At The New School, we aim to cater for the needs of all children in our care. In order to fulfil this aim, we recognise that some pupils may, at times, require additional support.
The school currently provides one hour, per class, per week of small group learning support with our own Learning Support teacher.
We are also fortunate to be able to call on the expertise of a variety of consultants and specialists should the need arise, (Educational Psychologist, Speech/language therapist, Occupational Therapist etc.) In order to provide continuity throughout the school, the process is overseen by the school’s Learning Support Coordinator.
At present individual teaching and intervention from outside consultants is paid for by parents.
Our learning support programme is called 5 Steps to Success and is outlined below. It is overseen by the child’s class teacher and learning support teacher, in consultation with the child and their parents/carers.
4 Steps to Success
Step 1: In class strategies
If the class teacher is concerned that a child is displaying slight difficulties in a particular area, they will support the child in class by differentiating work or putting into place classroom strategies.
Step 2: Small group support with the Learning Support teacher
Should the class teacher feel that a period of greater support is needed; the child will be supported by having extra input from the Learning Support teacher within a small group.
Sessions will focus on specific targets established by the class teacher and will be timetabled during the school day at a suitable time for the child. Progress is monitored carefully and reviewed termly.
NB: For many children no further steps will be necessary)
Step 3: Focused 1:1 support with the Learning Support teacher, following specific Learning Goals (IEP)
In addition to small group support, the class teacher may feel that a period of more intensive support is required. At this point the class teacher and Learning Support teacher will draw up a number of specific Learning Goals. These are set out on a document and will be shared with the child and their parents. Goals are reviewed termly, in consultation with the child and parents.
At present cost of the above is established prior to commencement of lessons and payment is made by the parent/carer directly to the Learning Support Teacher. Some employers may reimburse these fees. In this case we will provide the necessary documentation to assist with this.
Step 4: Referral to an external consultant (eg. Educational Psychologist, Occupational, Play or Speech/ Language Therapist)
If a child continues to have particular difficulties, despite progressing through steps one to three, following discussion with the parents, recommendation will be made for evaluation by an external consultant.
Subsequent to the evaluation, findings will be shared by the consultant with parents and teachers, and following this also with the child. New targets may be established, and changes may be made to the type and frequency of support.
At present cost of the above is established prior to evaluation and payment is made by the parent/carer directly to the consultant. Some employers may reimburse these fees. In this case we will provide the necessary documentation to assist with this.
When support is no longer necessary
Once a child has achieved all of their targets and is working at the appropriate level, the amount of support will be reduced gradually. This will take place by retracing steps three to one, until support is no longer necessary. The pupil’s progress will continue to be monitored termly to ensure that they are not left without support prematurely.