Easington Colliery Primary School is an inclusive school offering a range of provision for children with special educational needs. The following lists only portray a range of the provision on offer at ECPS. This list continuously changes in line with new advice and guidance from outside agencies.
A range of the support on offer is listed below;
Supporting children with Cognition and Learning Difficulties
In order to meet the needs of all learners and utalise our resources to the best of our ability we have year groups organized into sets for English and Maths and in some year groups for Reading. These arrangements enable focused teachimg groups where all learning can be pitched to meet the children’s needs. Support staff are allocated to these groups linked to vulnerable groups and children’s needs. Within all sets, teaching and learning is planned to meet the needs of all learners. A range of VAK activities will be planned and quality first teaching strategies considered and planned for to get the best outcomes for all.
Strategies to support/develop literacy (including reading) and Numeracy
- Ambitious targets created based upon accurate and regular assessments
- High quality marking and feedback
- Ability group teaching used where appropriate/necessary
- Teaching Assistants targeted to need
- Additional one-to-one and small group boosting (e.g., before school during breakfast)
- Differentiated teaching of phonics (RWI) throughout the whole school
- Phase Leaders monitor progress of all pupils in their Phase through Pupil Progress Meetings and reports back to Senior Leaders on proposed additional provision is put in place
- Home access to Education City, Lexia, IXL Maths, IDL and special iapps
Access to a supportive environment – ICT facilities/equipment/resources (including preparation)
- Specific resources for SEN children (e.g. Clicker 5, Lexia)
- IPads available in all Phases
- Access to Apps that support children with poor motor skills
- Access to range of services such as Educational Psychologists, CAMHS, speech and language,
- All staff are trained in using Radio Aid equipment for children with hearing impairment.
Supporting children with Communication and Interaction Difficulties
At Easington Colliery Primary School we identify that children enter our provison with lower than average speech and language skills. In order to support our children we have commited funding to a speech and language therapy contract. This enables our SENCo, Laura Smith, to allocate the therapist’s case load and also offers class teacher’s, support staff and parents weekly access to speech and language advice. This is in addition to the support given by the NHS. This ensures that all children regardless of their level of need can be seen quickly for assessment.
- Weekly Speech and Language Team input
- Staff trained to deliver speech and language programmes through the ELKAN programme
- Purchase and good use of “Speechlink” (web based tool) in Foundation stage and Key Stage 1. This is both a diagnostic tool and teaching tool
- BLAST intervention programme
- Talk Boost intervention programme
- Inclusion Manager liaises with speech and language services on a regular basis
- Several support staff are Makaton trained (sign to support speech).
Supporting Children with Social Emotional Mental Health needs
- Place2Talk (offers a listening service for individuals and groups who have friendship/self esteem issues)
- Place2Be offers 1 to 1 counselling services for children with particular emotional difficulties or for those suffering family trauma
- Circle time in class takes place on a regular basis
- Personal and social education covers all aspects of emotional and social development
- Staff are flexible in responding to issues as and when they arise (e.g. friendship problems, issue on playground, self-esteem issues
- Homophobic bullying scheme of work established in all year groups
- Anti-bullying strategies well established
- Children involved in vision, values and the Classroom Consequences and promoted throughout school
- Social stories
- Social Skills programmes such as Pace to Talk, Time to Talk, Circle Time, Socially Speaking
- Some children in school have access to our Enhanced Mainstream Provision for children with ASC
Supporting Children with Sensory and Physical Difficulties
These pupils may have;
A medical or genetic condition which may impact on their learning or life in school. Such needs can affect gross and fine motor skills; visual or hearing impairment; the ability to access the curriculum, without adaptation; physical access to the school building or equipment; over-sensitivity to noise / smells / light / touch / taste and issues with toilet / self-care.
At ECPS we offer a range of support to meet the needs of children with physical and sensory difficulties;
- Fine and Gross Motor Groups
- Its in the Bag Fine Motor Programme
- Dough Disco
We also have access to a Sensory Room in school which we use on a daily basis with children with a range of needs.
Pastoral Support at Easington Colliery Primary School
- “Meet and Greet” for all parents and children by staff before and after school with staff on the yard
- Free Breakfast Club available for all children
- Staff relationships with children are excellent
- Parent Support Advisor available and very proactive
- Place2Be accessible for parents
- Place2Be provide parent sessions
- Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher accessible on a regular basis
- New to class meetings
- New parents shown round school (usually by Head Teacher)
- Transition programmes
- Key worker and registration teacher identified to support
- Parent workshops held on a regular basis
- Regular coffee mornings
- Promotion of homework projects that support parents and children working together.
- Lunchtime supervisors provide a wide range of structured activities at lunchtime to make this time a positive experience
- Facebook and website well used to publicise all events.