Deer Park School SEND Provision
Following early identification, children are supported in a variety of ways. In the classroom the curriculum is scaffolded allowing for different rates of progress. Some children have Individual Learning Targets set for them, which are reviewed every 6 weeks as per the ‘plan, do, review cycle’. These targets form the focus for class teachers, families and support staff to help children to make the best possible progress.
Our classrooms are intentionally calming. Backing boards are soft, natural colours and displays are purposeful and minimal to reduce cognitive overload. We incorporate many strategies into our whole class practice, such as visual timetables, calm corners, self-esteem reflection time, movement breaks, emotion coaching, Zones of Regulation and calming and alerting structured breaks.
We are deeply committed to supporting every child to reach their maximum potential and as a result, we maintain the highest expectations for all our children. Lessons are thoughtfully and creatively scaffolded to reflect the individual’s learning barrier so that every child can access the lesson and succeed in achieving the learning outcome.
Children may be supported in a variety of ways – this may be within the classroom, small groups or on a 1:1 basis depending on the individual need of the child. Some children might be supported with task planners, writing solution software, visual checklists or lesson journeys. They are supported by an experienced and enthusiastic team who receive regular training from our Deputy Inclusion Leader as well as external professionals, all dedicated to supporting children to thrive.
The school has strong links with outside agencies that can offer further advice and support. We also have access to advisory teachers and educational psychologists employed by the local authority.
Children with SEND progress best when there is a strong partnership between home and school. Regular meetings take place to monitor progress and discuss ways that families can support their child.
Parents and families are always welcome to discuss their child’s progress at any time during the year and a copy of the school’s policy for pupils with special educational needs is always available to provide further information.