Support and Funding
What we do to support learners
Every class teacher will adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class. The Teacher Standards (2012) detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Spooner Row Primary School are proud of our teachers and encourage their development.
Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
- Visual timetables
- Writing frames
- New technology (e.g. iPads, recording devices)
- Positioning within the classroom (where they sit)
- Use of coloured overlays/paper
- Reminder cards
- Broken down instructions
- Sensory support tools (weighted blankets, concentration toys)
Each learner identified as having SEN is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum. The type of support we provide will depend on the individual learning needs and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome or start to remove the barrier to learning identified. We employ seven Teaching Assistants who deliver a variety of interventions and support learners in class. This support is shown on a provision map, which lists the interventions and actions that we use to support learners with SEN across the year groups. We modify the provision map as our children and their needs change. The provision map for 2020-21 is available here:Provision Map for 2020-21
At Spooner Row Primary School we share our provision map and work closely with our colleagues in the Wymondham cluster, so that we can demonstrate what we offer for learners with SEN. We are also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster ensuring equality of opportunity.
As a team we have developed a Cluster Policy for SEN, which is available here:
Other opportunities for learning
At Spooner Row Primary School we believe that all children should have the same opportunity to access extra-curricular activities. In 2020-21 we are offering a range of additional clubs and enrichment activities including: (Currently some of these enrichment opportunities are unable to run in all classes due to Cov-19 restrictions)
- Cross Country
- Multi skills
- Tag Rugby
- Speed and Agility
- Forest School
- Cycling Proficiency
- Topic trips
- Sporting events and competitions
Funding for SEN
Spooner Row Primary School receives funding directly from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN. This is described in a SEN Memorandum which can be accessed here
Schools can also apply for ‘top up’ funding for children who require support that exceeds that available to the school. Schools are now required to request ‘top-up’ funding direct from the Virtual School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (VS SEND).
On receipt of a request for ‘top-up’ funding, a panel of moderators (moderators are school SENDCOs/Heads and Local Authority SEND specialists) will consider:
- How the delegated SEN funding has already been used
- Evidence of its effectiveness and impact
before making its decision. This process is facilitated by the VS SEND.