We are a large infant school in Birmingham. As part of our provision we have a Nurture Group which runs full time and take up to eight children in the morning and eight in the afternoon with a staffing ratio of 1-4. The children who are selected for the Nurture Group are assessed through using the Boxall Profile to identify their specific needs.
At the academy we offer 30 minute CPD sessions weekly throughout the academic year. For the session attached we define SEND and discuss the responsibilities of teaching staff. HLTAs then shared examples of how to support students in the classroom linked to their own area of responsibility. Dyslexia strategies, literacy, numeracy. We promote weblinks and training opportunities.
Every month we focus on a specific SEN area of need. A description or explanation about the area of need is shared, with examples of classroom strategies, and any resources available in school. We also share current practice already taking place at SPA, showing a number of images.
Attached areas of need are: Physically disabled students (Focus on Cerebral Palsy), Dyslexia, Supporting students with handwriting
A staff meeting took place to raise awareness of dyslexia amongst staff. The session also included supporting staff with understanding other areas which can affect learners, such as working memory. Ideas to support pupils with dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies were also discussed.