SEN Report – 2
Question: What are the different Types of support available?
a) Class teacher input, via excellent targeted classroom teaching (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 built on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
• That 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 learning.
• That specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCo) are in place to support your child to learn.
• Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap or gaps in their understanding/learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress.
Specific group work
Intervention which may be
• Run in the classroom or a group room.
• Run by a teacher or a teaching assistant (TA).
b) Specialist groups run by outside agencies, e.g. Speech and Language therapy, Behaviour Support (Circle of Friends)
SEN Code of Practice 2014: School Support (SS)
This means a pupil has been identified by the SENCo/class teacher as needing some extra specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from
• Local Authority central services, such as the ASD Outreach Team, Behaviour Support Team or Sensory Service (for students with a hearing or visual need).
• Outside agencies such as the Education Psychology Service (EPS).
• School Health
What could happen:
- You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional, e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and you to understand your child’s particular needs better and be able to support them more effectively in school.
- The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations as to the ways your child is given support.
- Graduated Response for Individual Pupil funding (GRIP funding) can be accessed if your child continues to experience significant barriers to their learning. This will provide school with additional funding to support your chid and give access to specialist services such as SSSEN (Support Service for Special Educational Needs).
c) Specified Individual support- Education Care and Health Plans
This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong.
This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through Quality First Teaching and intervention groups.
Your child will also need specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from
• Local Authority central services such as the Autism Outreach Team, Behaviour Support or Sensory Service (for students with a hearing or visual need).
• Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service.
For your child this would mean
- The school (or you) can request that Local Authority Services carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child.
- If this is the case, they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs.
- After the reports have all been sent in, the Panel of Professionals will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong. If this is the case, they will provide your child with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). If this is not the case, they will ask the school to continue with the current level of support and also set up a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place to ensure your child makes as much progress as possible-GRIP funding maybe also be applied at this point. (See above)
- The EHC Plan will outline the number of hours of individual/small group support your child will receive from the LA and how the support should be used, and what strategies must be put in place. It will also have long- and short-term goals for your child.
• The additional adult may be used to support your child with whole class learning, run individual programmes or run small groups including your child.
• Click here to see the different interventions which are used at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.