Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

At The Marist, every child counts and every child is unique. We work hard to ensure that every child, whatever their unique and special needs, can take a full and active part in every aspect of the life of the school and its curriculum.

We believe that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, impairment, attainment and background. We pay particular attention to the provision for and the achievement of different groups of learners:

  • learners of all ages
  • learners who need support to learn English as an additional language(EAL)
  • learners with special educational needs
  • learners who are disabled
  • those who are gifted and talented
  • those who are looked after by the local authority
  • others such as those who are sick; those who are young carers; those who are in families under stress
  • any learners who are at risk of disaffection and exclusion

Our aim is to remove any barriers to learning, which are prohibiting any child from achieving their potential. Pupil performance and well-being go hand in hand. Children can’t learn if they don’t feel safe or if health problems are allowed to create barriers. We want every child to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Access to the Environment

  • The Marist School is a single site school.
  • The school area is built on two levels with lift access to the first floor.
  • We have made sure that there are good lighting and safety arrangements (for example, markings on steps) for all visually impaired pupils. Our classrooms provide good acoustic conditions and we have the sounds field system in Key Stage two classrooms which support the learning of children with a hearing impairment.
  • We have ramps into the school building, a lift and disabled toilet, so that our school is completely accessible for wheelchair users.

(see our Accessibility Planand Single Equality Scheme for more information)

For children with particular special educational needs we provide a comprehensive programme of support to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential alongside everyone else in the classroom. We work together in partnership with parents with termly meetings to review targets and set new ones appropriate to the individual child.

Any concerns should be raised with the class teacher or Mrs Rusbridge, the School's Inclusion Leader and SENCo, either through the School Office or direct by email arusbridge@marist.surrey.sch.uk

What do we do?

At The Marist 3 waves of intervention are in place to help all our children and specifically those with special educational needs. Further detail of the different levels or waves of support can be found here.

From September the government has made changes to the Code of Practice for children with special educational needs (SEN).  

Statements of special educational needs will now be replaced with education health care plans (EHCP). The EHCP will place much more emphasis on personal goals and will describe the support your child will receive while they are in education or training. Personal budgets will be introduced to accompany this plan to give parents more control over the support you and your child receive. The amount given, and how it can be spent, is something that you would agree with Surrey County Council as part of the process of obtaining an EHCP.

If your child already has a statement they will be transferred to the new system within the next three and a half years. The transfer is likely to happen around the transition points in your child’s education such as when they move key stages or from primary to secondary school.  Surrey County Council will let you know when you are due to switch and there’ll be Independent Supporters on hand to make the transfer as simple as possible. The legislation relating to statements will be withdrawn when everyone has completed the transition to the new system. In the meantime, if your child has a statement, the funding remains unaltered so please do not worry!

The designations of ‘School Action’ and ‘School Action Plus’ are now being replaced by a single criterion of ‘Special Educational Needs Support’ or SEN Support. If your child is currently on SA or SA+, again, the level of support we provide will not be affected by this new designation. However, the focus will be less about counting the hours and resources given to your child at school and more about what your child has achieved as a result.

Instead of an IEP all children with SEN will have an ISP (individual support plan) which will set targets in the same way as an IEP but will be more outcome focused and each child will have both long term and short term targets. Children will move to ISPs later this term and you will still be invited to set and review individual targets with our SENCo and your child’s class teacher.

Under the changes, all children who were already on the school’s SEN register will continue to receive the same level of support as they did under the old SEN Code of Practice, whether this was 1:1 support or small group interventions. 

The Marist response to the Local Offer and SEN Information Reportprovides the answers to 14 very important questions about children with SENs at The Marist. Having read the document, if you have any queries regarding the changes to SEN or how we might work with your child at The Marist, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Rusbridge, our Inclusion Leader and SENCo, either through the School Office or direct by email arusbridge@marist.surrey.sch.uk


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