SENCO Mr Taylor-Bennett –

Children and young people with Cognition and Learning difficulties, Social, Emotional & Mental Health difficulties, Communication & Interaction Difficulties or a Sensory or Physical Need can struggle in a school environment where the support they receive may not be sufficient to meet their specific need. This can result in low self-esteem, low self-confidence and/or inappropriate behaviours.

Each child, whatever their need, may require a different style of teaching and support. The Pinetree School provides personalised timetables that are tailored to the specific needs of our young people.  Each pupil is encouraged to recognise their needs, strengths and abilities in different areas of the curriculum.

Our approach to teaching learners with SEND

  • Provide differentiated lessons to improve the educational opportunities of all pupils, regardless of ability
  • Improve the literacy and numeracy skills of pupils via differentiated lesson plans and literacy and numeracy intervention
  • Increase the confidence of students with SEND, encouraging them to be involved in their own provision
  • Involve parents at every opportunity to ensure they are aware of all aspects of the special needs provision made for their child

Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEND) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

If a child currently has a statement of SEND or an Education Health and Care Plan this will continue and be reviewed annually. A child may receive an Education, Health and Care plan following assessments by professionals.


Good quality assessment

At the Pinetree School pupils spend their first two weeks in assessment. This time is used to assess the needs of each individual child to ensure that each pupil has an Individualised Learning Plan.

A review of the pupils previous assessment will be evaluated as part of the Induction process.

Intervention Programme

Once a pupil’s needs have been assessed their Individualised Learning Programme informs the pupil, parents and staff how best to meet their needs.

Depending on the need(s) identified an intervention programme will be put in place.