Kingsley is a smaller-than-average-sized academy and is part of the AET academy chain. The proportion of disadvantaged students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above average and the proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is above average. I have found that the use of the projected spend template a useful tool in discussing the funding that is allocated to the SEND department.
Our nursery is in a challenging area in the centre of Leicester and we have lots of children with special needs. We are setting up a room designed for small group teaching, to help meet the needs of some of our children; they will benefit from an uncluttered environment, with visual support and sensory activities. The children will spend a short period each day in the room, working on developing their play and communication skills, away from the noise and bustle of the main nursery.
At Allexton Day Nursery, we have accreditation from ICAN, the communication charity. All of our learning environments show evidence of our commitment to the development of speech, language and communication skills: we have simple visual timetables, our staff use Makaton and clear simple language, and we have weekly 'sign and sing' sessions. This practice really helps our children to develop their communication skills, and it helps us to identify children who are having particular problems.
We delivered a “Develop Yourself” model of inset to:
• Provide individualised CPD for staff who have a variety of roles, experience levels and subjects
• Encourage a culture in which staff are proactive owners of their own CPD
• Scaffold access to resources which are permanently available (eg. staff library, MOOCs etc)