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Provision within Special Education Needs

Special Educational Needs

Quality First Teaching may meet the needs of children with special educational needs. Additionally the following may be appropriate provision:

Cognition and Learning(C&L)

These children will be learning at a slower pace than their peers and may have difficulty acquiring basic literacy or numeracy skills, even with appropriate differentiation. They may need more practical activities than their peers to support the development of abstract concepts. They may need a range of specific maths and English interventions

Communication and Interaction (C&I)

This will include specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or Speech, Language and Communication needs (SLCN). Also Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Asperger’s Syndrome. Interventions might include language rich environments and individual support for communication.

Sensory &/or Physical Needs (S/PD)

This includes visual impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI), multi-sensory impairment (MSI) and physical disability (PD). Minor adjustments may be needed to the curriculum or to the physical environment. These may be required as reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act 2010.

We may provide learning support in small groups or individually to develop fine motor skills, coordination or a physiotherapy programme.

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH)

A range of mental health problems may require special provision to be made e.g. anxiety, conduct problems such as aggression and oppositional problems, attention deficit disorders such as ADD and ADHD, attachment disorder. At Horsell Junior School we have a rigorous behaviour policy with clear rules for conduct which is supported with pastoral care.

We provide ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support) when class interventions have not worked. Focused sessions take place over a six week period with a trained member of staff. ELSA support is supervised by educational psychologists. The sessions can cover emotional awareness, social skills, friendship issues, self-esteem, anxiety and anger management. ELSA may be provided 1:1 or in small groups. There may be a waiting period to access this resource.

A play therapist is available for social-emotional concerns, parental separation, grief, self- harm and anxiety. This is a specialist service and parental consent is required. There may be a waiting list for this service.

Superflex is a social-emotional learning programme and may be provided when social-emotional concerns are impacting on learning. This may be appropriate for children with autistic spectrum disorder, ADD/ADHD or behaviour difficulties. This is provided by a specialist TA.

We work closely with specialist services such as CAMHS.