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What kinds of provision is made at Stanley Primary School for children with SEN/D?

At Stanley Primary School we can make provision for a range of frequently occurring special educational need without a statement of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plan, for instance, we are currently supporting pupils with the following needs: dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language needs, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioural difficulties.  There are other kinds of special educational need which do not occur as frequently and with which the school is less familiar, but we can access training and advice to support us in meeting those needs. 

 

The admission arrangements for pupils without a statement of special educational needs / Education, Health and Care Plan must not discriminate against or disadvantage disabled children or those with special educational needs and must follow the normal school admissions procedures.

 

Places within the Peartree Unit are allocated by the Local Authority. The school does not control admission to this specialist provision for pupils with Autism or Social/Communication difficulties.

 

Outlined below are the different types of support that are offered to children with SEN/D.

 

a) High Quality Teaching

For your child, this means:

•  The teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class

•  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 may involve things like using more practical learning.

Stanley Primary School strives to ensure all pupils receive high quality teaching.

 

b) Specific small group work (sometimes called Intervention Groups in school.)

For your child, this means:

•  Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress

•  Programmes of support will be put in place on a short term basis to help your child to ‘catch up’

This may be:

•  Run in the classroom or in the shared area

•  Run by a teacher or most often a Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant using the teacher’s plan

This type of support is available for any child who has specific gaps in their understanding of a subject/area of learning.

Examples of intervention groups currently on offer at Stanley Primary are; phonics groups, Rapid Reading Programme, 5 Minute Box, Comprehension Box, Maths Whizz, booster groups.

 

c) Highly personalised support, called Special Educational Needs Support

For your child, this means:

•  In consultation with you, your child will have been identified by the Class Teacher, Year Leader and/or SENCo/Inclusion Leader as needing extra specialist support in school instead of, or in addition to high quality teaching and intervention groups

•  You will be asked to come to a meeting to discuss your child’s progress and help plan the focused support for your child through writing an Individual Education Plan

•  Personalised support through specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo/Inclusion Leader or specialist professional) are in place to support your child to learn and make progress

•  A Learning Support Assistant or Teacher will run these small group sessions using the Teacher’s plan

• You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional such as a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist to help the school and yourself understand your child’s particular needs in order to provide focused support

•  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, for example, some individual support or changing some aspects of teaching to support them better
  • Support to set better individual targets for your child, which will include their specific expertise
  • A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional, for example, a social skills group
  • A group or individual work with the outside professional

This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through high quality teaching and intervention groups. This is called Special Educational Needs Support (and replaces School Action and School Action Plus).

 

d) Specified Individual support

This support is usually provided via a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan).

This means your child will have been identified by the Class Teacher and SENCo/Inclusion Leader as needing a more intensive level of specialist help that cannot be entirely met from the resources usually available to Stanley Primary School through the delegated budget to provide SEN/D Support.

For your child this means:

  • The school (or you) can ask the Local Authority for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment for your child
  • This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child
  • After the school have sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs (as described in the paperwork provided), seem complex enough to need a EHC assessment
  • If this is the case, they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs
  • After the reports have all been sent in, the Local Authority will decide if your child’s needs require an EHC Plan in order to make good progress
  • If this is the case, they will write an EHC Plan
  • If this is not the case, they will ask the school to continue with Special Educational Needs Support and also set up a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place to ensure your child makes as much progress as possible
  • The EHC Plan will outline long and short term objectives for your child and what support they will receive in order to achieve these outcomes
  • This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are complex and lifelong.

Stanley Primary School, Strathmore Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 8UH

Tel: 020 8977 4858