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Our Curriculum

At Blessed John Duckett RC Primary School,  we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers.


The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development. 


It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children.


Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.


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How we identify and assess children with special educational needs


Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.


At our school, we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”. 

This means that we will:


assess a child’s special educational needs

plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes

do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes

review the support and progress


As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes.  Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process. The outcomes are reviewed regularly by the class teacher with additional members of staff and other professionals involved. This is then discussed in a termly meeting with parents in which their views are included. 


A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.  Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.

At Blessed John Duckett, we aim to make sure that all children’s educational needs are identified, assessed and provided for as early as possible.


We aim to work in partnership with parents involving them at every stage.


We aim to provide and maintain educational provision which supports the needs of all children in the school.


In our school, all pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities.


Our philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.


At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. We use a range of different measures to help us successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum. These include: a range of teaching and learning styles, differentiated learning materials, access to ICT and Technology, speech and language screening, additional support in and out of the classroom, flexible groupings – including small group support work, one to one support and booster/extension sessions, specialist group support from outside agencies e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, specific individual support for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong, mentoring and counselling sessions, an innovative and supportive curriculum tailored to need and accurately assessed, a range of enrichment and enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning,  a varied range of extra-curricular activities, the appropriate use of sanctions and rewards.


Applications can be made during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.


Additional Information regarding the curriculum can be found in class pages


Types of SEND at the School


At Blessed John Duckett RC School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of needs including:


  • Speech and Language Difficulties
  • Autism
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Developmental Co-ordination Disorder
  • Social and Emotional Difficulties



If you have any questions about our SEND Local Offer please contact the school and we will try our best to help you.