What is SEND?
SEND is an abbreviated term meaning Special Educational Needs and/or Disability. A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning disability or difficulty that requires special educational provision to help him or her.
SEND is split into four main areas of need
- Cognition and Learning
- Communication and Interaction
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Sensory and/or Physical
At Gorsewood we closely monitor all our pupils progress, achievements and wellbeing. If any staff have any concerns about a child they will follow a graduated approach to ensure the pupils needs are met.
The Graduated Approach at Gorsewood
We aim to provide Quality First Teaching to all pupils.
- Broad and balanced curriculum
- Well-planned and differentiated lessons
- Read, Write Inc and Language and Literacy.
- Mastery Maths.
- Communication Friendly classrooms
- Specialist P.E Teachers.
- The Happy in School Project
- Use of multi-sensory approaches (visual, auditory, kinaesthetic)
- Assemblies, trips, visiting speakers and themed day
- Encouraging and nurturing philosophy
- Use of Emotion Coaching
- Staff work to foster relationships with children
- School Council to promote pupil voice
- High expectations of behaviour and effort
- Opportunities to share work and achievements
- Inclusive ethos which celebrates difference
- Fully qualified teachers for every class
- Skilled teaching assistants
- All staff encouraged to attend a range of CPD.
- Midday assistants included in training opportunities
- Family Support Worker to provide additional support to families
- Classrooms are organised to encourage independence
- Visual timetables displayed in classrooms
- Learning prompts are displayed on classroom walls
- Booster Sessions
- Classroom rules are displayed and referred to
- Areas available for group and 1:1 work
- Attainment and progress of all children assessed and tracked throughout the year
- Personalised Success Criteria
- Combination of verbal feedback and quality first marking.
- Good communication with parents
- High Quality resources
- ICT resources.
- Varied outdoor areas.
- Beat Dyslexia intervention groups
- IDL Software
- Five Minute Box Intervention
- Word Wasp and Hornet
- Toe by Toe Intervention
- Cogmed intervention groups
- Building Blocks Intervention
- 1:1 Read Write Inc intervention groups
- Handwriting intervention programmes
- Fine motor skill activities
- Gross motor skill activities
- Heart Math Software
- Dragon Speak Software
- Clicker 6 Software
- Coloured Overlays
- Move n Sit Chairs
- Initial Dyslexia Screening
- Initial Dyscalculia Screening
- Chunking of activities.
- Individual Workstations.
- Nurture Group
- ELSA trained professionals
- In-class support from TA
- Input from Speech and Language Therapy
- Use of Social Stories
- Use of visual prompts e.g. task planners or visual timetables.
- Speech production activities
- Language development activities
- Transition Plans for pupils.
- Team Teach techniques.
- Lunchtime club
- Individual and group reward systems
- Mentoring (group session)
- Ear defenders available
- Adapted resources such as pencil grips, seat wedges,writing slopes
- Educational Psychologist
- Specialist Teacher support for Reading, Writing and Maths
- 1:1 support from TA
- Communication and Interaction programmes
- Involvement of Speech and Language
- Speech Therapy Service
- Positive Behaviour Service Outreach Team
- Attendance and Behaviour Team
- Family Support Worker
- Specialist Equipment including changing facilities
- Positive Behaviour Support Service
- Mentoring and Counselling
- Occupational Therapist
- Involvement of Physiotherapist