The High School Ballynahinch was highlighted as a school with very good practice for providing help for pupils with SEN (special educational needs) in a report published by the Northern Ireland Audit Office in June.
In 2016-17, just over 76,300 children in Northern Ireland were reported as having special educational needs (SEN). This represents 22% of the school population, the majority of whom are educated in mainstream schools.
Principal of The High School Ballynahinch, Kathi Moore said
“Our main aim is to improve self-esteem as well as the literacy and numeracy skills of each child.
“Many children have specific learning difficulties and require some extra help in overcoming and by-passing their difficulties.
“Pupils at our school who receive learning support each have an individual education plan that targets areas in need of extra emphasis. These targets are aimed for by all of our dedicated staff.
“Children with special needs benefit by grouping in small classes where they can feel secure, and be given close attention and frequent friendly encouragement.”