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SEND Summer 2016

There are currently 49 children without statements on the SEN register which is 21% of the school population. The national average is 12.1%. There are two children in the school with EHC plans, one of which was recently been transferred from a statement of need. 

Since the beginning of the spring term the learning mentor, SENCo and the CWO have been running a Nurture group. The Boxall Profile has been used to assess the needs of six children who have been chosen because of their difficulty in following the rules of the classroom and their inability to display the correct behaviour for learning. There are four sessions which are 2 – 2½hours long. In the sessions there has been a mixture of an appropriate curriculum taught and activities that give the children strategies to cope with the classroom routines that they are struggling with. Its aim is to return the children to their classes full time within three terms equipped with approaches that will aid the self-regulation of their behaviour. We have had some success

Six children are attending play therapy at the Toy Library; this has made an impact, especially with the current children’s social and communication development. Five children are currently receiving STEPs one to one programmes. The English interventions we are currently delivering are, Toe by Toe, Word Wasp, Hornet and Fischer Family Trust.  The maths interventions are Dyscalculia activities, Power of 2 and Plus 1. All the interventions are tracked to evaluate their effectiveness and continue to aid the children in their understanding of phonics, reading and maths.

The speech and language therapist from Blossom Tree Hannah Jackson has screened the FS1 and 2 children, run some parent training and begun to deliver therapy where needed. She has also started to provide training for the KS1 and 2 staff that are running SALT programmes. She has organised a successful stay and play group in FS1 that has a core group of parents attending. This has had enormous impact to the language skills of the children whose parents join the group regularly. We have seen a difference in the communication skills of their younger siblings who will be attending FS1 in September 2016. It has also enabled her to identify parents who need one to one parent child interaction sessions. There is also speech and language support being delivered to a number of children across the school including the SALT programmes which are monitored and are written by Hannah.

John Hepburn has been coming in on Monday and Tuesday back to back once a month (a timetable is available) for this academic year and has assessed children, as well as consulted with teachers to assist with the planning of appropriately levelled tasks for children with multi agency plans. Kate Lake the assistant psychologist has been running programmes and is supported by John. Kate is running several programmes including: working memory training, mindfulness (an anxiety intervention) and Fun Friends (a social communication programme). She is also supporting two children on the spectrum giving them strategies to cope with everyday situations in the classroom.

This term we are beginning to support some year 6 children, who are still on the register, in their transition into secondary school.

 June Wilson

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