Special educational needs FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the provision for pupils with Special Education and /or disability (SEN/D) in the mainstream school. If you have any further questions please contact the school Special Educational Needs co-ordinator (SENCo), Veronica Hilliard.

Who are the best people to talk to at Golborne & Maxilla about my child’s difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disability?

Talk to your child’s key person about your concerns. It is likely that the key person will have discussed your concerns with the school SENCO. You may wish to arrange a meeting with the SENCo, which can be arranged via the school office. Our SENCo is Veronica Hilliard.

How will the school let me know if they have any concerns about my child’s learning, special educational needs or disability?

Your child’s key person may initially speak to you at the beginning or the end of a normal school day and arrange a further time to discuss the concerns. Your child’s key person may also talk to you about any issues at a parent/teacher consultation meeting. The SENCo may contact you and arrange a meeting to discuss your child’s difficulties with learning and any possible support strategies the school might be considering

How will the school consider my views and those of my child with regard to her/his difficulties with learning, special educational needs or disabilities?

At Golborne & Maxilla Children Centre we believe it is very important for parents/carers to be involved in all areas of their child’s learning and we actively encourage discussions. We believe, where appropriate, that it is essential to understand your child’s views on any difficulties they may experience with their learning. You will be able to share your views and discuss your child’s progress at regular meetings with your child’s key person and others. If your child has an identified special educational need you will be invited to a termly meeting with your child’s key person and SENCo to discuss current progress, support strategies being used and expected outcomes. If your child has a Statement of special educational need or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) you and your child will also be able to share your views at the Annual Review.

How does Golborne & Maxilla ensure the teaching staff are appropriately trained to support my child’s special educational needs and/or disability?

At Golborne & Maxilla, we believe that your child’s learning needs will first be met through the high quality teaching delivered by teaching staff. We regularly review the school training schedule and professional development for all teaching and support staff to ensure there is the appropriate expertise to support children with special educational needs. The school is able to access training programmes from different organisations including the Triborough Training and Outreach team based at QE2 School. Individual training can also be arranged when necessary.

How will the curriculum and the school environment be matched to my child’s needs?

At Golborne & Maxilla, we believe that your child’s learning needs will first be met through the high quality teaching delivered by our teaching staff. We carefully plan our curriculum to match the age, ability and needs of all children. The teaching staff will adapt lesson planning and teaching to match your child’s special educational needs and/or disability. It may be appropriate to adopt different strategies or resources and adapt outcomes to meet your child’s learning needs. Additional specialist advice is sought when appropriate and, when necessary, accessibility aids and technology may be used to support your child’s learning. We regularly review our Accessibility Plan to ensure that all children have the fullest access to the curriculum and the school site as possible.

What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?

This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. But our education provisions will match the needs of the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEN Code of Practice 2014;

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, emotional and mental health
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

How will you support my child to reach his/her learning outcomes?

The teaching staff and other staff working with your child ensure that your child receives appropriate teaching and support in order to reach these goals. The learning plan, strategies and progress will be reviewed termly.  External agencies and specialists may also review your child’s progress and adapt their planning accordingly

Term dates


Autumn Term 2017

  • term starts Wednesday 6th September
  • half term break occurs – Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October 2017
  • back to school from half term Tuesday 31st October 2017
  • last day of term Wednesday 20th December 2017




Spring Term 2018

  • term starts – Thursday 4th January 2018
  • half term break occurs – Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February 2018
  • back to school from half term – Monday 19th February
  • last day of term – Thursday 29th March 2018



Summer Term 2018

  • term starts – Tuesday 17th April 2018
  • half term break occurs – Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018
  • back to school from half term – Monday 4th June 2018
  • last day of term Thursday 19th July 2018



Autumn Term 2018

  • term starts – Wednesday 5th September 2018
  • half term break occurs – Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October 2018
  • back to school from half term – Monday 29th October
  • last day of term – Wednesday 19th December