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What the SRP provides for pupils with Cognition and Learning needs
The aim of the Cognition and Learning aspect of the SRBP is to, (as well as appropriately fully include and support any child with Cognition and Learning needs throughout every aspect of school life), to additionally:
- promote their independence skills and self-advocacy,
- provide them with additional and alternative learning experiences appropriate to their needs,
- enable access to specialist input from a Cognition and Learning Specialist Teacher, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy, according to their individual needs identified on their EHCP.
- Provide supported mainstream experiences and independent mainstream experiences also.
We have a very experienced team of qualified and well trained teaching assistants, who meet the needs of the pupils and support them to reach their full potential. Their work is planned by the class teacher in conjunction with the Cognition and Learning Specialist Teacher and Learning Service, as well as health professionals, including Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, all in accordance with the Outcomes and Targets on their Education Health Care Plan.
These professionals, both medical and educational, also provide training and advice for school staff.
The Teaching Assistants, under the direction of Class Teachers and the Cognition and Learning Specialist Teacher, follow the programmes set by these professionals within school to ensure the very best outcomes for the children they support.
A range of approaches to promote communication are used at Reculver C.E. Primary School including PECS, Makaton, BSL, Visual cues, Communication Books, Speech Link, Language Link, I Can Learn and Language for Learning.
Staff at Reculver C.E. Primary School work closely together to differentiate, adapt the curriculum and create bespoke interventions to ensure inclusion of all children. We are currently able to assess a pupil’s individual progress by breaking down the curriculum in small manageable steps using Early Steps B-Squared (in Early Years) and P Scales (From Year 1 to Year 6.) In 2018 we are migrating to the B-Squared system linked to the current curriculum to evidence small step progress across the curriculum for those pupils for whom we are not able to evidence age appropriate progress.
Following the publication of the Rochford Review final Report, the school will be following its recommendations closely and additionally move towards assessment of pupils against the following 7 aspects of Cognition and Learning when appropriate:
There are a wide range of resources available to meet the needs of each pupil. Resources include a Safe Space, “The Ark” – a room that is fully equipped with a range of resources and developmental activities to promote learning through multi sensory activities, fine and gross motor skills, life skills, proprioception and sensory processing activities. “The Haven” accommodates a fully equipped, accessible kitchen, including seating around a farmhouse style table facilitating the development of Life Skills as one of its purposes. Two therapy pods provide a quiet, small uncluttered space for focussed work with one or two pupils and one adult. These are particularly useful for work on individual Speech and Language targets. A Care Suite is on site including a hoist, changing bed, shower and height adjustable sink.
Pupils have access to a range of technology including IPad to promote and engage in learning experiences.
A qualified Speech therapist is resident in school one day a week to oversee the Speech and Language therapy for the pupils in the SRBP who have this need identified on their EHCP.
There is also a similar arrangement with an Occupational Therapist who attends the school weekly.