Special Educational Needs

Rita the Learning Assistance Dog

At Veryan School we are lucky enough to have the assistance of Rita. Rita currently comes to school at various points throughout the term.

The main benefits of having a learning assistant dog in school:

•Children learn skills that result in better connection and relationships
•Physical benefits including lower blood pressure, reduced anxiety, increased self esteem, a tendency to forget about insecurities and limitations, increased immune system 
•Socio-emotional support that facilitates coping, recovery, and resilience and offer comfort, affection, and a sense of security.
The presence of a companion dog, in Carne class especially, helped the children to build trust in their new teacher IN September and for those joining mid-year, in a relatively short period of time. Which meant children were more relaxed and motivated to engage in their learning far earlier into the term .  

Additional child/ need specific benefits;

•Increased effectiveness of Thrive/TIS activities with the presence of the dog
•Physical therapy assisted by the dog for children with sensory processing needs
We are careful to ensure that all children have the same entitlement to the full range of the school curriculum; we are inclusive in our practice and appropriate accessibility is assured through differentiation and by adopting a range of teaching and learning strategies which cater for individual learning styles.

All parents should feel confident that their child's progress is being carefully monitored. If staff feel additional support would be helpful for a pupil - either because they are exceptionally able or because they are experiencing difficulties in a particular area - we will consult you at an early stage.

We strongly believe in early intervention to address the needs of individual children and our SENCO is available via appointment each week.

To read Local offer and report for Special Educational Needs click the link below.