Children with special educational needs (SEN) have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. These children may need extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age.
SSE mission statement states: “Students will be taught in a caring and personalized learning atmosphere that is enhanced through a friendly and constructive partnership with parents.”
We at SSE believe that inclusion is beneficial to all students. Regular students gain a better understanding and acceptance of disabilities and diversity and have better developed social skills, better academic performance, and empathy. In an inclusive setup a special child can be integrated into mainstream education and has a chance at interacting and learning with their peer group. A special child will be able to learn social skills and create friendships.
We trust that students who learn in an inclusive setup will be able to create a society that accepts differences and does not segregate. For all our special needs students we aim that all learning happens in the regular classroom with their classmates although additional support can be provided in the resource room. We aim at providing education at an age appropriate level as far as possible (in a few cases that is not possible). The children are encouraged to follow the normal class curriculum with modifications that aid their learning process. The special child learns all his lessons with other students from the same teachers and enjoys a truly inclusive setup.
At SSE, the special needs department along with the teachers ensures children with special educational needs get the appropriate help and support they need sometimes with the help of outside specialists.
OBJECTIVES OF SEN DEPARTMENT:
To ensure all students benefit from an Inclusive setup.
To create individualized education that addresses students’ unique learning styles and helps them recognize and optimize their full potential.
To foster the development of staff enabling them to be more effective when dealing with special needs students.
To provide additional support and counselling to students, staff and parents.
Children with special educational needs may need extra help because of a range of needs such as difficulties in paying attention, thinking, understanding, and remembering; physical or sensory difficulties; emotional and behavioral difficulties; difficulties with speech and language or with how they relate to and behave with other people.
Categories of Special Needs Children
1. The Disabled: Students with physical, sensory or mental impairments fall under this category. Due to these impairments they are unable to succeed in school which is why they require special educational needs. This category includes those who suffer from mental retardation, hearing loss, blindness and low vision, physical disabilities, communication disorders, autism, learning disabilities and emotional or behavior disorders. SSE at the very onset denies admission to children falling in this category as the school is not equipped with expertise and resources to deal with the same.
2. The Slow Learners: Children with intelligence level in the below average or borderline IQ range can be grouped together as slow learners. These children are easy to miss and are commonly seen as underachievers. They function below grade level and have high rates of dropping and are commonly seen as students “at risk”. They require special education needs because it aids them in performing according to their ability as a low IQ is lifelong.
3. The Gifted: Children who have very high IQ find themselves insufficiently challenged by the regular school program which is why they have special educational needs.
We have a clinical psychologist appointed as a counselor, who is trained and equipped to carry out psychological evaluations, therapies for learning difficulties, behavioral problems and mental health issues.
The teachers of the school undergo in-school as well as external workshops and seminars which help them to be familiar with various conditions which warrant special needs, strategies that can be used in the classroom, and better ways in handling
The counsellor works with students and guides teachers to work with students with learning support needs along with the key stage coordinators, CIE and DP coordinators.
The school hires expert services at times to better deal with cases that pose a different and a more complex challenge to the teachers.
Parents can directly refer the children to the Special Needs Department. A parent can refer their child for specific behavioral and academic problems as well as for testing. The parents can meet the counselor or the Special Needs Providers by prior appointment only. Most preferably the parents can refer their children during the Parent Teacher meetings or through personal communication.
Admissions policy requires parents to declare if there are any special learning needs that the parents are aware of, or if the student is already receiving treatment. The school admits students who have below moderate level of learning difficulties. The school doesn’t admit students with physical (locomotor, visual, auditory, etc.) disabilities or students with moderate to severe level of intellectual impairment, because the school is not equipped with resources to deal with the same.
Assessment policy: Students with SEN may receive certain considerations, benefits and exemptions which will be approved by the SEN coordinator and the Principal. This support is based on the students’ need and is subject to the approval of the external Examination Board (CBSE/CIE/IB). The student’s need for examination support is considered on individual basis.
The SEN Policy shall be reviewed on an annual basis with all other policies. It shall be revised in the month of April. The SEN coordinator and the PLT shall be involved in reviewing this policy.