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What support is available?

What are the different types of support available for children with SEND at Oaklands?

Class teacher input via targeted classroom teaching also known as 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 or visual methods of learning.
  • Specific strategies (which may be suggested by the Inclusion Leader or outside professionals) are in place to support your child to learn.
  • Additional or specific resources to support individual needs are used as recommended by the Inclusion Leader or outside professional.

All children in school should be getting this as a part of excellent classroom practice when needed.

Specific group work with in a smaller group of children.
This group, often called an intervention group, may be

  • Run in the classroom or outside.
  • Run by a teacher or a teaching assistant.

**Please note that not all intervention groups are to support pupils with SEND.

For some pupils more specific, target led, small group or individual work will be needed to support their progress in school. This may involve working with a teacher, teaching assistant or other professional for example a speech therapist. This additional support may take place in or out of the classroom depending on the needs of all pupils.

 

If your child has a statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) or has specific needs which require specialist intervention their provision will be planned and reviewed through a Person Centred Review meeting to inform their SEN Support Review held annually. This meeting will be centred around your child and planning the outcomes for their provision and progress. It will be an opportunity to share your child’s successes, likes and dislikes as well as their progress in school and an opportunity to plan for the future. The annual meeting will be attended by you, school staff and any other professionals working with your child (these meetings can be held at more regular intervals if needed).

 

Current interventions used at Oaklands Community Primary School: Follow the link below to view our provision map. The provision available may vary dependent on the needs of individuals, groups, the whole class and current staff training.

 

How is extra support allocated to children and how do they move between the different levels?

  • The school budget, received from Somerset Local Authority, includes money for supporting children with SEND.
  • The Head Teacher and Senior Leadership Team discuss all the information they have about SEND pupils in the school, including those already receiving extra support, the pupils who need extra support and the pupils who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected.
  • The Headteacher, alongside the Inclusion Leader decides the budget for Special Educational Needs in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs in the school.

The Inclusion Leader may submit a request to Somerset Local Authority for additional top up or ‘High Needs Funding’ based on the needs of individuals. This will be discussed with parent/carers and applications can be made annually.

Pupils with medical needs:

If your child has a medical condition you will be invited to meet with the Inclusion Leader before your child starts and thereafter at regular intervals to write a medical healthcare plan. This plan will ensure all staff in school are aware of your child’s medical needs and how to support your child to manage their condition. Staff working directly with your child will be trained appropriately before your child starts alternatively there may be a period when you are required to be support your child with their medical needs whilst staff training is arranged.

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