The only real failure in life is one not learned from.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator - Ms. Kathryn Cooper
In Learning Support, a range of interventions are delivered to address the needs of students. These interventions will cater for the four main areas of need: cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social, emotional and mental health and sensory/physical needs.
Support is offered across all phases for numeracy and phonics, with small groups being supported with basic number and letter recognition, Read, Write, Inc., White Rose maths and individual support with pre-learning vocabulary.
Two after school clubs are offered to primary students: Busy Fingers (which can improve fine motor skills) and Visual Perception (which can improve students ability to recognise words, reading comprehension and number recognition).
Homework Support is also offered to secondary students Monday - Thursday lunchtimes.
The aim of this group is to teach social and emotional skills thereby removing barriers to learning that help to make students more “classroom ready”. It will be a small group led by an adult who teaches the students how to interact appropriately with others their age. They can help students learn conversational, friendship, and problem-solving skills. They can also be useful in teaching students to control their emotions and understand other people's perspectives.
Social interaction is one of the most delicate times during a child's education and for some children this social interaction is not something that comes naturally to them.
The importance of social interaction in terms of creating and maintaining relationships is vital; this will also help with a child's independence when outside the school environment.
The programme includes three key areas;
• Let's Communicate
• Let's Be Friends
• Let's Practise
Socially speaking aims to improve a pupil's self esteem, listening skills and expressive language abilities.
Stepping Stones is a provision for children who would benefit from some support and intervention with their social and emotional skills, as well as placing a great emphasis on language development and communication.
The key objectives of the sessions are to:
• Recognise our emotions and how we feel in different situations
• Recognise triggers for different emotional states
• Learn strategies for managing our emotions and self-regulating
• Listen and respond to others
• Talk in full sentences and develop our vocabulary
• Emphasise turn-taking
• Develop problem solving skills and independence
The nurture group has really started to show how children can thrive in terms of their confidence, social interactions and communication skills.