Many children will have additional needs at some point during their time with us. These may be in the area of health, emotions, behaviour or learning and we aim to identify and address these needs through the school’s inclusive practice.
We hold the Dyslexia Friendly School Quality Mark which reflects the commitment we have to supporting all the children who attend our school.
Matthew Arnold Primary School is an inclusive school. HMI, in 2008, judged ‘the quality of inclusion to be outstanding’.
We have a teacher with extra responsibility for following the LA Code of Practice and working with staff and parents/carers to ensure that we take into account the needs of all our pupils. This may be provided through carefully differentiated work, a teaching assistant giving extra support through small groups, time with our Learning Mentor or using specialist services from outside the school. By carefully addressing individual needs we aim to ensure that all children at our school will be given every opportunity to achieve their true potential.
Our school is a modern, purpose built building designed with full access in mind so that no-one should be excluded because of their individual needs.
Speech and Language (Places are allocated through the Local Authority)
Currently, the Local Authority have funded twenty places which are designated for children with speech and language difficulties and they are all fully integrated into the life of the school. The children receive a programme of intensive speech therapy and they follow the National Curriculum, while in the Language Unit, with the intention they return to their local school once their difficulties have been resolved. For some this may be a short stay while for others it may require a longer period through their primary school life. The children are drawn from around the South Sector of the city and transported to the school by taxi or mini-bus.
Changes to the model are due to be introduced in September 2017, which will turn the model into a part-time one.
Abbots Lea at Matthew Arnold (Places are allocated through the Local Authority)
This is a specialised 25 place assessment service for pupils aged 3 - 7 years with complex needs together with a KS1 ASD class all under the management of Abbots Lea Special School. This has no direct links to Matthew Arnold Primary school, other than sharing the site. Any enquiries for places should start with Abbots Lea main school
Address: Beaconsfield Rd, Liverpool L25 6EE
All our children, irrespective of their individual needs, are encouraged to take part in and contribute to the life of Matthew Arnold Primary School.
Contact details: Miss J West (SENCo) 0151 539 0300.
By September 2014, the Children and Families Bill will require Liverpool to publish and keep under review information about services they expect to be available for children and young people with special educational needs aged 0 - 25. This is the Local Offer.