We currently buy in a speech therapist for one day a week; she works alongside a teaching assistant in school who is designated to SALT provision full time. This enables us to screen children very on an implement appropriate provision for them.
We use a number of interventions; pre and post tutoring to evidence progress and impact, precision teaching, and paired reading; these are delivered 1:1. Through our use of evidence based paired reading we have seen 2 years progress over 12 weeks for some pupils. Precision teaching has been effective where other interventions have failed.
Our pupil mentor works with children weekly either on an individual or small group basis (1:6). She sets a target with the child/children and works with them for 6 weeks. The target is shared with class adults and lunchtime team so the child/children can be ‘spotted’ working on their development area.
Every morning we have all teachers and attending students complete a ‘reading aloud’ activity. Some students choose to read aloud; lots don’t choose to. We record on a sheet who does choose to read. If students don’t want to read, they are able to sit and doodle/colour in mandalas etc.
We use a whole class assessment to identify needs. This provides a holistic framework; created and put on our assessment tool (Classroom monitor), for children who show limited progress; highlighted via monitoring systems, to address reasons why.
Reading Recovery is ending in Birmingham in July as the teacher lead is retiring. We are still going to offer this type of provision to pupils on role at Red Hill using trained staff. We look at whole, school teacher assessment. We identify anyone working below ARE for reading, not just SEN.
These relaxation sessions are provided for children who find transition from home to school in the mornings tricky but also for children wo are anxious or stressed because of something that is happening in their lives at the moment. The sessions are held in the school community room and we have cushions and soft lighting as well as relaxing music.