As many of you may already know, we have recently been setting up a new system in school to closely support any children who have special educational needs, are in receipt of pupil premium funding or are simply receiving some targeted provision or support which may give them a short term ‘boost’ in specific areas. Many parents received letters regarding this provision in November 2016.
We are fully committed to identifying the specific needs of children early and making sure they have the correct support. We have a new tool in school that the teachers and teaching assistants are using to monitor and review any specific provision children are getting, as well as the progress they are making towards their targets. This is in the form of a learning plan.
This learning plan will be shared with you at the upcoming parents evening if your child is receiving any targeted provision, so that you can see clearly the targets your child is working towards and provision your child may be receiving. All children in school now have specific individual targets to support them in their learning and the learning plans run alongside these where we feel there is need for any additional support.
There are many benefits to this new system we have set up and some of these are outlined below:
Children have greater ownership over their own learning
Earlier intervention of need is identified and support put in place to tailor this to the specific child
All children are challenged at their own level
The school are following the statutory assess-plan-do-review guidance of the SEND Code of Practice 2015
The gaps in progress are closed early so that children can learn alongside their peers.
The individual needs of children are considered and a personalised approach adopted. We realise there is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach for supporting the needs of children.
We are fully committed to an inclusive ethos at Otford Primary School, where all children are challenged and supported in their learning to make good progress from whatever level they are working at. Please do not be concerned if your child has a learning plan and is not on the SEN register or in receipt of pupil premium funding; this simply means we have identified an area where your child would benefit from a short term ‘boost’ or can offer a specific type of provision which may be beneficial to them or help them to achieve their targets. This is a positive approach which reflects our commitment to supporting each child as an individual to achieve their goals. Should you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Erin Walker (Inclusion Manager).
Mrs H Roberts and Miss E Walker