Birchwood has the ability to support a wide range of needs from the four main categories:
Cognition and Learning - including Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and other Specific Learning Difficulties
Speech, Language and Communication - including verbal processing difficulties and selective mutism
Social, Emotional and Mental Health - including Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other social communication difficulties
Sensory and Physical Difficulties - including visual and auditory impairments and varying levels of physical needs
Our team of Teaching Assistants provide support in the classroom and focused interventions to small groups and individuals. The curriculum is highly differentiated for each pupil’s needs and the full teaching and support teams plan together.
Each pupil with identified SEND needs will have a personalised learning plan which is completed in collaboration with the pupil, teachers, parent/carer and the SENCo. This plan is then shared with all staff and reviewed termly.
Where pupils are likely to return to their home school regular meetings with the home school, parent/carer and Birchwood will be carried out to determine when and how the reintegration will take place. For pupils where a move back to the home school is not possible then a managed move to another mainstream school or other provision will be considered whenever possible.
Measurements of pupil academic and behaviour progress are collated each term and discussed with parents/carers and pupil on
bi-termly review days. This information is a mixture of teacher assessment, formal assessment and behaviour evaluation through Class Charts behaviour system, SDQ’s and Boxall Profiling.
For some pupils it is beneficial to work with and seek advice from external agencies such as Children and Young People’s Service (CHYMPS), Specialist Children’s Services, Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) and the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) amongst others.
The school SENCo is Jane Waters, she holds the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination.