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Additional Educational Needs

All children are valued, respected and welcomed to the school whatever their additional educational needs. We will support their learning and ensure they are fully included in all school activities, making full use of externally provided facilities where appropriate.

Below is a brief overview of the various additional programmes we deliver to support all learners, where appropriate. If you wish to discuss your child’s support programmes please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Teaching Assistant running the group or with Miss Morrision.

More Able
We aim to ensure that children who display exceptional gifts and talents are provided for. Every year, these children are identified by members of staff as well as their families. This process enables the school to ensure that provision is in place to challenge and enrich the learning of this group of children. The school works to offer a variety of enrichment opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and aims to harness and develop the gifts and talents that our children display.

Speech and Language
Individualised programmes submitted by a Speech Therapist assigned to this school are delivered by Mrs Langham. These are for children who have been referred, by the school or by a medical professional, to be assessed by the Speech and Language Therapy Service. These programmes can include speech sound production, language development and social skills, depending on the child’s needs.

EAL - English as an Additional Language
At Gardners Lane Primary School we are privileged to have in our care children from across the globe and, as an inclusive school, we value greatly the culture, religions and language diversity that these children and their families bring with them. We aim to provide additional support for children who have English as an additional language, both inside and outside of the classroom evironment. Our EAL Lead, Mrs Townsend, aims to ensure that all children who speak languages other than English have their rich language skills and heritage celebrated at school. Our school aims to ensure that children recieve any support required in order to gain maximum benefits from their learning and whilst in our care.

Accelerated Progress
This is a small group intervention program that focuses on phonics, spelling, handwriting and further speech and language development. These multi-sensory sessions are led by Mrs Lovegrove or Mrs Langham and are based on specially written teaching material.

Pastoral Support
This intervention is accessible to all pupils who may be experiencing difficulty with some aspects of home/school life e.g. a family bereavement which may impact on their school life.

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