Enhanced Learning Department


The Education Act 1996 states that a child has special educational needs (SEN) if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made or them.

A learning difficulty means that the child either:

  1. a) has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the
    same age.
    b) has a disability, which either prevents or hinders the child from making use of the
    educational facilities which are provided for children of the same age in a mainstream school.

Special educational provision means educational provision, which is additional to, or
different from, the provision made generally for children of the same age in a
mainstream school.


Everyone at St Claudine's Catholic School for Girls is committed to providing the conditions and opportunities to enable any pupil with SEN to be included fully in all aspects of school life. Our vision is for all members of the school community to be respected and seen to have potential for improvement. Through effective teaching and learning, support and encouragement and working closely with parents and carers we can enable the fulfilment of each child’s potential.



In order to meet the special educational needs of pupils we:


  • Identify those children who have SEN as soon as possible.
  • Provide intervention at a suitable level when a child is identified as having SEN.
  • Use a variety of teaching styles, and cater for different learning styles, to allow
    children with SEN to access the National Curriculum.
  • Use resources effectively to support children with SEN.
  • Assess and keep records of the progress of children with SEN.
  • Work with outside agencies who provide specialist support and teaching for
    children with SEN.
  • Inform and involve the parents of children with SEN so that we can work
    together to support our children.
  • Encourage active involvement by the children themselves in meeting their
  • Provide on-going training for all staff working with children with SEN.
  • Pay heed to statutory Guidance for the SEN Code of Practice.

Pupils with Educational Health Care Plans are allocated support hours delivered by the learning support assistants, learning support coordinator and learning support teacher. Support is delivered in class, with some occasional withdrawal to work in a small group when needed.

Pupil progress is constantly monitored and specific needs identified.

Intervention is planned according to individual pupil needs. This can be in the form of in-class support, small groups or individual support.


The following Literacy and Numeracy programmes are used to support pupils:

  • The Rainbow Reading Programme
  • Fresh Start
  • SRA Reading Laboratory
  • Lexia
  • Shine: Achieving a level….
  • Numicon

Other Support Programmes include:

  • Transitional summer school for Year 6 pupils due to attend the school in September.
  • Lego club
  • In-Class support with a designated Learning Support Assistant
  • Work with Brent Outreach Autism Team
  • Speech and Language support
  • AQA Unit Award Certificates in Numeracy and Literacy skills

We offer homework club to all students. Students have access to computers, the internet, printing facilities and assistance from staff with homework from all curriculum areas.

Useful websites and resources for Parents and Carers

Brent’s Local Offer is a single point of information and advice for children and young people from 0 to 25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. Website: https://www.brent.gov.uk/localoffer

Brent’s Children’s and Families Information Service provides information on a range of services and activities for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years old (or up to 25 years for young people with special needs). Website: https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/children-and-family-support/

Talking Point is a website that provides parents and carers with information to help their children develop skills in speech, language and communication. Website:  http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation UK provides information and support families who have children with specific learning difficulties who display challenging behaviour(s) website: http://www.challengingbehaviour.org.uk/