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Our SEND Provision
Alexandra is proud to offer a wholly inclusive education to pupils with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities. All our staff and pupils are inspired to support a positive approach to diversity and to accept and celebrate difference, with a vision of promoting equality and opportunity for all, and respect of others.
Our school has a strong principle of early identification and intervention for pupils who need extra help. This is put in place if a child is not meeting targets, even if a special educational need has not yet been fully identified for that child. This extra support will more often than not enable the pupil to catch up. Examples of our extra support services are specific intervention groups, focusing on an area of need, which work with small groups of children inside or outside the classroom. The school works closely with Occupational, Speech and Language and Physiotherapist teams, who are in our school on a regular basis and help to provide specialist therapy packages.
Enhanced Special Teaching Arrangement (ESTA) and Specialised Resourced Provision (SRP)
Under the Local Offer, Alexandra Primary School also 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, enabling such pupils to be fully included in our school. 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, 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.
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.
The therapists are:
- Susie Beaumont: Speech and Language Therapist
- Lisa Sorfleet: Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy (OT) helps children and young people to achieve or maintain their level of independence so that they can lead full and happy lives and reach chosen goals. Occupational therapists will do this by looking at the individual, their occupations (e.g. learning, playing, self-care) and the environment. 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 - We aim to help pupils fulfil their communicative potential and promote language & communication skills within the classroom, wider school environment and home.
We look at a child's:
- 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 and play 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
- We look at a child’s oral skills and safety of their swallow when eating and drinking
- We provide 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.