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Individual Needs

Dover College adopts a ‘whole school approach’ to special educational needs. 
The school is committed to: 

  • Providing all pupils with the opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and in terms of personal development and to maximise their talents and strengths;
  • Ensuring that pupils with special educational needs can fulfil their potential and achieve optimal educational outcomes. 

We believe all children should be responsibly included in the social and curricular life of the school in order to gain the highest levels of achievement and enjoyment.  We see our school as a community where we involve pupils themselves, parents and others in developing a partnership of support.

We recognise that all pupils have abilities, talents and qualities which need to be identified, nurtured and developed both at home and at school, and that some are exceptional in specific areas. We believe that by identification of the very able, we can assess needs and provide appropriate opportunities for extension and enrichment both within the school and through participation in extra-curricular activities.

To reach their full potential, Able, Gifted and Talented pupils need challenging tasks that stretch them intellectually.
Dover College:

  • Identifies its Able, Gifted and Talented pupils;
  • Raises the awareness of the needs of these pupils;
  • Creates a climate in which teachers adapt and adjust to take account of pupils’ rapid development;
  • Ensures that all teachers are able to share in providing the level of subject support needed;
  • Draws on resources for gifted and talented pupils.