We understand that children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, some children, at some time in their school life, may need extra help and support in a variety of different ways.
Initially, children’s needs are met through quality first teaching provided by the class teacher; all teachers at Neville’s Cross are teachers of children with SEND. If staff feel that a child’s needs cannot be met through quality first teaching alone, then additional support or intervention may be put into place and short term targets will be set in consultation with the staff, parents and the child. Support may be offered through an additional adult working alongside the child or their group, and/or taking part in intervention or enhancement programmes outside of the classroom. These approaches support us in a cycle of assessing the needs of children, planning to meet their needs, implementing strategies and reviewing their impact.
The school aims to work in partnership with parents as well as other agencies for additional assessments and advice, if necessary. eg, the Educational Psychology Service, Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Inclusion Service, Speech and Language Therapy Team, CAMHS, school nursing, Paediatricians etc. Parents will be consulted at every stage of this process.
As a school we offer a variety of interventions and enhancement programmes in school including:
- Move Forward (gross motor skills)
- Talkabout (social communication)
- Time to Talk (social skills)
- Power of 2 (a maths enhancement programme)
- Lexia (reading and spelling)
- 1-1 speech and language support
- Specific programmes provided by Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy/TreeTops.
Interventions and support provided to a child are closely monitored by the SENCo in order to evaluate their effectiveness. Assessments may be carried out before the intervention and again at the end as well as discussions with class teachers and parents to measure impact.
Children with SEND may also access additional support in order to attend extra-curricular clubs provided by the school.
Staff have had experience of teaching children with:
- General Learning Difficulties – children whose learning progresses at a slower pace
- Speech and Language Difficulties
- Behavioural Difficulties
- Dyslexia (difficulties with reading, writing and spelling)
- Dyspraxia (problems with motor skills, organisation)
- ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder – ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Downs Syndrome
- Other Physical including visual impairment, hearing impairment
- Other Medical Needs including nut allergy, epilepsy
Staff have received training in the following aspects of SEND
- ASD and strategies to support children in school
- ELKLAN (Speech and Language support)
- SEND reforms and new Code of Practice
- Movement difficulties
- ADHD and strategies to support children
- Supporting and assessing children with additional needs
- Administering EpiPen medication
We always engage the staff in training to meet the needs of children who may have differing SEND needs to those experienced previously.
Arrangements for Children and Adults with Disabilities
At Neville’s Cross School we believe every person should be treated equally and with respect. As long as this school is the best place to meet the needs of an individual child, he/she will be admitted and every care taken to ensure appropriate access to the full curriculum. As far as possible the physical needs of every child and adult will be catered for.
The school provides disabled toilet facilities for children and adults. The school building includes internal steps however classrooms can be accessed via an external ramp in the playground. The main entrance to the school building is also accessible via an external ramp. All uneven surfaces and steps within the school grounds are marked for the visually impaired.
There are nine members of staff within school who are first aid trained and two members of staff are trained in administering prescribed medication to children. All medication is stored in a locked cupboard away from children.
Children with additional medical needs may have a care plan written in conjunction with the school nurse. The school endeavours to cater for all medical needs as practically possible and will request any additional training that is required.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.