Schedule 1 regulation 51
At Weald Community Primary School the Leader of Learning Success or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) oversees the provision for all pupils who need additional support to enable them to access the curriculum. We aim to identify issues early and support pupils learning with differentiated tasks and activities within the classroom. Progress is carefully monitored and extra teaching in small groups or one to one may be recommended.
Nationally, Special Educational Needs are currently identified in four broad areas of need:
- Cognition and Learning
- Behaviour, Emotional and Social
- Communication and Interaction
- Sensory and Physical
Pupils who require additional support are identified on the school’s SEN Register or the Learning and Behaviour Monitoring register.
We identify and monitor pupils who may not be making expected progress and provide short term support and interventions with the aim of raising attainment. If progress remains slow over a period of time and the attainment gap is not closing, we may identify a pupil as having special educational needs.
The definition of SEN in the new Code of Practice is a child who has a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be available. A child has a learning difficulty if he or she:
- Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age; or
- Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in a mainstream school (SEN Code of Practice 2014 page 4)
Under the new Code of Practice children can receive:
- SEN Support
- Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCP’s)
Regular meetings are held three times a year with parents to track pupil progress and identify pupils who need additional support. Provision maps identify interventions and targets to raise attainment. A Provision Plan with short and long term targets may be drawn up for a pupil with very specific needs.
We support pupils at Weald Community School in a variety of ways, including quality first teaching in the classroom with differentiated learning opportunities for pupils. Teaching Assistants including two Higher Level Teaching Assistants support the teaching and learning in the classroom and lead small intervention groups or work one to one with pupils.
At Weald Community School we hold the belief that ‘what is good for pupils with dyslexia and other differences is good for all pupils’ and we use a variety of strategies and adjustments to make our classrooms child friendly:
- a daily visual timetable in the classroom and pupils have access to a homework timetable either in the back of their contact books or displayed in the classroom.
- we provide visual support during lessons, for example, punctuation, vocabulary, word banks, openers and connectives pyramids for writing; hundred squares, dyslexic number squares, number lines and times tables squares for Numeracy and topic vocabulary for all subjects.
- pre-teaching topic vocabulary and using the font ‘Comic Sans’ or ‘Sassoon Primary’ for display captions or topic vocabulary and on the interactive whiteboard.
- we change the background colour to a pastel shade when using the interactive whiteboard to reduce glare and using pastel shades of paper when photocopying printed text.
- we encourage the use different coloured pens to ‘chunk’ information when writing information on the whiteboard.
- offer mini coloured ‘book-markers’ to assist pupils to keep their place in a text book.
- use coloured overlay ‘reading rulers’ when pupils are reading to help them stay on the line.
- encourage the use of mind mapping as a planning tool or as an alternative method of recording and using writing frames to assist Literacy activities.
- provide a task management board to help personal organisation
- offer a specialist dictionary such as ACE or Oxford Spelling Dictionary in key stage 2.
Some examples of intervention groups at Weald include:
Phonics and spelling groups
Wordshark – spelling support
Acceleread/Accelerwrite – supporting spelling and writing
Targeted reading and handwriting support
TRUGS – teaching reading using games
Nessy – Dyslexic teaching programme for English
Beam and Jump Ahead – these programmes support fine and gross motor skills development, memory and listening skills
Social and Communication skills groups which help pupils make positive relationships and talk through their worries
Rapid Read – E-books for SEN children
Barrington Stoke books for dyslexic children using their reading age but with high interest for the pupils
Communicate in Print
Advice for parents of children with dyslexia: Dyslexia document
Mrs Belinda Brown
Partnership with parents: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association of Special Educational Needs: www.nasen.org.uk
Kent West Dyslexia Association: www.kentwestdyslexia.org.uk
Dyspraxia Foundation: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
National Autism Society: www.autism.org.uk
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: www.adhd.org.uk
Asthma UK: www.asthma.org.uk
Deaf Association: www.ndcs.org.uk
Blind Association: www.rnib.org.uk
Young Healthy Minds: www.cxk.org.uk
More detailed information about special educational needs and disabilities (SEN & D) can be found in the SEND policy (see below).
The Local Offer is a list of provision for SEN children or children with disabilities within the local authority of Kent. You can find the local authority’s Local Offer via the following link:
Parents without internet access should make an appointment with me for support to gain the information they require. Please contact the office to book an appointment on 01732 463307.