All children have the opportunity to learn and thrive at Great Ballard School regardless of experiencing barriers to learning. The combined knowledge and expertise of the Learning Support Department ensure that learning is accessible for children with Additional Needs, both within the classroom and on a one to one basis, if required.
Provision is implemented by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, focusing on the individual child’s needs, as documented through Outside Agency reports or an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). Provision can include: In Class Support, Supported Reading Groups, Academic Mentoring, Emotional Literacy Mentoring, Curriculum Support, Wave 3 Literacy Teaching, Wave 3 Numeracy Teaching and Specialist Teaching.
The Learning Support Department liaises and communicates with outside agencies as part of a multidisciplinary team which is vital for ensuring the child’s progress towards their academic, social and emotional outcomes.
Wave 3 Teaching and Specialist Teaching
The Learning Support Team are trained and experienced in supporting and teaching learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) including: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Speech and Language Difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Condition (High Functioning).
Wave 3 (one to one) lessons for Literacy and Numeracy are planned using a systematic, structured, individually targeted, multi-sensory approach to learning. In Literacy, this includes phonological training, sequencing, spellings, word reading, reading comprehension and any additional foci. Numeracy teaching can include an understanding of number, sequencing, number bonds, time, money and relevant curriculum topics.
Repetition, over learning and pace of lessons, together with the use of Specialist resources ensure that Wave 3 lessons are targeted, engaging, motivating and appropriately challenging for each individual learner.
It has been widely talked about that learning outdoors is incredibly beneficial for all children which is why at Great Ballard School, periodically Wave 3 lessons will be taught outside in our Forest School environment. Learning outdoors enables a child with SEN to flourish, thrive and succeed thus boosting self- esteem. This learning environment has been described as therapeutic, stimulating and inspiring for learners with SEN. Tactile and natural resources are used to motivate new learning, reinforce prior learning, break down barriers to learning and provide a multi-sensory experience.
Interventions can be targeted across areas of the Curriculum where the learner requires additional reinforcement within a specific subject area. This also includes support and revision for Pre-tests and Common Entrance Examinations.