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Special Education Needs

SEN Department at O Castro 

At O Castro British International School, we provide an inclusive education based upon our fundamental view that diversity should be celebrated, and that every child has a right for their individual educational needs to be met. We understand that many children experience difficulties at different times throughout their lives and we make every effort to ensure that we provide the right sort of help at the right time. Our SEN Department and Student Guidance Services are available to all of our students and their families whenever they are needed.


The role of the SEN (Special Educational Needs) Department is a diverse one at O Castro and runs throughout the school, from Nursery Class right up to Year 13.

At the earliest stages, our work often involves giving guidelines in order to best support children in the classroom. As they move up through the school, we seek to liaise with teachers in order to support learning through specific interventions. We also on occasions offer support with regard to the affective and emotional side of learning.

We believe that every child is an individual and through our work we seek to meet the individual needs that some children may present at specific points in their academic careers. Sometimes this is best achieved through withdrawal from the classroom setting, whilst in other cases, in-class support may be more appropriate.

As well as working with students and teachers, we also work with professionals from outside the school to ensure that provision is coordinated, whilst we support our examinations officer in ensuring that pupils have the correct access arrangements for school and public examinations.

For all the members of the SEN team, it is a privilege to be able to have a positive impact on the teaching and learning at O Castro!


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