At Ark Bentworth, we recognise the importance of knowing every pupil.  Whether a pupil has identified Special Educational Needs or a disability (SEND), or whether a pupil has no identified needs but is not making expected progress, the approach is the same:

Assess – we monitor progress regularly

Plan – we collaborate with staff, parents & external agencies to plan adaptations where necessary

Do – class teachers lead on the agreed plan of support, with guidance from the SENCo

Review – we review progress regularly, intervening quickly if the plan is not working.

We are passionate about ensuring that all pupils make good progress from their individual starting points across the curriculum.  These high expectations encompass the development of personal, social and life skills as well as academic learning.  Our approach is based on two key principles:

  1. Every teacher is a teacher of SEND
  2. Inclusive practice is likely to benefit all pupils, including those whose additional needs have not yet been identified.

See below for some examples of how we ensure that all pupils are able to access our curriculum:

Learning Environment

Timetable & Resources

Teaching

Universal

(All pupils)

- Whole class visual timetables in everyday use

- Working walls on display for key subjects

- Visual scaffolds & manipulatives

- Daily PE

- Daily mindfulness

- Zones of Regulation

- Regular reviews of learning

- Guided practice

- Models & worked examples

Targeted

(Some pupils)

- low distraction environment for key learning

- personalised task planners, toolkits or now & next boards

- regular movement or rest breaks to maintain focus

- wobble cushions, timers, pencil grips, ear defenders

- paired or small group pre-teaching

- same day overlearning of key concepts

Specialist

(Specific individual support)

- individual workstations

- adaptive seating

- personalised timetable

- sensory diet overseen by Occupational Therapy

- senior staff check-ins & personalised behaviour plans

- chunked teaching in small steps

- strategies such as precision teaching as recommended by Educational Psychologist

For more information, please visit our SEN Information Report here.

Parents & carers can also get further advice and support here: https://cyp.iassnetwork.org.uk/service/insights-information-advice-support-service/