Interventions and additional support

SEN

We constantly assess and target set every child. Through regular conversations within class teams , Key stage and with SLT , everyone then understands the needs of all children. Learning is personalised from relevant provision mapping and intervention planning.

‘At St Joseph’s, we live, love and learn by the example of Jesus.’

The SEN code of Practice 2014 states:

‘A pupil has SEN where their learning difficulty or disability calls for special educational provision, namely provision different from or additional to pupils of the same age’.

Interventions and additional support at St Josephs.

Interventions used to support children at various levels. These are used as standalone interventions, 1-1, small groups, class support or as clubs. These are evaluated half termly and assessed.

What are they?

Literacy

  • Lexia
  • Work Shark
  • Additional Phonics
  • Stride Ahead
  • Reading Interventions
  • Hi Five
  • Talk For Writing
  • Toe By Toe
  • Word Wasp
  • Stairway To Spelling
  • Lego Therapy
  • Speech And Language  – delivered by S&L therapists or from our own Speech Champion

Maths

  • Number Shark
  • Wave 3 Maths Box

Nurture – we run a Squirrels group 3 lunchtimes a week. Children share lunch together and focus on various activities from story sharing to puppet making.We also now run a nurture breakfast daily.

Rainbows – A bereavement programme that support children who are bereaved through death , loss or divorce .

Counselling, Art Therapy and Play Therapy provided by Hertfordshire services .

Sensory Activities – we have a sensory room that is used for various activities .

Sensory Circuits – Sensory circuits is used daily for several of our children who are autistic or have ADHD or Dyspraxia.

ISI – Intensive Social Interaction

Dough Disco – to support fine motor skills

  • Fine motor skills activities

Websites and Resources

Advance – Autism Support

Information and Support

Professionals, children adults and families can reach us for information or support via.

Telephone Helpline: 01727 833963

ADD-vance moves you from where you are to where you want to be.

E-mail: herts@add-vance.org

www.add-vance.org

Kidz hub

www.theowltherapycentre.co.uk – independent speech and language

Carers in Hertfordshire – supporting parents and carers of children with SEN – 01992 586969

HAND – free membership for parents/carers of a special needs child – membership can lead to concessions at many attractions, such as ZSL London Zoo, Butterfly World and many, many more. www.hertsdirect.org/hand or 01992 556984

Many more leaflets and much more information available from school.

Special Educational Needs And Disabilities Questionnaire Feedback

Wednesday 14th October 2015

Dear Parents & Carers,

Firstly I would like to thank you all for your support, not only towards your child’s learning but also towards a working partnership with the school. It is only together that we can ensure your child’s true potential can be realised. School is only a part of a child’s education and the work that you do at home not only with reading, spelling, homework but with life skills and experiences will only benefit your child. Without this work at home then your child won’t make as much progress. So thank you for the support.

For us as an SEN team to continue to move forward and ensure that we are not only giving our best to every child but to our families we recently sent out a brief questionnaire to 20 parents. This was to give us a greater insight into what is working and what could be better.SEN at St Josephs has changed dramatically over the last 18 months and we need to celebrate this but also to look at next steps to improve your child’s progress. From the 8 replies we received here is some of the feedback:

What works well:

  • The school understands my child and continues to think of ways forward with them.
  • Meetings with the teacher to discuss targets
  • Communication with staff when I feel concerned
  • “Everything. Thank you!”
  • “Home/school communication is amazing”.

Even better if:

  1. Some parents are still not clear about what interventions their child is receiving. These take two forms: 1. In class support through lessons, structured differentiation and group support in class. 2.Set interventions for specific needs or targets. All interventions that your child receives are set out on the Individual provision map that parents of children with SEN targets (old IEP) are given termly when they meet with the class teacher to review progress. These are then discussed in detail.
  2. Two meetings per term and not one. Even though the majority of you will usually meet the class teacher or SEN team more regular than this for varying reasons, we will act upon this and look at a possible change to 6 meetings a year. You will be informed when this change will begin.
September Meet The Teacher February Parent Consultation
October Parent Consultation April Target Review
December Target Review July Transition Meeting and Target Review

All the staff at St Joseph’s work extremely hard to deliver the best for every child in their care so that not only progress is made but that school is an amazing experience everyday. Please speak to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child.

Thank you for your support, hopefully you feel you are listened to as this feedback shows. I will be available during Parent Consultations if you have any questions regarding your child, interventions or SEN in general.

Please click on the link below to see where you can find help with bereavement counselling.

Child Bereavement UK