Quality First Teaching - What is it?
Wave 1 is about what should be on offer for all children: the effective inclusion of all pupils in high-quality everyday personalised teaching. Such teaching will, for example, be based on clear objectives that are shared with the children and returned to at the end of the lesson; carefully explain new vocabulary; use lively, interactive teaching styles and make maximum use of visual and kinaesthetic as well as auditory/verbal learning. Approaches like these are the best way to reduce, from the start, the number of children who need extra help with their learning or behaviour.
Wave 2 is targeted catch up provision for groups to ‘put children back on course’.
Wave 3 a deeper intervention offering more personalised solution to be used if Wave 2 hasn’t been successful.
Children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) have a learning difficulty or a disability that makes it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. These children may need extra or different help than that offered to others within their class, more likely to be supported by an intervention programme . Early identification of a special need is vital in ensuring the child gets the right type of support at the right time. Here at Twin Sails we aim to do just that and have a number of intervention strategies to help us as well as a team of committed and highly trained staff delivering additional support
Heading up our SEN provision is Katie Walker our Special Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCo).
If you have any questions about the information here or about your child's progress please get in touch with the office, Mrs Walker will be happy to talk to you.
Take a look at some of the great work we do here on the page below but before you do please let us share some important information you may find helpful.......
There are some significant changes in the world of SEN with a SEN Code of Practice introduced September 2014 , this means our current SEN/Inclusion policy is currently being reviewed in light of these changes.
Pets as Therapy
As part of the well being and pastoral care of the children we offer the unique opportunity to spend time with our Pets as Therapy dogs Sonny and Oakley.
Both dogs are owned and trained by Teaching Assistant Jenny Clarke and have been thoroughly assessed for their suitability by Pets as Therapy.
Jenny explains "The children get the chance to spend "special time" with the dogs; stroking, brushing or story telling with them. We also walk them, do circle time activities and as part of the commitment to the scheme we have recently started 'Read 2 Dogs'. This is where children who lack confidence or who just need a little more encouragement and incentive to read can do so to Sonny and Oakley in a relaxed atmosphere. Since the introduction of our Pets as Therapy dogs we have been really thrilled with the results and positive feedback from children and their families. We are very proud to be able to provide this opportunity to the children here at Twin Sails".
Fischer Family Trust
Fischer Family Trust is an early intervention for children who have difficulties learning to read and write. The programme has been recognised as an effective approach to boosting children's reading and writing skills. This Wave 3 intervention is delivered by two very experiences teachers and one of our HLTAs.
ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistants
We recognise at Twin Sails there are challenges in supporting pupils whose learning is negatively affected by emotional difficulties. As a school we are committed to working together to ensure the inclusion, achievement and well-being of all pupils and as a result have staff trained in providing emotional support to help children to deal with difficult emotions.
We provide help so they can develop ways to cope with a family split or a bereavement, manage anger or to develop social skills enabling them to make friends more easily.
Whatever the concern it's our aim to make sure the children here are relaxed and happy and ready to learn.
Speech & Language Support
Some children need additional support with their speech and language. Debbie Giles is an experienced Teaching Assistant here who specialises in Speech and Language support and intervention. Mrs Giles works closely with children and Speech and Language Therapists to deliver programme to improve their skills in this area.
EAL (English as an Additional Language)
Learning new skills is a daunting prospect for many children, however consider how this challenge is increased if English is not your mother tongue. Patrycja Stachowicz is our Polish Teaching Assistant, she explains how she supports our Polish children.
"I support children in the classroom, small groups and on an individual basis mainly helping them access numeracy, literacy and topic work. I also focus on phonics, spelling and reading, depending on the level of support required. If a child is new to England then we start by play simple games and using fun ways to build confidence and introduce English. For the children who know England, but just need more practice at using their skills correctly, then I focus on more complex games that require a more in depth use of English. I also run a popular lunch time club where we sing nursery rhymes and read stories".
In addition there are other specialised interventions happening on a day to day basis across the school. We focus on helping children who need help with literacy, numeracy, attention and concentration as well as fine and gross motor skills. Whilst we aim to keep children in the class, with their peers, for the main part we are very lucky to have dedicated spaces available to us which means we can take small groups out of the busy class rooms and work more creatively!
Bubble Room - (picture to follow) This is our sensory room where children can chill out and unwind for 5 minutes. This is important for children who may have specific sensory needs or just find being in a loud and busy class room overwhelming at times
Rainbow Room - This is our specialised sound proofed Speech and Langauge room where Mrs Giles spends a lot of her time.
Garden - We have a beautiful Twin Sails garden where the children can enjoy many sensory spaces, Mrs Green our gardener uses her "green fingers" to full effect!
School Support Plan (SSP - previously Individual Education Plan)
If a child receives extra support then he or she may well have an SSP. This will be written by the class teacher, with involvement from parents or carers, outlining what the child is working towards and how this will be achieved.
The plan will be regularly reviewed to make sure the support provided is right and everything is on track. The plan is designed so it can be changed and updated as things progress and to suit the needs of the child.
The plan maybe in place for a term or longer, depending very much on the child's need.
If your child has an SSP or you have any concerns please get in touch with your class teacher who will be more than happy to discuss it with you. Mrs Walker is also available at parents evenings for a chat.
Please contact us at Telephone: 01202 672377 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org