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St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School ‘Serve the Lord with Joy’

6. What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?

This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning. But our education provisions will match the needs of the four broad areas of need as defined in the SEN Code of Practice 2014.

  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory and/or Physical Needs


At St Dominic Savio we have a three-tiered approach to supporting a child’s learning.

Universal – this is the quality first teaching your child will receive from their class teacher and may include some very minor adaptations to match learning needs.

Targeted - it may be appropriate to consider making additional short term special educational provision to remove or reduce any barriers to your child’s learning. This takes the form of a graduated four-part approach of:

a) assessing your child’s needs and to have clarity on exactly where they currently are in their learning

b) planning the most effective and appropriate intervention

c) systematically providing this intervention and

d) reviewing the impact on your child’s progress towards individual learning outcomes.

Specific targeted one-to-one or small group interventions may be run outside the classroom. You will be kept informed of your child’s progress towards specific learning outcomes.

Specialist – it may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from a specialist professional outside St Dominic Savio in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child. This may include an educational psychologist, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, sensory advisory teachers and the child development service. The school may need to prioritise referrals to these services. For a very small number of pupils access to these specialists may be through an EHC Plan.

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