Additional Support Needs

All children and young people need support to help them learn.

A student does not need a diagnosis to receive additional support for learning, but the school’s Special Educational Needs Coordinator and colleagues may be able to give advice regarding specialist teachers or health professionals.  

Additional support for learning can take many forms. It can include things like: -

  • changes to the curriculum or way the student is taught
  • support from a learning assistant
  • use of technology or changes to learning materials
  • input from specialist teachers or health professionals
  • Creating a circle of friends to support a child who is isolated during break or lunch times

Please talk to the RBIS Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) or Head of Section if you think your child needs:

  • a special learning programme
  • extra help from a teacher or assistant
  • to work in a smaller group
  • observation in class or at break
  • help taking part in class activities
  • extra encouragement in their learning, for example to ask questions or to try something they find difficult
  • help communicating with other children
  • support with physical or personal care difficulties

RBIS will identify which children and young people have additional support needs.

We aim to provide these students with ‘adequate and efficient’ additional support to help them fully benefit from their education.

Student’s may benefit from either an IEP or a BSP.

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is a written statement that describes the adjustments, goals and strategies to meet a student's individual educational needs so they can reach their full potential.

A Behavioural Support Plan (BSP) is a school-based document for students who require additional assistance because they display difficult, challenging or disruptive behaviours, as well as students who can benefit from additional wellbeing support.

This additional support is kept under review to make sure that it is meeting a student’s needs.

RBIS works closely with parents and careers with regard to decisions and discussions about additional support. All children and young people have the opportunity to share their views with the school about decisions that significantly affect them.