SEN Information Report
Thomasson Memorial is a school for deaf children. All of our children have a hearing loss. Our pupils are taught using Sign Supported English. Every child has an Individual Targets tailored to their SEN needs and based on the mainstream curriculum. We follow the International Primary Curriculum in a ‘topic’ format as it gives our children the practical experiences that enable their learning. Every child has a Education Health Care Plan. These are reviewed annually during a meeting held at school. All of the children contribute to this meeting by writing an ‘All about Me’ and attending the meeting where appropriate. The pupils have their Basic Skills assessed each term and their progress reviewed following this assessment. Additional reviews are held for Looked After Children who have a Personal Education Plan.
The staff at Thomasson believe the social development of our pupils is as important as their academic progress. Therefore we aim to provide a supportive environment that nurtures the child whilst assisting them to achieve their true educational potential. Thomasson staff are available to support children from 0- 25. Our peripatetic team provide a consistent approach throughout a child’s pre-school, primary, secondary and FE/HE placement. They also help to ensure a smooth transition between the different phases of education.
The provision of high quality systems of amplification overseen by our Audiologist enables post-graduate qualified Teachers of the Deaf to ensure access to an oral input. Whilst the use of Sign Supported English by all teachers and experienced, well qualified teaching assistants ensures access to manual. Our staff are always available to discuss any issues regarding the support of our SEN pupils but if parents have any concerns they are encouraged to address them to the Headteacher.
Bolton Local Authority has produced a Local Offer detailing their support for SEN pupils. This is available on the Local Authority website here