SEND Local Offer
Timbercroft achieved the status of Flagship School in July 2017. We ensure that all learners are entitled to a “broad and balanced” curriculum and this means that wherever possible, the work that they are asked to do is varied and suited to their specific learning requirements. Teachers use carefully planned differentiated activities to enable all learners to grow in confidence, skills and knowledge, work to the best of their potential and to make progress.
It is the policy at Timbercroft Primary School to try to meet the needs of all children. We endeavour to provide a caring, happy and secure environment where each child’s true potential can be fulfilled.
We endeavour to work with the “the whole child” by giving consideration to the child’s academic, physical, emotional and social needs.
Ofsted recognise our efforts to ensure that the children attend school and enjoy both their time here and their recreation. (November 2018)
We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non SEND children. This may include learning interventions developed on an individual needs basis.
We monitor progress carefully and attempt to work in partnership with parents and outside agencies to ensure we raise the level of achievement of all our children. We are committed to creating opportunities to enable all our children to succeed. This is achieved by promoting positive feelings of self-worth, high esteem, confidence and mutual respect. We are committed to an inclusive practice to ensure that children can work happily and co-operatively alongside each other.
Through careful assessment it will become clear that some learners may require more specific or targeted support. Below is a list of the interventions that we are able to employ in the event that your child requires additional support with their learning.
Some of these activities are available to a large number of pupils, whilst others are only available to specific children who are experiencing specific difficulties:
1-1 Reading Support
This is a TA led activity which occurs outside of the classroom three times per week. It is intended to give learners a real boost to their reading confidence. If your child is offered this intervention, there is an expectation that you will support your child’s reading every day at home.
This is a small group additional phonics intervention that is designed to support those learners who are struggling to recognise letters and sounds or how to use them in their reading and writing. This may be led by an experienced TA or a teacher.
Children between the ages of 4 to 8 are screened for understanding and their spoken language. If our Language Link programme indicates that there is a difficulty with either understanding or using language, a learner may be included in group support. These groups are led by a TA. Occasionally a learner does not make adequate progress and they may need to be referred for a Speech and Language Assessment by a trained therapist.
This is a 1:1 or small group of no more than 4, led by either a teacher or TA. Precision teaching is designed to boost a child’s knowledge of specific facts very rapidly. For example, letter recognition or number bonds to 10.
Sensory circuits can enable certain learners to settle to work by releasing tension or addressing sensory needs. This is carried out 1:1 by the class TA. All of our class TAs have received training in delivering sensory circuits through RGB SEND Outreach Team.
Box Full of Feelings
This is a small group intervention for children aged between 2 and 7 to help them to explore their feelings and learn to talk about their emotions led by our Learning Mentors and TAs. The Box Full of Feelings is designed to support the social-emotional development built around four basic feelings: happiness, fear, anger, sadness.
Start Write Stay Right
This is a programme to support children to develop their fine motor control and letter formation. It is delivered selectively to certain children, when their teacher feels it will support them.
The school buys in to a small amount of OT each year. Following consultation with the class teacher, the SENCO will observe the child and decide if an OT assessment is necessary and appropriate. If an OT assessment is made, the OT will provide a report and programme for the child. This programme will be followed in school and there is an expectation that it will also be followed at home, in order for the best possible outcome.
Speech and Language Therapy (SALT)
The school buys in to a Speech and Language Therapy Service. Where a child has been screened by school staff using Language Link, and the result indicates that therapy may be required, the SENCO will make a referral to Speech and Language. Some children require intensive SALT, whilst others require a few sessions. The therapist will always provide a programme. This programme will be followed in school and there is an expectation that it will also be followed at home, in order for the best possible outcome.
The school buys in to EdPsychs service. EPs look at how children and young people experience life within school and home environments and how different factors in these contexts interact with each other. They work collaboratively with parents, schools and other professionals to identify strategies to help.
CAMHS (children and Adult Mental Health Service)
The school has core ours from this service. This year we have accumulated 25 hours. We will be using these hours for staff training for Mental Health and Wellbeing throughout the school for adults and children.
Currently, the school is able to call upon expertise from the Greenwich ASD Outreach Service, for support and guidance for children who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Waterside SEMH (social, emotional and mental health needs) Primary for children with behavioural and emotional difficulties.
SENCo: Debra Joyce