Individual Needs

We believe that all children are entitled to a broad, balanced and suitably differentiated curriculum, irrespective of their individual learning needs.

The support of parents is vital to the effectiveness of the provision at all three stages of intervention for children with individual learning needs and we at Kennedy School encourage the greatest possible degree of partnership with parents.

Being fair is not about treating every child the same - it is about giving every child whatever he or she needs.


In Kennedy School our Individual Need Department offers support to children with a variety of special needs.


Children are either given support in-class or withdrawn to work in a group or individually. Children who receive withdrawal support have an Individual Education Plan which details targets and areas for improvement.Children are given support in the following areas:


Children may be withdrawn from class for English support sessions to develop skills in reading, spelling, writing, listening and speaking. The programme is linked to the work covered in classrooms wherever possible or they may alternatively be supported in-class. They are also sometimes given time individually to work on specific targets linked to their Individual Education Plans.


Children in Y3-6 are generally supported in the lower Maths set, working alongside their Maths teacher. Some children with more specific needs in this area sometimes receive individual support with a teacher or EA in addition to this.

Social Skills

Some children are given specific group support with their peers, in a programme called “Circle of Friends”.


At present we have four staff working in the Individual Needs Department:

  • Linda Quinton - Special Educational Needs Coordinator
  • Anne Farn - Educational Assistant
  • Christina Fung - Educational Assistant
  • Sandra Gibson - Educational Assistant


Children can be referred to the Individual Needs department by their class teacher. Once referred, children are assessed to identify areas of need and the most appropriate means of support.

External Agencies

Children may be referred to external agencies who can give a more detailed assessment of their learning difficulties. This includes an Educational Psychologist, who works as part of E.S.F. as well as other private agencies such as Speech and Language Therapists, or Occupational Therapists, who carries out in-school assessments.

Parental Help

Parents play such an important role in the education of children with special needs and progress is best made when school and home work together to achieve specific goals. We ask parents to help at home in the following ways:

  • Practising sight reading vocabulary
  • Hearing reading
  • Following a structured phonic programmes such as ‘Datapac’ and ‘Toe by Toe’
  • Practising spelling
  • Practising handwriting
  • Practising number bonds and tables
  • Communicating regularly

Support Groups / Assessment and Therapy Centres and Agencies offering Tuition


Useful Websites