All our staff have been trained in a variety of approaches which means that we are able to adapt to a range of Special Educational Need and Disability – specific learning difficulties (including dyslexia); Autistic Spectrum Condition; Speech, Language and Communication needs and social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
We are a very inclusive school. Wherever possible children are taught alongside their peers in clear differentiated groups. Teachers adapt their teaching constantly in order to cater for their pupils’ needs. When appropriate, staff are deployed to give children additional support in small groups outside the classroom, or to provide one-to-one support.
All our staff can adapt resources to either offer a greater level of support or to make learning more challenging so that every child is able to achieve their very best.
We run a number of ‘catch-up’ groups for children who are in danger of falling behind their peers. These usually cover phonics, reading comprehension, writing and punctuation and groups to develop mathematical language. When appropriate, more intensive one-to one interventions are provided for children with more complex needs.
We have a communication-friendly environment and use personal visual timetables to help children understand what activity or part of the day is coming next.
We offer a wide range of in-house communication groups; these usually focus on Attention and Listening, Speech and Language and Social interaction.
We have a dedicated nurture room that is available for specialist groups such as our ‘Hour-space’ group, who meet three afternoons a week to develop social and language skills.
Access to a Lego or Cooking therapy programme delivered by a trained Learning Support Assistant to promote social skills for children with Autism.