SEND Department

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at The Elland Academy

The Elland Academy SEND team is a friendly, dedicated and experienced team that works together to ensure the individual needs of all our students are met through a highly personalised curriculum and programme of support. Our aim is to ensure every single student achieves their potential.

Personalised Learning

Personalised learning is at the very heart of SEND support at The Elland Academy. Information gathering about students’ needs starts at the point of referral. Once an offer is made every student is allocated a Personal Learning Advocate (PLA) and further information is gathered from the referring school, this includes specific triggers and strategies which have been successful in the past. On entry students are initially based in our Achieve Zone to allow for a staged integration into the Academy. This enables the student to get to know their PLA and Academy staff and for initial baseline assessments to be carried out. A personalised student profile is created and shared with all staff to ensure they are all aware of each individual student’s needs.

Following the baseline assessments an appropriate personalised curriculum is put into place. The students’ initial timetable may be adapted as needed with specific interventions and specific support put into place.

Interventions

The Elland Academy in itself is a high level intervention with the provision that is in place as wave 1, being in line with Wave 2 and 3 at mainstream Schools and Academies.

All interventions are for a set period of time, usually 6-8 weeks. At the beginning of the intervention outcomes are identified based on information gathered through detailed assessments and observations. These outcomes are recorded on the intervention impact sheet and work is evidence throughout intervention work books. Half way through the intervention a mid point review takes place and at the end of the intervention a judgement is again made and progress is reviewed. The intervention either ceases, is extended or an alternative programme is identified. The appropriateness of interventions is monitored throughout and will be changed if needed.

Every half term, the SENCo and Intervention Lead analyses the data for each student and identifies any students who are not making progress. Through discussions with teaching staff specific needs may be identified and interventions put into place.

The Intervention Lead and SENCo uses an Excel based tracking system to monitor student progress and to allow the impact of interventions to be tracked, monitored and reported on.

Interventions in Place for SEN Students

The Academy is committed in raising attainment for all its students including those with SEND needs. Different intervention programmes have been put in place to best meet student needs and are planned in wave 1, wave 2 and wave 3 levels. These are:

Quality first teaching (Wave 1)

There is an expectation at the Academy that all Teachers plan and deliver highly differentiated lessons to ensure access for all students. This is monitored through a rigorous QA process. The SEND department also provides targeted training to ensure strategies are in place for all needs in the Academy. All staff have access to student’s individual learning profiles which give specific strategies to use with specific students. The students are rigorously assessed using various tests to ensure they are accessing an appropriate curriculum.

Personalised Curriculum

A personalised curriculum is offered to students with various learning needs that find the standard curriculum difficult to access. This may include access to therapeutic sessions, time in reflection, sessions with a different year group or 1:1 intervention sessions.

Numeracy Intervention

This is designed to meet the needs of students who are not making adequate progress in Maths. The SEND team works with the lead teacher of Maths, along with analysis of data from assessments to identify students who require this support. Numicon is currently being delivered by the lead teacher of Maths. The SEND team and lead Teacher of Maths are working together to ensure Numicon becomes embedded within lessons and within the Maths schemes of work.

Literacy Intervention

These interventions are designed to meet the needs of students who are not making adequate progress in English. The SEND team works with the lead Teacher of English, along with analysis of data from assessments to identify students who require this support. Students with concerning baseline data are further assessed by the SEND team to ensure need is accurately targeted.

Literacy Interventions include Skills Teach, Precision Teaching, Active Literacy, Lifeboats and Reading Comprehension skills.

Social Skills and Emotional Well Being

This programme is designed to meet the needs of students with various emotional needs. There are different cohorts identified and are supported in Reflection by experienced personnel to go through set programmes to give them the best strategies to cope. These include: Social skills, Emotional well-being and Anger management. All students have access to their PLA, including a chance to connect over breakfast and a daily from group. Students are able to discuss issues that affect them with their Personal Learning Advocate (PLA) and individual students, identified by the SENCo, complete a set of sessions designed to support them through the challenges that they face.

The Academy works with a range of Educational psychologists, Clinical psychologists, Clinical psychotherapists and Educational psychotherapists. The SEND team works with the pastoral team to identify students who may need this higher level of support and co-ordinates referrals.

The Achieve Zone

'TAZ' is an area within the Academy that provides a nurturing environment for new and existing students. On admission all new students are based within 'TAZ' to ease their transition and to complete baseline assessments. These are vital in identifying individual needs and ensuring a personalised learning plan is implemented within the Academy. Sometimes existing students may experience difficulties and will utilise this area to complete a restart program. During this time students work with key staff to overcome barriers to learning.

Useful Links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-code-of-practice-0-to-25

http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

http://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

http://www.leedssendiass.co.uk/

http://wakefield.mylocaloffer.org/Home

http://www.kias.org.uk/

Interventions offered at TEA are attached below in the PDF Wave document.

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