongoing assessment and flexible grouping.
Support group for students across phase identifies and helps students who need remedial class for one or more subjects and their social and communication skills.
Stage 2. First Support Plan (FSP)
An Initial Support Plan (ISP) will be formulated for students requiring a higher level of differentiation or accommodation for academic, behavioral or social/emotional concerns.
The FSP will include the student’s area(s) of difficulty, the student’s strengths and areas of need and any accommodations that are in place to assist the student’s learning. There will also be a set of specific targets, each one accompanied by the teaching strategies that will be employed to support them.
The FSP will be shared and approved by the parents
The FSP will be reviewed on a termly basis, by the teacher, in consultation with the SENCO and the parent
When an FSP review indicates that the student has reached expected levels academically or in behavior, an exit letter will be sent by the SENCO to the parents. A meeting with the parents will then be arranged to share suggestions for supporting and maintaining the expected levels at home.
The class teacher and the SENCO will continue to monitor the student’s progress.
Stage 3. Additional Support
Where it is deemed necessary and appropriate, a student will receive additional support in-class or in small intervention group.
Stage 4. Outside Assessment and an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Where the student does not, after an appropriate period of time, reach expected levels academically or in behavior, or where the school believes that the student has an undiagnosed special educational need, the parents will be advised to seek outside, professional assessment. The resulting diagnosis will be supported by an IEP, written by the SENCO in consultation with the parents, the student’s teachers and, where appropriate, the student.
(iii) Gifted and Talented Students and an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP)
Gifted and talented students may be significantly ahead of the majority of their peers in one or more of the following areas:
those who show an exceptional ability. This might be in areas such as music, art or sport, or a less easily acknowledged talent such as leadership, creative imagination, or social maturity.
those pupils who possess a general academic learning ability which is significantly greater than those of their peers.
It is recognized that some children may have dual exceptionalities.
‘All-rounders’ are children who are both gifted and talented.
In PPS, students who have been identified as gifted and talented will be educated with differentiated learning tasks and a challenging curriculum. They will be provided with appropriate advanced learning opportunities and experiences to develop their potential and to satisfy their learning needs through the development of an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP).
The Individual Education and Individual Behavior Plan
An Individual Education Plan will be produced for all students who have formal documentation of a specific diagnosis from medical officers, educational psychologists, psychiatrists, speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, hearing impairment services, visual impairment services or other medical consultants.
The IEP/IBP will be written by the SENCO in consultation with the phase supervisor, student’s teachers, parents .
The IEP/IBP will include the diagnosed area(s) of difficulty, the student’s areas of strengths and needs and any accommodations and/or modifications that are to be put in place to assist the student’s learning
The IEP will include a set of specific targets and the teaching strategies to support these targets, additional to those that children will receive through the normal differentiated curriculum, which will support the student and enable the student to progress in their particular area(s) of difficulty.
The IEP/IBP will be shared with all school staff who work with the child.
The IEP/IBP will be reviewed termly as a working document.
The Advanced Learning Plan (ALP)
An Advanced Learning Plan will be produced for students identified under our policy for Gifted and Talented .
PPS Accommodations and Modifications for a Student with SEN
In order to meet the educational needs of students with SEND, accommodations and modifications in teaching methods, learning materials, the learning environment and assessments/examinations may be necessary.
Accommodations are changes that do not alter the curriculum being taught such as use of computer, allowing extra time in assessments/examinations etc. Modifications are changes that alter the curriculum being taught such as lower level readers, covering less material in class or in homework.
PPS: Roles and Responsibilities The Principal
The Principal regularly evaluates and monitors practice in admitting and providing services for children with SEND, and those who are identified as Gifted and/or Talented.
The Principal provides adequate staffing, space and resources to aid the provision of SEND.
The Principal recruits a SENCo, SEND teachers and support staff who are trained and skilled in supporting students with SEND.
The Principal provides adequate training to all staff working with students with SEND
The Principal works with all staff members to identify areas for development in special educational needs and contribute to the school’s development plan.
The Principal provides all students with the opportunity to access the full curriculum within the most appropriate setting
The Principal is responsible for establishing a Learning Support Assistant Team at their school
The principal crafted a SAT (SEND ACTION TEAM) to coordinate the SEND
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)
The SENCO, with the support of the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team, takes responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the school’s SEND Policy.
The SENCO works closely with all staff to ensure the effective day-to-day operation of the school’s SEN Policy.
The SENCO maintains a register of all students who have a diagnosed SEND, having a plan, and those who are being observed and monitored.
The SENCO monitors assessment data of all students in the school to track the progress of those students with SEND and to identify students who are not achieving academically at their level and may need intervention.
The SENCO will meet with parents/guardians of SEND students prior to the beginning of each new school year and no later than within the first month of the school year to make arrangements to meet the individual child’s needs.
The SENCO liaises with the parents of students with SEN and includes them in the IEP process.
The SENCO liaises with external agencies including medical services, educational psychology services and health services.
The SENCO attends training courses, conferences and cluster meetings to ensure skills and knowledge are kept up-to-date.
The SENCO ensures that the SEND Policy is monitored, reviewed and updated annually.
The SENCO manages and works alongside learning support teachers and classroom assistants.
The SENCO regularly reports back to the Principal .
Teaching Staff Teachers are responsible for accommodating, modifying and/or differentiating the curriculum for students who have a formal diagnosed SEND.
Teachers are responsible for differentiating the curriculum for students who are not reaching expected levels academically or in behavior.
Teachers are responsible for bringing students who are not reaching expected levels academically or in behavior to the attention of the SENCO.
Teachers are responsible for ensuring that student progress reports clearly identify modifications and services a student is supported by, if they have moderate SEND, or are gifted and/or talented.
Parents are to meet with the SENCO prior to or within the first month of a new school year to discuss how to meet the individual needs of their child.
Parents must inform the school, prior to entry, that their child has a specific, diagnosed special educational need.
Parents must inform the school if their child develops any special educational needs at any time during their school career.
Parents must provide the school with all information and documentation relating to their child’s diagnosed SEND.
Parents must work in partnership with the school to provide support for their child
Parents must attend meetings with the class teacher and/or the SENCO to discuss the educational and personal progress of their child.
Parents must attend meetings to participate in the formulation and review of their child’s IEP.
Where appropriate, parents will be asked to provide extra support for their child.
PPS SEND ACTION TEAM:
The (SAT) meets and decides if a student should be identified as an exceptional pupil, and, if so, the placement that will best meet the student’s needs.
Once identified as an exceptional pupil, an SAT review meeting takes place twice a year. Additional SATs can be scheduled upon the request of the school or the parent/guardian after the placement has been in effect for a period of three/six months.
An SAT is composed of the SENCo, Principal, Supervisor, Counsellors, Parent,Support teachers,Teachers.
The SAT will:
Decide whether or not your child should be identified as exceptional;
Identify the areas of your child’s exceptionalities, according to the categories and definitions of exceptionalities provided by the DSIB;
Decide an appropriate placement for your child.
PPS: Staff Training and Support
The Principal will ensure that staff are kept well-informed of best practice and relevant developments with regard to teaching students with SEND. Appropriate training will be provided in-house for all class teachers through training sessions led by the SENCO or by invited outside experts. Opportunities for class teachers to share good practices and teaching strategies with each other will also be provided.
PPS recognizes the important contribution that external support services make in identifying, assessing and providing support for students with SEN. Although the school does not endorse any particular agencies, it will maintain a list of those agencies that provide quality support for students.
Monitoring and Review
This policy will be monitored and reviewed annually by the Principal on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
Lead Person: SENCO