How we adapt the curriculum and learning environment for children & young people with SEN

A Melrose Learning Trust School

Children learn and develop in different ways and may need extra help and support at various points throughout their time at school. Some children, at some time in their school life may have additional or different needs and it may be that they will be on our SEND register for a short period or a long period of time. However, children’s needs will be reassessed regularly in order to ensure that the provision is suitable and supports every child’s development.

We adapt the curriculum and learning environment for pupils with SEN in a number of ways, depending on the nature of each child’s needs. Such strategies include:

Supporting children with Cognition and Learning Difficulties

  • Tasks for children are differentiated to meet their need
  • Children can record their work in a variety of ways
  • Referrals to appropriate professionals to gain advice and recommendations on how best to support the individual needs
  • Multi-sensory approaches to learning
  • Tasks broken down into manageable steps
  • Additional resources e.g. word banks, number squares, use of commercial schemes
  • Teaching activities to be adapted to the preferred learning style of the child, e.g. a multisensory, practical approach or use of visual cues

Strategies to support/develop literacy (including reading) and Numeracy

  • High quality marking and feedback
  • Teaching Assistants targeted to need
  • Additional one-to-one and small group work targeted to identified need
  • Targeted interventions to support specific difficulties
  • Differentiated teaching of phonics (Sounds Write) throughout the whole school
  • Class Teachers monitor progress of all pupils in their class through Pupil Progress Meetings with the Head Teacher
  • Home access to Mathletics, EdShed, Lexia and other educational apps

Access to a supportive environment – ICT facilities/equipment/resources (including preparation)

  • Specific resources for SEN children
  • iPads available in all classes
  • Access to Apps that support children with poor motor skills
  • Access to range of services such as Educational Psychologists, CAMHS, speech and language,
  • Appropriate staff training in order to meet specific needs

Supporting Children with Social Emotional Mental Health needs

  • Personal and social education such as SEAL covers aspects of emotional and social development for targeted children
  • Staff are flexible in responding to issues as and when they arise (e.g. friendship problems, issue on playground, self-esteem issues)
  • Individual behaviour systems/charts
  • We are Educate and Celebrate school which promotes tolerance and acceptance of sex, gender reassignment and sexual orientation
  • Anti-bullying strategies well established
  • We promote our school values of Friendship, Forgiveness, Hope, Thankfulness and Trust
  • Social stories

Supporting Children with Sensory and Physical Difficulties

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 Easington C of E Primary School we offer a range of support to meet the needs of children with physical and sensory difficulties;

  • Access to OT advice and support
  • Sensory friendly classrooms
  • Staff training on sensory programmes

Pastoral Support at Easington C of E Primary School

  • Breakfast Club and After School Clubs available for all children
  • Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher accessible on a regular basis
  • New parents shown around school
  • Transition programmes
  • Family Fridays
  • Celebration Worship for families
  • Whole school visits to St Mary’s Church
  • Many family events including Bacon Butty morning, Broth and Stottie afternoon, Coffee mornings, School Fairs, School Choir Concerts
  • After school events for children such as Cinema Evenings, Discos
  • 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

We believe that supporting all children to learn and participate in all aspects of school life is important. In addition to the formal requirements of the National Curriculum.

More details on how we adapt information, our environment and curriculum can be found in the Accessibility Plan which you can find in the School Policies section of our website.