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.
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.
Our schools cognition and learning needs were high in comparison to local and national data and our communication and interaction was far lower. So my question was why? and the conclusion I came to was that we weren't identifying speech and language difficulties early enough and they then turned into cognition and learning and this is when they were identified. So we bought in Speech and Language link, an absolute brilliant investment, I shared it with parents and staff.