We recognize that pupils need both social outcomes and academic outcomes to lead as independent as lives as possible. As a school for pupils with a diagnosis of Autism, we have chosen School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support (SW-PBS) as a framework to prioritise teaching core social outcomes and alternatives to behaviours that could be challenging to mainstream settings.
The re-development of provision for learners who have high needs/SEN has been highly successful in the last few years with over 180 full time high needs learners each year. The introduction of work placements and greater independence training have provided young people attending the College with opportunities to ensure successful progression into adulthood.
1:1 support for a pupil with an EHCP at Secondary is unusual. They will most likely be the only child in their year group with specific support. The support might be in place due to a SpLD or diagnosis such as Aspergers. The key is finding good quality support: someone who will ensure that their pupil doesn't feel any different to other pupils in their class.
Social stories are invaluable for SEND learners who thrive on routine where a change is unavoidable, imminent or necessary.
For example, a fire drill, although rehearsed and practised, is still an abnormal occurrence and will usually cause high anxiety. A social story was created for SEND learners with high anxiety levels within our school to ensure that fire drills could be managed safely, calmly and without causing unnecessary distress.
On our school website we have our ‘Local Offer’ for parents to access and read. I was very aware for some of our parents there was far too much information on this document. I have created a parents leaflet that summarises our local offer and makes it more accessible to all parents. This was shared at the most recent Coffee Morning and encouraged parents to look on our website if they wanted to look at the more in-depth version.
We use ‘Chatty Maths’ with our younger classes in school. This works well as an inclusive starter to the day as children can contribute at their own level. Initially the EYFS children were asked what maths they had come across before school.
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.
Since qualification and the completion of the dyslexia module within this course I have gained a great deal of information and knowledge that has given me a deeper understanding of what is involved in gathering information and delivering specialised interventions successfully.
We use the ‘Switch on to Reading’ scheme to accelerate progress within reading. Children selected are identified as having difficulties with learning to read using phonic strategies and are therefore working below their expected level. Sessions are on a 1:1 basis, last 30 minutes and are carried out every day.