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Identifying Special Educational Needs at Bengeworth

Band A - High Quality Teaching

The effective inclusion of all children in daily and high quality lessons. Support may be provided by the class teacher, Learning Support Professional or Classroom Support Professional. This will also include focused teaching for speaking and listening; social, emotional and behavioural skills as well as taking into account the physical and sensory needs of pupils. Differentiation and adaption will be made to activities to enable pupils to successfully and independently access learning tasks.


If a pupil does not progress at this level in their particular area of difficulty they will need to access a more targeted level of support (Band B).


Band B – Targeted Support

This level of support will involve small group interventions (maths, phonics, social skills), Language groups, Early Help, personalised behaviour strategies e.g. behaviour charts, Pastoral Support Plan meeting with parents. Pupils receiving this level of support should have a group or individual support plan within the school which sets SMART targets. Pupil’s attainment and progression from receiving intervention should regularly be reviewed and assessed within school.

If, after a period of targeted support, progress is not accelerated then the pupil may be referred for further assessment to decide if a child needs to receive a higher level of support (Band C).


Band C – Substantial/ Individualised Support

Pupils at this point are likely to begin a personalised learning programme where they access more focused support from LSA, OT, SALT, HI, and VI. Examples of this level of support may include; personalised behaviour traffic lights, BST, EP assessment and advice, or SEN Support Plans, multi-agency meetings with parents.


Band D - Highly Personalised Support/ Very substantial support

Despite a high level of individualised support some pupils still may present with long term and complex needs that require ongoing specialised services that are well coordinated. These pupils will have been on a SEN Plan and detailed assessment, plans and reviews will have taken place. At the third review of their SEN plan all the professionals and family may agree that a statutory assessment of the pupil’s needs should be requested.


The statutory assessment process takes 20 weeks from when the paperwork is first accepted by SEN Team at the Local Authority. If at the end of these 20 weeks the panel agrees that the pupil has long term and complex SEND needs then they will issue a pupil with a legal document called Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). These documents used to be Statements but are now all converted over to EHCPs.


All people working with pupils with an EHCP have a legal obligation to provide that pupil with the support listed. The EHCP is reviewed once a year; this is called an ‘Annual Review’.

To see the statutory assessment process please view the document attached below:


Independent advice can be sort from SENDIASS. If you wish to find out more about this service then please follow the link provided below or give them a call on:  01905 768 153