What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in Longsands or Ernulf?
The St Neots Learning Partnership assess the needs of every student on entry to the academies and offer a graduated response designed to meet the needs of individual students. In the first instance every child is given' Quality First Teaching'.
For your child this would mean:
- That the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils 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 may involve things like using more practical learning.
- Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENDCo or outside staff) are in place to support your child to learn.
- The subject teachers, supported by the senior leadership team check that your child's is making appropriate progress and whether they need some extra support to help them make the best possible progress, this may include specific group work in a smaller group of students.
These groups, often called Intervention groups by schools, may be
- Run in the classroom or outside.
- Led by a teacher or most often a Teaching assistant who has had training to run these groups.
These groups will address specific needs or gaps in skills and or knowledge to support your child to make the appropriate progress. He/ She will engage in group sessions with specific targets to help him/her to make more progress.
This type of support is available for any child who has specific gaps in their understanding of a subject/area of learning.
(under the pre September 2014 designation this may have been called School Action Plus). This means they have been identified by the class teacher/SENDCo as not making expected progress and may need targeted support.
For your child this may mean more specialist input instead of or in addition to quality first teaching and intervention groups. 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
For your child this may mean:
A group run by school staff e.g A phonics program
A group run by school staff under the guidance of the outside professional e.g a social skills group
A group or individual work with outside professional
The school may suggest that your child needs some agree individual support in school. They will tell you how the support will be used and what strategies will be put in place.
This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups.
This is usually provided via a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).This means your child will have been identified by the class teacher/SENDCo as needing a particularly high level of support or personalised provision to make the appropriate progress. This applies to a small number of children and young people who may have a special educational need or medical need. It is likely that this need may not be provided for from the budget normally available from the local authority or school. It is likely that a child in this category will have an Education, Care and health plan (formally called a statement).
For your child this may mean:
- The school (or you) can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child's needs. 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 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 statutory 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. This may result in the issuing of an EHCP. If they do not think your child needs this, they will ask the school to continue targeted support.
- The Statement or EHC Plan will outline the funding available for your child.
- The funding may be used to support your child with whole class learning, run individual programmes or run small groups including your child.
This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are:
- Severe, complex and possibly lifelong