Miss Hull is the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) at Damson Wood Nursery and Infant School. If you have any concerns about your child's needs, please get in touch and a time can be arranged to discuss these either by:
- Phone on 0121 705 8652
- Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Hull is responsible for the operation of the Special Educational Needs Policy and co-ordination of specific provision made to support individual children with SEND. Miss Hull liaises with staff to monitor the pupil’s progress and plan further interventions where progress is slower than expected. She regularly has contact with a wide range of external agencies that are able to give more specialised advice such as:
- Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
- Autism Team
- Speech and Language
- Educational Psychologist
- Communication and Learning Difficulties
- Early Years Support
How are children with SEND supported?
At Damson Wood, we strive to support all children to enable them to achieve at school. In order to do this many steps are taken to support them through their learning journey. Quality teaching is vital; however, for some children there are occasions when further additional support may be needed to help them achieve their targets. We strive to ensure that all pupils are included in all aspects of school life and are supported to have the best experiences we can provide.
Wave 1: Wave 1 is good quality, inclusive teaching which takes into account the learning needs of all the children in the classroom. This includes providing differentiated work and creating an inclusive learning environment.
Wave 2: Wave 2 outlines specific, additional and time-limited interventions provided for some children who are falling behind the age expected level. Wave 2 interventions are often targeted at a group of pupils with similar needs.
Wave 3: Wave 3 is targeted provision for a small percentage of children who either require a high level of additional support/specialised provision in order to address their needs or is for children who have been identified for an intervention designed to accelerate progress.
Some pupils may be involved in intervention groups which may take place outside the classroom. These will be planned and monitored by the class teacher and delivered by a teaching assistant. They may be used to address gaps in learning, misconceptions, or to teach a specific skill or concept in a smaller group. Any pupil identified as needing specific support may be included in an intervention group for a planned period of time. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Social Skills
- Write from the Start
- Print like a Pro
- Additional one to one reading
What specialist equipment is available to support children with SEND?
A range of equipment and resources are purchased throughout the year to support specific needs and these are usually recommended as part of advice received from the external professionals we work with. Some examples include:
- sensory/weighted cushions
- pencil grips
- task board
- word banks
- sloping boards
- wobble cushion
- yoga block
- fiddle toys