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Granard Primary School

Cortis Road, Putney, London, SW15 6XA
Tel: 0208 788 3606, Fax: 0208 785 4515, Email: info@granard.wandsworth.sch.uk

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The SEN/EAL and Family Support Staff

Special Educational Needs and Disability Information

 

Granard Primary is an inclusive school with a strong commitment to meeting the needs of all our students.  All staff work together to ensure that lessons include a range of tasks and ways of working, and extra curricular activities are accessible to all students.  We also provide a range of additional support for students who have been identified as having a specific need.

 

Liz Murray and Monika Zielinska-Pietruszka, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators, work closely with teachers and specialists to co-ordinate provision and support for children across the school. Good working relationships are formed with outside agencies who provide a service for children with specific needs.  Such services include, Wandsworth Hearing Impaired Service, Speech and Language Therapy Service, Occupational Therapy Service, Garratt Park Advisory Service, 4 Children, Education Welfare Service,  B & LSS,  Brighter Futures, FRP,  Spurgeons and the School Nurse.

 

The SENCo maintains a Special Educational Needs Profile which is reviewed termly with class teachers and the need for further provision is discussed and mapped.  This enables us to identify children early for intervention programmes to be initiated.  The mapping of provision enables us to set targets for children who are identified at different levels of need, or have a statement, and these are shared with parents termly.  From this, we are also able to monitor the progress of the children and adapt the interventions as necessary.

At Granard, we have two full-time SEN Teaching Support workers, Karen Doswell and Ashkhen Ovakimian, who work with children across the Key Stages.  We also have two teachers, Rachel Busby and Jenine Cleverdon, who deliver a thorough Reading Recovery programme, designed to support children in Years 1 and 2.  We are also fortunate to have a Learning Support Unit which is effectively organised by two full-time Learning Mentors, Caroline Chick and Caroline Partridge.  Through their provision, support is offered to children and families, helping them to access all the learning opportunities at Granard.  Further information regarding the type of support provided is listed below.

 

We have a great team of Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants who are very experienced and have regular training opportunities.  They work closely with teachers to ensure that individual learning needs are met.  All classes have a Teaching Assistant for the morning lessons to support children in small groups.  Although we believe that all children with special educational needs should be fully integrated into mainstream mixed ability classes, there may be a time when, depending on circumstances and need, an individual pupil or group of pupils may be taken out of class for extra support.

 

Learning Support Assistants work with identified children with statements and they work towards providing a curriculum according to the children’s needs.

 

At Granard Primary we acknowledge the changes stipulated in the new SEND Code of Practice (September 2014), and are committed to adapting our processes accordingly.  Our SEN policy will be reviewed in January 2015, once the changes and practices have been consolidated.

 

 

Provision offered at Granard

 

As a school we are mindful of and comply with the LA Expectation of Schools, which outlines the key ways pupils should be supported in class, along with expected equality duties shown in the school’s Single Equality and Disability Equality policies and our access arrangements, as shown in the school’s Accessibility Plan.  This document shows the full range of specific targeted support we give identified pupils to address their additional needs.  Different interventions and approaches are used to address specific areas and we would look carefully at your child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support your child and which of the interventions to use.

 

All interventions and approaches included in this document have been shown to have a positive impact on pupils’ learning.  Below is a list of interventions we offer to support our children who require specific support.  This is subject to change and is adapted regularly depending on the area of need at the time.

 

If you have any queries relating to the type of support we use in school, please contact Liz Murray.

 

Literacy

 

Literacy Programme

What is it?

Group size and how often?

Who delivers the programme?

Reception : Additional Reading Support

Additional reading support

1:1 three times a week

 

Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

 

KS1 and 2 : Letters and Sounds Catch Up Sessions

Additional phonics sessions to reinforce the main class programme

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

KS1 and 2 : Rapid Phonics

 

Additional Phonics programme designed to revise previously taught but misunderstood concepts of phonics

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

Class Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

KS1 : Reading Recovery

 

A specific reading programme to boost reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension

 

1:1 support daily

Rachel Busby or Jenine Cleverdon

KS1 and 2 : Toe-by-Toe Reading Scheme

 

A reading programme to support children in applying their phonic knowledge to blending whole words/sentences

 

1:1 support daily

Ashkhen Ovakimian or LSA’s

KS1 and 2 : Volunteer Reading Helpers

 

Trained adults support individuals with their reading

 

1:1 twice a week

Volunteers to Granard

KS1 and 2 : Additional Literacy Support

Small group support offered for reading, writing, handwriting and spelling

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Teaching Assistants, Parveen Sheikh,  Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

 

Year 2 and KS2 : Literacy Support Service

 

 

Specific focus on reading, comprehension and writing support

 

1:1 support once a week - 45 minutes

Qualified teacher for specific literacy difficulties, Audrey Bateman

KS2 : Specific Literacy Difficulties Support

Small group support for children with specific difficulties with literacy

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Joanne O’Driscoll

KS2 : Rapid Read

 

A reading programme for children who need a boost with their reading accuracy and comprehension

 

1:1 support twice a week

Teaching Assistants or Learning Support Assistants

 

Numeracy

 

Numeracy Programme

What is it?

