How do we train our staff to support the special educational needs of children?

All school staff receive appropriate training so they have the knowledge and confidence to support all children and those with specific needs.

At The Meadows Primary School, we hold weekly staff meetings. Some of these meetings are used to train staff to enable them to teach children with additional needs effectively. External agencies are also invited into school to deliver specialist training e.g speech and language, understanding asthma etc.

The SEND Team have an open door policy for staff whereby they can approach the team The SEND team to ask for advice about different teaching strategies and approaches for children with additional needs.

How do teachers assess children in class?

Teachers and Teaching Assistants are able to assess children using a wide range of tools. Support is provided when needs of individual children are identified.
We assess through:
The Early Year Foundation Stage Profile
The Birmingham Continuum
Reading Assessments
Yark Assessments
Use of tests where appropriate.

How are SEND children included in daily activities?

Here, at The Meadows Primary School, we believe that every child matters and every child should be included in all activities unless medical needs prevent them from doing so. Here, extra provision is provided so that reasonable adjustments can be made and children with additional needs are still able to take part in activities in an inclusive manner.

How do we ensure that children with additional needs are being provided with the correct level of work in order to make good progress?

The Meadows Primary School monitor progress in lots of different ways. This is to ensure that the teaching matches the needs of individual children. All children will receive quality first teaching. If more targeted supported is needed then this will be identified and planned for by teachers.

Middle and Senior Leadership teams carry out regular book scrutinies and provide constructive feedback to all teachers.

Learning walks and observations are also carried out throughout the year to ensure a high level of teaching practise.

Furthermore, teachers have pupil progress meetings where discussions take place in regards to how all children are progressing and what extra support is required.

In the afternoons, Teaching Assistants provide high quality interventions to target the needs of specific children. These are reviewed and assessed on a regular basis.