Supporting all Children at our School
At Crabtree, we welcome all children to our school and work with colleagues, parents and outside agencies where necessary, to ensure that all children have access to a curriculum that will allow them to achieve their full potential.
‘Special Educational Provision is education or training provision that is additional to, or different from that made generally for others of the same age.’
Children with special educational needs have learning differences that call for special provision to be made. All children may have special needs at some time in their lives. At Crabtree, we understand that introducing support for them as soon as possible is key for their success academically, socially and emotionally. Children will inevitably have challenging situations arise in their lives that can affect them such as long periods of illness; changes in their family circumstances; moving house; divorce or bereavement. We know that children respond to these situations differently and what happens to them could have an impact on their capacity to learn so we try to support families and work together with them to meet the children where they are at and help them achieve.
The progress of all our children is carefully monitored through our Provision Maps and an Assess/Plan/Do/Review model. If it is felt that a child has become vulnerable in their learning, for whatever reason, be it educational, physical, behavioural, emotional or social, they will be identified as having a specific need and provision will be adjusted then recorded on the Provision Map. If further provision is needed outside of what the school can offer, we will liaise with the appropriate external agencies in consultation with the parents.
Provision may simply be a slight change in the classroom including layout or approach or alternatively, it may be that they need extra support outside the classroom, either in a small group or one-to-one.
Specialist external advice is sought when the school requires specific expert strategies and recommendations to meet any child’s extra needs and we will be guided as a school to tailor provision accordingly. Any interventions can be temporary or long-term, depending on the needs of the child.
There are a number of extra provision programmes taking place in school detailed in the Local Offer which is published on the school website.
At Crabtree, we have a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo) who works across both the Infants and Junior schools as well as an Inclusion Higher Level Teaching Assistant, who works with individual children or with small groups delivering specialist intervention in the Infants. Our Teaching Assistants are also trained in a range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) interventions and specific academic programmes to deliver a variety of support for your children.
Sometimes a child will need a personalised curriculum where specific targets are identified and strategies noted to ensure that the child can progress and meet the targets set at their level. These are set up in collaboration between the class teacher, the SENDCo, parents and appropriate external agencies; they are reviewed regularly.
SEN Information Report 2021-22 can be found here
The Inclusion Policy can be found here
At Crabtree, all our lesson planning provides an environment for risk-taking and challenge within learning - where children aren’t afraid to make mistakes - as well as extension for our most able pupils. We encourage a Growth Mindset where children view mistakes as part of their learning journey and know that they can learn from it for next time. Our most able students are continually extended with a broader and more challenging approach to the curriculum so they can be stretched and become more inquisitive; this further nurtures and develops their love of learning.