Group size and how often?

Who delivers the programme?

Reception, KS1 and 2 : Additional Numeracy Programme

Revision of maths concepts taught in class which the child has misunderstood

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Teaching Assistant, Karen Doswellor Ashkhen Ovakimian

Reception, KS1 and 2 : Numicon

 

A hands-on maths programme to aid basic maths concepts

 

Either 1:1 or 1:3 - three times a week

Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

KS1 and 2 : Spiral Maths

 

A catch-up programme designed to fill in the gaps in the child’s understanding

 

1:1 support three times a week

Teaching Assistant

 

Speech and Language

 

Speech and Language Programme

What is it?

Group size and how often?

Who delivers the programme?

 

EYFS, KS1 and 2 : Additional Support  to Meet SALT Targets

 

 

Specific support to meet the targets set by the speech and language therapist

 

1:1 two/three times a week

Jenine Cleverdon, Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

EYFS, KS1 and 2 : Chatterbox

 

A programme to support children’s expressive, processing and receptive language

 

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Teaching Assistants, Karen Doswell or Ashkhen Ovakimian

KS1 and 2: Talkabout Group

 

A programme to promote children’s identity and expressive language

 

1:3 twice a week

Ashkhen Ovakimian

Lego Therapy

 

A programme to support children with their thinking of language, comprehension and expression

 

1:3 once a week

Joanne O’Driscoll or LSA’s

 

Social Skills and Well-Being

 

Programme

What is it?

Group size and how often?

Who delivers the programme?

Shine Again: Psychotherapy

 

A therapeutic approach to managing feelings and emotions

 

1:1 for 45 minutes once a week

Psychotherapist from Shine Again

Marlborough Project

 

Parents and their children are supported to explore their relationships and interactions by a clinical psychologist

 

Maximum of eight families

Tennyson Miller, Caroline Chick and Caroline Partridge

Educational Psychologist : Bruce Eglinton

 

An educational psychologist’s perception and understanding of how and why a child finds learning/behaving difficult.  Bruce will consult with staff and parents

 

One day a week

Bruce Eglinton

Walking Bus

 

A pick-up from home service to support children attending school on time

 

A maximum of 15 children are collected on a needs basis

Donna Sullivan and Jenine Cleverdon

Additional Swimming Sessions

 

Swimming sessions are offered to individuals who may need confidence building in the water

 

 

Maximum of three children in the pool.  Programme lasts until the child feels more confident in the water

 

Swimming staff

Nurture Group

 

An opportunity for children to explore their feelings through play

 

Maximum of eight children once a week for 45 minutes

Caroline Chick or Caroline Partridge

Family Group

 

An opportunity for parents and their children to develop their interactions through play

 

Maximum of eight families, once a week for 45 minutes

Caroline Chick and Caroline Partridge

Behaviour Management Mentoring

 

Children who are feeling vulnerable are monitored closely and given the opportunity to talk through their day and feelings

 

1:1 support offered throughout the day, every day

Caroline Partridge and Caroline Chick

Therapeutic Support

 

An opportunity for children to explore their emotions through shared work

 

1:1 for 45 minutes once a week

Caroline Chick

Lunch Club Support

Children are supported if they need help with making friends and learning to play fairly

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Caroline Chick and Caroline Partridge

Self-esteem Booster Group

Children are given the opportunity to explore their achievements in a safe environment

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Caroline Chick or Caroline Partridge

Behaviour Management Group

 

Children explore their triggers for not managing certain situations and problem solve different approaches

 

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Caroline Chick or Caroline Partridge

Role Model Group

 

Children are given the opportunity to acknowledge how they can be positive and influential leaders

 

 

The frequency of the programme and number of children in the group depends on the level of demand

 

Caroline Chick or Caroline Partridge

 

Where can you go for further advice and support?

 

  • The Wandsworth Parent Partnership Service (Information Advice Support Service for parents/carers of children with SEN/disability) provides an impartial and confidential service to all parents of children with SEND.  Visit their website at  https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/pps or telephone 020 8871 8061
  • The Wandsworth Information, Advice and Support Service works with the Council to improve all provision for children and young people with SEN and Disabilities aged 0 - 25.  If you want to get involved in influencing services visit their website at www.positiveparentaction.org.uk or telephone 020 8947 5260

 

More information about the Local Offer of services and support for children and young people with special needs and disabilities in Wandsworth can be found on the Family Information website at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/localoffer.  heir helpline is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday on 020 8871 7899

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