It is our policy to identify needs as early as possible during the early years so that a specialised programme is implemented which will provide maximum support. Needs and progress then continue to be carefully monitored by class teachers and our own Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo). Close consultation with parents is maintained throughout this process.
The SENCo also attends a LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) meeting once a term. This enables advice to be shared from professionals for specific needs and visits to be arranged to further support class staff.
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Arrangements for pupils with Physical or Sensory Impairment
Parents of children with physical or sensory impairment are asked to give the Principal details as soon as they are offered a place at the academy. The Principal will arrange a meeting with the SENCo and parents to discuss the ways in which the child’s impairment might hinder her/him from taking a full part in the life of the academy and the ways in which such difficulties will be overcome. We will then attempt to make any arrangements necessary to enable the child to participate fully in all lessons and activities. These arrangements may include briefing staff, obtaining special equipment, making minor adaptations to the building and/or rearranging classroom furniture. These may take time to put into place and may require advice and assistance from the specialist agencies, so parents are urged to see the Principal as soon as possible so that arrangements can be planned.
Budget restraints also have to be considered.
Provisions on offer at Hamstreet
Children are assessed and needs identified early by the school’s SENCo alongside the SEN Tutor and individual programmes are then put in place. These might include the following programmes:
|Intervention||Type||Area of need||Graduated response||Suitable for|
|1:1||In class support||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|Assistant head booster group||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||5/6|
|Assistant head booster group||Maths||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||5/6|
|Beanstalk- 1:1 reading programme||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||5/6|
|BRP||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|Clever Hands||Sensory and physical provision||Sensory and Physical||SEN support||All|
|Fizzy||Sensory and physical provision||Sensory and Physical||SEN support||All|
|FLO Support||Social skills support||Social, Emotional and Mental Health||SEN support||All|
|FLO Support||Emotional and behavioural support||Social, Emotional and Mental Health||SEN support||All|
|GIP Maths||Maths||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|GIP- Pupil Premium||In class support||Communication and Interaction||No special educational needs||All|
|GIP- Reading||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||All|
|GIP- Speaking and Listening||Literacy||Communication and Interaction||No special educational needs||All|
|GIP- Well Being||Emotional and behavioural support||Social, Emotional and Mental Health||No special educational needs||All|
|GIP- Writing||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||All|
|High achiever booster group- Maths||Gifted and Talented||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||Years 2-6|
|High achiever booster group- Reading||Gifted and Talented||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||Years 2-6|
|High achiever booster group- Writing||Gifted and Talented||Cognition and Learning||No special educational needs||Years 2-6|
|Lego Therapy||Social skills support||Communication and Interaction||SEN support||All|
|Memory Magic||Learning and study support||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|Numbershark||Maths||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|One to One English||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||KS1|
|SEN Team- Number support||Maths||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|SEN team- phonics support||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|SEN Team- reading comprehension||Literacy||Cognition and Learning||SEN support||All|
|Sensory Circuits||Sensory and physical provision||Sensory and Physical||SEN support||All|
|Social Skills||Social skills support||Communication and Interaction||SEN support||All|
|The Social and Emotional Competence Game||Social skills support||Sensory and Physical||No special educational needs||All|
|Wordshark||Literacy||Communication and Interaction||SEN support||All|
Wordshark and Numbershark
These are computer based programmes which help reinforce spellings and maths skills. Their use is tailored to a child’s individual needs. Progress is tracked very carefully and links with group work or 1:1 work carried out during the week with the SEN team.
Fizzy/ Clever Hands for Gross and Fine Motor skills.
Fizzy is the gross motor skills programme, focusing on three areas; balance, ball skills and co-ordination. We have a highly trained member of staff who works with identified children to improve these skills which is then closely monitored back in class with teachers. All class staff support children with these needs in class as part of their quality first teaching. The following are resources for use at home to support the above:
The SEN team have a wealth of resources that have been developed over time. Sounds are broken down in to lists and children work on these through varied teaching approaches. Time to apply to written work is also given in sessions and supported back in the classroom by all class staff. This is tracked very carefully to ensure children continue to make good progress.
Numicon and other Maths support.
Numicon is a multi-sensory maths approach which uses structured apparatus to raise achievement in Maths. All staff have been trained in using the apparatus in class and also out of class for specific interventions. As with reading support, liaison between intervention staff and class staff is high quality, ensuring children make links between the support they receive out of class and their daily work in class.
Additionally, the SEN team use the CLIC Maths programme. This is used to teach number throughout the school in every class. Children who are identified as not making as good progress as their peers receive intervention here and concepts are re-visited using CLIC which ensures children are taught with familiar and consistent mathematical vocabulary.
Class staff also use materials from programmes that have been recommended by outside agencies, e.g. Speech and Language, outreach support and so on. Progress against small step targets is shared with these agencies to ensure progress.
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