Welcome to the Westbury Park SEN page.
New SEN Code of Practice (2014)
SEN at Westbury Park
The legislation regarding SEN now takes a graduated approach (see the graduated response diagram). School Action and School Action Plus are no longer used as ways of categorising SEND.
Education Health Care Plans
Children who currently have a Statement of SEN will, over the course of the next three years, be moved to a new Education Health Care Plan (EHCP); these are for children who require a higher level of support, often with a learning support assistant, sometimes one to one, sometimes in small groups.
In order to be issued an EHCP children usually need to have had several months of additional support already and they also need to have been assessed by specialists for specific learning difficulties; their needs will be more complex and longer term, sometimes due to a diagnosed condition, such as autism.
Waves of support
The government's National Strategies programme defined the type of intervention schools make to help children with their learning in terms of three "waves'. Although the new Code of Practice refers instead to a graduated response, it may still be useful to think of support in these waves:
Wave 1 (the bottom layer of the graduated response pyramid)
Wave 1 sets out what should be on offer to all children: the effective inclusion of all pupils in high-quality everyday personalised teaching. Such teaching will, for example, be based on clear objectives that are shared with the children and returned to at the end of the lesson; careful explanation of new vocabulary; use of lively, interactive teaching styles and maximum use of visual and kinaesthetic as well as auditory/verbal learning. Approaches like these are the best way to reduce the number of children who need extra help with their learning or behaviour.
Wave 2 (the middle layer of the graduated response pyramid)
Wave 2 describes targeted small-group intervention for pupils who can be expected to catch up with their peers. Examples of intervention schemes include the Read Write Inc literacy programme, Nessy Learning and Numicon for maths.
Wave 2 intervention is designed for children for whom a well structured short- term programme, possibly delivered by a teaching assistant working with a teacher, is all that is needed to enable them to make accelerated progress.
Wave 3 (the upper layers of the graduated response pyramid)
Wave 3 is about intervention for children for whom Wave 1 teaching and Wave 2 catch-up programmes are not enough. A more intensive programme may be needed, involving more individual support or specialist expertise.