As stated by the Act, a child of full-time compulsory school age (5 to 16) or a young person aged 16 to 25 has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- ‘has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or
- has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions.’
Section 21 of the Act defines special educational provision for a child aged 2 or more, or a young person, as ‘educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, that made generally for others of the same age’ in mainstream educational institutions. In the case of children under 2, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind.
At Holy Trinity, we adhere rigorously to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years which outlines the following four ‘broad areas of need’:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
- Sensory and/or Physical Needs
Reggie, our Miniature Maltese, has proved invaluable to the children of Holy Trinity educationally, developmentally, emotionally, and socially.
The dog mentor helps to teach and engage children with educational needs to work on areas such as self-esteem, behaviour, peer relationships, and better engagement skills. It builds upon the benefits of the human/animal bond. Reggie has proven to be very popular with pupils and staff alike at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School.