All students receive excellent targeted classroom teaching also known as Quality First Teaching. For your child this would mean:
• That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all students in their class.
• That all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
• Different ways of teaching are in place so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This could involve things like using more practical learning.
• Specific strategies are in place to support your child to learn.
• If your child’s teacher has decided that your child has gap in their understanding/learning after carefully checking on your child’s progress they could receive some extra support to help them make the best possible progress.
• Differentiated academic pathways at KS4, to include vocational qualifications as appropriate
• Alternative education opportunities for learning outside of the school setting if appropriate
All students will get this level of support but other types of support are available for students with SEND:
Specific work with a small group of students.
This type of support is available for any student who has specific gaps in their understanding of a subject/area of learning and will be put in place if the SENDCo or Head of Department thinks that they need extra support in school. The groups, called “Intervention groups”, are based around areas such as literacy, numeracy, social skills, transition, dyslexia, “Nessy Fingers”, Study Skills or MFL.
• Take place in the Student Support Services department,
• Are planned and overseen by a teacher and delivered by either a teacher of SEND or by a Teaching Assistant who has been trained to run the groups,
• Are organised with specific targets to help your child make more progress. The targets will be identified in advance and need to be achieved within a specific time period, normally a term.
The progress made with the intervention is tracked and monitored closely to decide whether any additional support is needed for your child.
Specialist groups run by outside agencies
This type of support is available for students who are not making progress through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups and means they have been assessed as needing some extra specialist support in school. This may be from:
• Local Authority services such as the SENIT, an Educational Psychologist or Behaviour Support Service.
• Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service, Occupational Therapy, Emotional Wellbeing Team.
For your child this would mean:
• Your child will have been identified by the SENDCo as needing more specialist input instead of or in addition to Quality First Teaching and intervention groups.
• You will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan possible ways forward.
• You may be asked for permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and yourself understand your child’s needs better and be able to support them better in school.
• The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations, which may include:
o Making changes to the way your child is supported in class e.g. some individual support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better
o Support to set targets which will include their specific expertise
o A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional
o A group or individual work with an outside agency or professional
• The school may give your child needs some individual support in school. They will tell you how the support will be used and what strategies will be put in place.
This is usually provided through an Education, Health and Care Plan (known as a Single Plan in Gateshead). This means your child will have been identified by a specialist professional as needing a higher level of support than the school can provide from their SEND budget. This is a legal process, which is carried out by the LA, which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child. School will discuss with you if they think that this is required.
Emotional and Social
As well as providing academic support, school can also provide emotional and social support for students. This can include:
• Peer mentoring systems involving older, normally Sixth Form students
• Social skills/nurture group interventions – provided by both internal staff and external agencies
• School counsellor
• Support from a Learning Mentor
• Support individually or small group intervention work with the inclusion Assistant
• Self-esteem interventions – ranging from small group interventions to speech and language interventions
• A Pastoral system which allocates support from Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year, as well as from the Inclusion Manager
• Anti-bullying policies that are taught within the PSRE curriculum
• Opportunity to study ASDAN and PSD (Personal and Social Development)
• Provision provided before and after school for vulnerable students
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