The approach to teaching children with SEND
All our teachers are teachers of SEN. Pupils have been supported in following their interests, and the Curriculum regardless of their SEND. Children work in different groups depending on their ability and the specific task. A variety of learning styles are used so the children have the opportunity to engage in different ways. These include practical hands on activities, problem solving activities, drama, school trips, ICT. Children have also been given the opportunity to develop independence through the use of individual tasks as well as paired and group work. For some children, personalised and highly differentiated work is provided, enabling independent learning.
One-to-one support/individualised timetables are in place for some pupils who need more intensive support. Each class have teaching assistants who support children within the class during lessons as well as assisting them with catch up work or interventions. Teachers monitor and track all children in the class. Should a child not be making progress in line with their peers, this will be discussed with parents, the SENDCo and the Headteacher. From these discussions a course of action regarding intervention will be addressed and implemented. This will be reviewed regularly to ensure that the provision is meeting the needs of the individual.
Expertise and training of staff
Various members of staff have had SEN training within the last year. This has included
- Trauma Informed Schools training
- Team Teach training
- Makaton training
- Growth Mindset Training
- Autism Spectrum Disorder Training
Where additional expertise is required, this is brought in during the year. This has included an Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy behaviour support, special ASD support and Penhaligon’s Friends, Cognition and Learning Services, Disability Service and Dreadnought Counselling services. We have also had the support of Social Services, Family Support Workers, Community Nursing Team and the Education Welfare Officer.