Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Ballyclare High School offers a fully inclusive education which welcomes the wide diversity which already exists in our school and which ensures that every learner is given the equal chance and necessary support to achieve their potential.

Information from primary schools and parents is invaluable to the SEN Department as they start planning for provision prior to pupils’ commencement date. In order for pupils with SEN to achieve their potential, effective communication between pupil, parents, school and other organizations involved is essential.

The SEN team is managed by the Pastoral Vice Principal, Mrs McKay who reports to the Principal and Senior Management Team. The SENCo, Mrs Smith is responsible for the daily running of SEN and meets regularly with Mrs McKay to discuss SEN issues. Some pupils will have a statement of educational needs and with this the support of a classroom/general assistant. The assistants are a vital part of the SEN team.

What are Special Educational Needs?

A child has special educational needs (SEN) if he or she has learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for him or her to learn than most other children of a similar age.

Many children will have special educational needs of some kind during their education. Schools and other organisations can help children overcome the barriers their difficulties present quickly and easily. A few children will need extra help for some or all of their time in school.

Special educational needs could mean that a child has: