Types of Support and Qualified Team
What types of support may be suitable and available for my child?
This really depends upon the nature of your child’s needs and difficulties with learning, but our education provisions will match the needs of the four broad areas of need as defined in the Revised Code of Practice 2014, Chapter 6-:
Communication and interaction
Cognition and learning
Social, emotional and mental health
Sensory and/or physical needs
At Sacred Heart we have a 3 tiered approach to supporting a child’s learning.
Tier 1 Mainstream - this is the quality first teaching your child will receive from her teachers which may include language friendly classroom resources and auxiliary aids to match learning needs such as a soundfield system to aid hearing loss. We do not have teaching assistants at Sacred Heart as our teachers go into targeted classes to give support. This means that whilst there is less provision of time spent with a young person in class, the pupil does have the opportunity of being supported by a teacher.
Medical Needs:If your child has a medical need our School Nurse will have a Health Care Plan in place; and staffs are regularly updated with epi pen training and made aware of pupils who need to use an asthma inhaler or a diabetic pump. The nurse can be contacted by e mail and is in school twice a week. We have 12 staff from teaching and administration trained in First Aid.
Tier 2 Targeted - post observations and Individual Pupil Monitoring (IPM’s) it may be appropriate to consider making additional short term special educational provision to remove or reduce any obstacles to your child’s learning. This takes the form of a graduated four part approach of
a) assessing and understanding your child’s needs
b) planning with you and your child the most effective and appropriate intervention,
c) providing this intervention and
d) reviewing the impact on your child’s progress towards individual learning outcomes.
Tier 3 Specialist – it may be necessary to seek specialist advice and regular long term support from a specialist professional in or outside the school in order to plan for the best possible learning outcomes for your child.
This may include our school counsellor, our school nurse or perhaps tri borough services such as educational psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy or the child development service and CAMHS. (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service.)
The school may need to prioritise referrals to these services. For a very small number of pupils access to these specialists may be through a Statement of SEN or an EHC Plan.
At Sacred Heart we believe that your child’s learning needs will be met first through the high quality teaching and differentiation delivered by the teachers in mainstream classrooms.
Whole school staff training for SEN takes place three times a year in order for staff to become further skilled at responding to different needs in their classrooms. Sometimes pupils themselves have accrued out this training.
The school is able to access training programmes from different organisations including the tri-borough training and outreach team based at QE2 School.
Individual training and mentoring is also arranged when a member of staff is working with pupils in in areas such as mentoring or coaching.