Lonsdale School is a special school which has developed a new, holistic approach to assessment. 'New Horizons' is a person-centred assessment framework which includes academic, social and personal development; it has been well-received by staff, pupils and parents and has been praised by Ofsted.
This report by The Communication Trust presents the findings of our survey with more than 1200 members of the children and young people's workforce, where we asked about their experiences of professional development in speech, language and communication (SLC). Respondents were nearly unanimous in recognising the importance of SLC, but there were very significant gaps in their training in this area. The report also provides recommendations around improving the workforce's access to training.
Bright Futures School use a relationship-based social communication approach to support pupils with autism. Pupils become more able to engage with the academic and social curriculum, they are happy and challenging behaviours are greatly reduced.
This communication profile is used to inform all staff and volunteers who enter the classroom and work with individual pupils with additional needs. It is developed in collaboration with all adults who are key to the pupil and with the pupil themselves. The outcome for the pupil is that their needs are met in all areas which allows them to have better access to the curriculum and make more progress.This is then reviewed on a regular basis to ensure all information is accurate and up to date.
This single-side document, written by a pupil, explains how he feels teachers should work most effectively with a student with PDA. It was created as part of a piece of work on pupil voice and has had a powerful impact on teacher understanding.
This is used for informal learning walks to check on how TAs are supporting. I might target year groups or types of need. I also complete these with the Deputy SENCO, EAL co-ordinator, my line manager, Heads of student learning (year heads) and subject leaders. This information is then fed back to TAs. We focus on the positive things we have seen and make comments developmental. This is part of our growth mind- set culture where we learn from each other.
In this policy paper from the SEN Policy Research Forum, leading experts in SEND discuss current issues, including involving schools and families in commissioning, educational psychology and Alternative Provision. Some creative solutions are detailed.
Froggy Match-it is a graded, interactive phonics game for use on a tablet or phone. It is meant for beginner readers who know most of the single letter sounds and is designed to fit in with the main phonics schemes used in schools. Froggy Match-it is designed for use in school and at home. It includes a fun bonus activity to reward progress and free downloadable writing sheets.
This one day session focuses on training for staff who support pupils on the autism spectrum who have complex needs. It aims to deepen participants’ understanding of autism and ways in which they can support pupil participation, including development of their personal and EHC Plans.