Danesfield Manor School


Catering for the needs of gifted and talented children and those with varying degrees of learning difficulties is one of our core capabilities.

Pro-active Monitoring & Management

We have systems in place to monitor pupil progress enabling us to quickly address the needs of a child who may be experiencing difficulties. Initial identification may come from teacher observations or parents or as an outcome of progress monitoring using our tracking software, Educater. Specialist requirements of individual children are also discussed in weekly meetings.

These children are provided with appropriate resources, dedicated support and suitable advice to support both parents and pupils with special educational needs. Where it is recommended that the child needs further support, one to one lessons with a specialist teacher are available.

How might your child be supported?

  • The SENCo may observe your child over several sessions.
  • A meeting between the SENCo, class teacher, parents and specialist teacher (if appropriate) will be held to inform every one of the next steps.  Possible outcomes might be further observations, an Individual Support Plan (ISP), a recommendation to work with the specialist teacher and/or referral to an appropriate agency.

Specialist Teacher

Our specialist teacher is a qualified Reading Recovery teacher (a recognised international programme for reading and writing development –, so has specialist training in working with the lowest achieving readers and writers in Lower Phase (elements of which can be used to support Upper Phase children).  She also has experience in delivering speech and language programmes as directed by the SENCo and other professionals from outside agencies.  One to one maths support is also available.  The specialist teacher incurs a cost of £20 per half hour session.

Gifted and Talented

For those children needing an extra challenge, a programme of master-classes runs across KS2. These offer children opportunities to study different subjects at a higher level.