Frequently Asked Questions (from the parents' point of view):

1. How does Westlea know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs?


Children may be identified as having SEND through a variety of ways
including the following:

  • liaison with preschool/previous school

  • child performing below age expected levels

  • concerns raised by parent

  • through termly pupil progress meetings held between
    the class teachers/phase leaders/SENCo/SRPCo/Headteacher

  • concerns raised by teacher e.g. where behaviour or self-esteem
    is affecting performance

  • liaison with outside agencies

  • health diagnosis through paediatrician/doctor


At Westlea we regularly monitor all children's progress and attainment against National and age related expectations. The class teachers continually assess each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed. As a school we track the children's progress from entry through to Year 6, using a variety of different methods including age related programmes of study and the Foundation Stage Profiles. We will inform you if we have any concerns about your child. 

If you are concerned about any aspect of your child's education you will need to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance. If you require more information contact our SENCO and SRPCo, Louise Edmonds; or our Headteacher, Sarah Sumner.


2. How will Westlea staff support my child?


All of our staff are well trained and have access to any further, more specialist training as required. The class teacher will oversee, plan and work with each child with SEND in their class to ensure that progress in every area is made. The class teacher and/or a teaching assistant (TA) may work with your child either individually or as part of a group to further support their learning. Our SENCo, SRPCo and all staff have access to further expertise through the team of professionals supporting the school. Within the Academy, and the wider community, there is further expertise for us to draw on. 


3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s/young person’s needs?


All the work within the classroom is pitched at an appropriate level so that all children are able to access according to their specific needs. Typically this might mean that in a lesson there would be different levels of work set, with further individual differentiation where needed. The aim is to make sure that all children can access lessons and learn at their level.