Woodmanstern Primary

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What are the different types of support available for my child with SEND at Woodmansterne?

Quality first teaching by class teacher (universal support)

For your child this would mean:

  1. That the teacher has the highest possible expectations

  2. That all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand

  3. Different ways of teaching (for example, practical activities and visual supports) are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class

  4. Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo or outside agencies) are in place to support children to learn

  5. Formally assessing your child’s progress six times throughout the year. Targets are set for your child to ensure that gaps in their understanding and learning are addressed

  6. That your child may receive some additional individual or small group support in the classroom or in sessions outside of the whole class learning

Targeted interventions (targeted support)

  1. These may be run in the classroom or in sessions outside of whole class learning

  2. They may be delivered by a teacher, Teaching Assistant (TA), Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) or Early Years Educator (EYE) who has had specific training to run these groups

  3. We have Learning Mentors (LM) who work across the school to support children with behavioural or emotional needs

  4. Children will engage in group or individual sessions with specific targets to help them to make progress

  5. All interventions are planned under the guidance of the SENCo and class teachers

  6. All interventions are monitored and reviewed by the SENCo and class teachers

  7. We run interventions that have been proven to be successful - evidence based interventions

Specialist groups run by outside agencies e.g. Speech and Language therapy, Educational Psychology, Occupational therapy (targeted support)

This may be from Local Authority central services such as:
  1. Lambeth Hearing Support Service (LHSS) for children with a hearing difficulty

  2. Speech and Language Therapy service (NHS service)

  3. Lambeth Educational Psychology service

  4. Occupational therapy

  5. School nurse

In addition to this, Woodmansterne:
  1. Provides weekly Speech and Language Therapy sessions that are delivered by a private, qualified therapist

  2. Supplements the amount of sessions offered by Lambeth Educational Psychology Service, to increase the amount of support for children, staff and parents.

For your child this would mean:

  1. You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to an outside agency e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or an Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and yourself further understand your child’s particular needs and be able to support them more effectively

  2. The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations, which may include:

Making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g. individual support from a member of staff or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better

Set clear targets which will include their specific expertise

Setting an intervention group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g. a social skills group

Setting an intervention group or individual work directly with the outside professional

If a child does not respond to the above support and interventions over time, they will receive a SEN support plan. This document will outline the child’s needs and targets will be set alongside parents and external agencies, using the graduated approach of 'Plan, do, assess, review'. This is done in preparation for an application for an EHC plan (please see below).

Specified Individual support (specialist support)
  1. This is provided for children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). EHC plans will come into action in September 2014 and will replace a Statement of Special Educational Needs. Statements and EHC plans are given to children who need additional support above and beyond the support outlined in the above categories. This support is available for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong

  2. Children will continue to receive , Quality First Teaching, Targeted Interventions, Support from outside agencies such as SALT, EP, OT

In addition to this:

  1. Children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may receive support from the ASD Outreach Team (Larkhall)

  2. The EHC Plan or Statement will outline the number of hours of individual or small group support your child will receive from a specialist teaching assistant (STA) and how the support should be used.

  3. An individualised curriculum where appropriate.

  4. Please see additional information about our inclusion team, available on the website. This includes information about which members of staff are in our inclusion team, and their specific roles at Woodmansterne.

  5. The Lambeth Local Offer Web site contains full information of the services available to children, young people and their families under the Lambeth Local Offer.