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
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.