SEND (Special Educational Needs Disability) Provision
The SEND team comprises of a SENCO, Specialist Teacher for Autism, Specialist Teacher for Dyslexia / Specialist Higher Level Teaching Assistant and a number of Learning Support Assistants. The team also works with the Learning Mentor to support pupils with behaviour and emotional difficulties.
Vicarage Primary School is a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion & SEND and therefore has a wider responsibility to schools in Newham and across London to support schools regarding SEND. For the reports for this accreditation:
SEND Information Report
The school is legally required to publish a SEND information report which sets out its aims regarding SEND in school.
The Local School Offer at Vicarage Primary School
Our local school offer is information for parents/carers of children who may require additional support and with special educational needs (SEND). Click here to see the Local Offer at Vicarage Primary School.
The SEND Provision
The SEND provision at Vicarage School continues to provide a wide and comprehensive offer to pupils attending the school. The school is now using B Squared & CASPA SEND assessment software to ascertain pupil levels & outcomes, linked to SIMS. The school has in place the following programmes to aid the improvement in our pupils’ inclusive learning.
The Turnabout Programme
The Turnabout programme (a memory & processing intervention programme), is now providing evidence that pupils on this programme make significant progress. 10 pupils are on this intervention programme with a reserve list. The school has also purchased software and tools to assess pupils processing skills in readiness to join the intervention programme. This came into operation in March 2014.
The Listening Programme
Since November, the school has adopted an intervention programme called ‘The Listening Programme’. This programme re-patterns the hearing to increase listening skills and auditory skills and de-sensitise the hearing sense. Two staff attended training in September and equipment was purchased from Pupil Premium money in October. 16 pupils are on this programme and receive daily training for 10-12 weeks. The early signs of the progress of pupils on the programme are very encouraging and pupil’s concentration, attitude to work and behaviour are being effected.
The school now uses Dynamo Maths (a computer-based Maths intervention programme) supporting 50 pupils with numeracy difficulties across Key Stage 2. This will increase numeracy levels and reduce difficulties in this area.
The Vicarage Vital Volunteers
To support pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties a new scheme has been introduced at lunchtimes alongside the clubs called ‘The Vicarage Vital Volunteers’, (Triple V’s). Key Stage 2 pupils will support Key Stage 1 & Early Years classes from 1.00-1.30pm each day with basic classroom tasks. This will increase the pupil’s self-esteem & help them cope with the lunchtime period.
Our Learning Mentors provide vital support to our pupils.
Speech and Language Therapy
This year, our school is continuing to buy in extra sessions of Speech and Language Therapy from East London NHS Foundation Trust.
The Speech and Language Therapist, Joanne David, will be in school every Tuesday. She will be working in classrooms around the school, and all children may work with her at times.
If you have concerns about your child’s speech, language or communication, she will be happy to meet with you to discuss these. If there is a need to work one-to-one with your child or to carry out further assessment, you will receive a letter to request your permission and to invite you into school for a meeting.