Class teacher input through excellent classroom teaching
For your child this would mean that
The teacher has the highest possible expectations for your child and all pupils in their class.
All teaching is built on what your child already knows, can do and can understand.
Different ways of teaching are in place, so that your child is fully involved in learning in class. This may involve things like using more practical learning.
Specific strategies are in place to support your child to learn.
Your child’s teacher will have carefully checked on your child’s progress and will have decided that your child has a gap or gaps in their understanding or learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress. This might involve interventions which may be:
Organised in the classroom or elsewhere in school.
Organised by a teacher or a teaching and learning assistant (TLA).
Specialist groups run by outside agencies, e.g. Speech and Language therapy
This means a pupil has been identified by the SENCO and class teacher as needing some extra specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:
Local Authority central services, such as the Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Outreach Team, Behaviour Support Team or Sensory Service (for children with a hearing or visual need).
Outside agencies such as the Education Psychology Service (EPS).
You may be asked to give your permission for the school to refer your child to a specialist professional, e.g. a Speech and Language Therapist or Educational Psychologist. This will help the school and you to understand your child’s particular needs better and be able to support them more effectively in school.
The specialist professional will work with your child to understand their needs and make recommendations as to the way your child is given support.
Specified Individual support
This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are severe, complex and lifelong.
This is provided via an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This means your child will have been identified, by professionals, as needing a particularly high level of individual and small-group teaching.
This type of support is available for children with specific barriers to learning that cannot be overcome through intervention groups.
Your child may also need specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:
Local Authority central services such as the ASD Outreach Team, Behaviour Support or Sensory Service (for students with a hearing or visual need).
Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) Service.
For your child this would mean
The school (or you) can request that the Local Authority carry out a statutory assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child.
After the request has been made to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child’s needs are complex enough to need a statutory assessment. If this is the case, they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child’s needs. If they do not think your child needs this, they will ask the school to continue with the current support.
After the reports have all been submitted, the Local Authority will decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong. If this is the case, they will write an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If this is not the case, they will ask the school to continue with the current level of support. They will also set up a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place that will enable your child makes as much progress as possible.
The EHCP will outline the number of hours of individual/small group support your child will receive from the LA and how the support should be used. It will outline what strategies must be put in place and will have long-term and short-term goals for your child.
The additional adult may be used to support your child with whole class learning, individual programmes or small groups that include your child.