What kinds of support do we offer for children with SEND
(Special Educational Needs and disabilities)?
In school, support for children with SEND is provided through:
- High Quality Teaching
- Small group targeted intervention
- Individual targeted intervention
- Specialist agency support and intervention
The types of SEND that we support at James Watt are:
- Cognition and Learning
- How your child thinks, learns and understands their world.
- Communication and Interaction
- How your child talks to, listens, responds, plays with and learns with other children and adults.
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties
- How your child shows their feelings and negotiates and solves problems in different situations, and how they handle changes of routine.
- Sensory and/or Physical needs
- How your child responds to their environment and learning using their senses and any diagnosed medical issues.
We support children through High Quality Teaching
All teachers are trained to deliver High Quality Teaching, with teachers trained in supporting individual children’s needs through providing additional support within the classroom.
This means that:
- The teacher has the highest possible expectations for ALL pupils in their class.
- All teaching builds on what your child already knows, can do and understands.
- The teacher uses different ways of teaching to support all the ways that children learn, so that all children engage in their learning and are fully motivated to learn.
- The teacher identifies barriers to a child’s learning and uses strategies and resources to reduce the barriers so they access the curriculum and environments.
- The teacher monitors children’s progress to ensure that the teaching and any additional resources meet their needs.
We support children through targeted group work
This is where the child works with a smaller group of children, who are at a similar place in their learning, often called an intervention or booster group.
For the child this would mean:
- Working in small group sessions on specific targets or objectives to support their progress.
- These sessions are usually led by a trained Teaching Assistant, under the direction of the Class Teacher, with advice from the SENCo.
- Progress is constantly monitored and reviewed to ensure that this small group work meets the group’s needs.
- Analysis and evaluation of the group interventions are carried out regularly by the class teacher and SENCo to monitor the effectiveness and impact of the intervention.
We support children through targeted individual work
For the child this would mean:
- Working 1 to 1 on specific targets to support their learning or an area of development.
- These sessions are usually led by a trained Teaching Assistant under the direction of the Class Teacher, with advice from the SENCo.
- Progress is constantly monitored to ensure that the 1 to 1 intervention is meeting the child’s needs.
- Analysis and evaluation of the intervention is carried out regularly by the SENCo to monitor the effectiveness and impact of the intervention.
We support children through Specialist Agency intervention
This support means:
- The specialist agency carry out further assessments and observations to identify a child’s specific individual needs and any further barriers they may have to their learning.
- The SENCo works closely with the specialist agency and teachers to ensure individual targets and recommendations/advice are put in place to support a child’s individual needs.
- The child will work 1 to 1 with an adult on specific targets to support their individual needs.
- These 1 to 1 sessions are led by a trained Teaching Assistant under the direction of the SENCo and the specialist agency involved.
- Progress is constantly monitored to ensure that the 1 to 1 intervention is meeting a child’s individual needs.
- Analysis and evaluation of the intervention is carried out by the SENCo and specialist agency professional, at timed intervals, to monitor the effectiveness and impact of the intervention.