SEND provision is provided firstly through reasonable adjustments in all classes. All classrooms, have alphabets, numberlines and a variety of ‘tablemats’ to aid spelling or skills. B/D cards are available, and overlays are provided as standard. Coloured exercise books and worksheets are provided.
In order to promote parental engagement for the families of SEND pupils, the SENCO organised a coffee and cake event with a difference. External agencies were invited to attend and set up a stall in the school hall.
During Specialist Dyslexia Support the TA working 1:1 with a pupil who struggles with phonics, used the ‘Alphabet Arc’ to help the child wordbuild/soundblend words with the focus phoneme – the letters of the alphabet were arranged in a ‘rainbow’ style on a large whiteboard.
In order to ensure high quality provision for all pupils and those with SEND, this school has demonstrated a commitment to providing teachers with high quality CPD to empower them to become teachers of SEND.
Our school practice, where children are still struggling to make progress in Year 3, is to use the basic dyslexia screening test, particularly where there may be a specific learning difficulty of a dyslexic nature. Through this process, we develop a clearer profile of the child’s areas of strengths and difficulty.