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Alexandra Primary School

 

SEND Information

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Our SEND Information report details Alexandra Primary School’s approach to identifying and responding to SEN which is informed by the Special educational needs and disability code of practice 2015. You may also wish to refer to our school’s Accessibility policy and Equalities statement, which can be found on the Policies page.  

If you have concerns about your child’s progress or would like to discuss whether your child may need additional support, please contact your child’s class teacher or the school SENCO. 

Parents and Carers may also wish to consult the Achieving for Children Local Offer. This provides all of the information to support families in Kingston to find out what is available for them and their child.  

Please click here or see below to learn more about the SEND offer at Alexandra Primary School. 

Enhanced Special Teaching Arrangement (ESTA) and Specialised Resourced Provision (SRP)
Under the Local Offer, Alexandra Primary School has a more formal SEN provision from Nursery to Y2 known as the Enhanced Specialist Teaching Arrangement (ESTA), which supports a number of pupils with moderate learning needs, including physical disability and medical needs and occasionally those whose cognitive profile is uncertain. Children in the ESTA are based in their mainstream classroom benefitting from teaching from the class teacher alongside interventions as identified in their Education and Health Care plan (EHCP). We have an ESTA Manager who works with our SENCO to help to deliver this provision.

 

 

 

 

  

From Y3 to Y6 we have a Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP). Children in the SRP spend part of their day in the base classroom, the Beehive, taught by our SRP Teacher in Charge, and part of the day in their mainstream classroom supported by a Learning Support Assistant and taught by their mainstream class teacher.

Our ESTA and SRP are currently supporting children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), hearing and vision impairments and various other conditions. 

Catherine Walton, Beehive teacher

 In the Beehive, we support children on their learning journey through KS2. The Beehive is a happy and positive environment where the children are provided with an engaging, knowledge rich curriculum and daily opportunities to practise key skills.  Our staff work closely with the children and as a result, we get to know them really well and provide them with individualised support that builds on their strengths and meets their needs.  Every day is different in the Beehive and that is why I love it!

Therapies

Children in the ESTA and SRP receive regular, onsite Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  The level and frequency of support is dependent on the specific provision detailed in the child’s EHCP.

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps children to achieve or maintain their level of independence so that they can lead full and happy lives and reach chosen goals. They do this by looking at the activities a child finds difficult and seeing if there is another way they can do the activity or specialist equipment they could use to support them. 

In the ESTA and SRP provision at Alexandra Primary School, OT supports school staff and families in helping pupils to reach their maximum potential in achieving everyday activities. This might include accessing learning, eating, dressing, playing and having fun. 

We look at a child’s:

  • Fine Motor Skills e.g. handwriting
  • Gross Motor Skills e.g. accessing outdoor play equipment
  • Sensory Processing e.g. concentrating on learning activities
  • Self-Care Skills e.g. getting changed for PE. 

 

Speech and Language Therapy works across two main areas: Speech, Language and Communication and Eating, Drinking and Swallowing. 
Speech, Language and Communication 

We aim to help pupils fulfil their communicative potential and promote language & communication skills within the classroom, wider school environment and home through promotion of:

  • Attention and listening skills e.g. their ability to focus on a task or activity
  • Understanding of language e.g. their ability to understand and follow instructions
  • Expressive language e.g. the words and sentences they say
  • Speech sound system e.g. the speech sounds they are using in their words and sentences
  • Social interaction e.g. how they are interacting and playing with others

 

Eating, Drinking and Swallowing 

We aim to maximise pupils’ safe eating, drinking and swallowing skills by:

  • Looking at a child’s oral skills and safety of their swallow when eating and drinking
  • Providing the necessary advice and guidance on strategies to manage any difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing e.g. position of the child or textures of food or drink.