SEN training from term 6
This term our support staff have had some expert training on supporting pupils with visual impairments. We had a specialist teacher come into school to give us strategies and advice to use in the classroom.
We have also been lucky enough to have training from an educational psychologist on Lego therapy. Four members of staff received this training and more will be trained in the new academic year. This is an intervention recommended for use with pupils with autism, anxiety and social communication difficulties. Lego therapy groups will be starting from the beginning of next term.
If any parents have any unwanted Lego we would be very grateful for donations.
At Drapers Mills Primary Academy we are constantly working towards being a fully inclusive school in every way. We work in close partnership with parents of children with special needs to ensure that each child receives a personalised education. Close links have also been maintained with outside agencies to allow us to access their expertise in and out of school and to ensure that we provide appropriate support for each child’s individual needs.
We believe that every child is unique and comes with their own individual needs. We strive to identify and remove barriers to learning to allow children to reach their true potential.
At Drapers we have a number of pupils with identified special educational needs (SEN) including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, speech and language disorders and global delay. Specialist advice is sought by school to ensure that we give the best support possible for individual children with complex special needs. In addition, staff here have been trained to identify the signs of common SEN and how best to support children with these needs in the classroom. Our staff have been trained to support children with a variety of additional needs including dyslexia, Autism spectrum disorders, dyspraxia and speech and language disorders. Wherever necessary we provide additional interventions for groups or individuals that are carefully tailored to fit the need.
Additional interventions such as speech and language, maths, literacy, social skills and coordination are provided for pupils with special needs. We are also incredibly lucky to have our own sensory room on site.
We are fortunate to have two fabulous designated teaching assistants for pupils with speech and language needs; Mrs Carol Taylor and Mrs Jo Prior. Mrs Prior and Mrs Taylor deliver support and interventions in the classrooms and in the sunshine room. The sunshine room is a quiet welcoming environment which the children love to visit.
Our rainbow room is an additional classroom that we provide for pupils with social, emotional and developmental difficulties. Miss Jayde Ellison and Miss Kristina Dally run this class. They have worked with outside agencies to provide a very specialist environment to enable their children to thrive. We are very happy to report that visits from professionals from outside agencies have frequently resulted for praise of our rainbow room.
This academic year we have seen pleasing progress with academic levels from our children with special needs. We are particularly proud of the fact that the gap is closing between the progress made by our children with SEN and their peers.
Drapers Mills has a full time Inclusion Manager (Miss Imogen Dinsmore) who has qualifications relating to speech and language and specific learning difficulties. Miss Dinsmore works alongside other agencies to ensure that pupils with special educational needs are appropriately supported. Parents who have concerns regarding the needs of their child are welcome to make an appointment to discuss these with Miss Dinsmore. To make an appointment simply speak to our lovely office staff in reception and they will book you in to Miss Dinsmore’s diary.