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What support do children with SEND receive at Handale Primary School?

The quick answer to this is ‘whatever support they require’. The individual nature of SEND means that it is difficult to produce a support plan that will fit the needs of every child. However, support at Handale is provided using the ‘Three Waves Model’.

Wave 1

Wave 1 support is the provision of high quality classroom teaching for all pupils. The quality of teaching and learning at Handale is rigorously monitored by the school’s management team. High quality teaching and learning involves planning, delivery and assessment in stimulating, innovative and child centred lessons.

Wave 2

Wave 2 support is the provision of small group support. Children who are experiencing difficulty in a specific aspect of the curriculum work in groups of between 2 and 6 with a teacher or teaching assistant. Small group provision is planned for by the children’s teacher and includes targets to be achieved over a specific time period. Wave 2 support compliments the continued access to high quality classroom teaching.

Wave 3

Wave 3 support is the provision of one to one support. If a child has not secured the desired progress via Wave 1 and Wave 2 support then the school will provide a timetable of one to one support with a teacher or teaching assistant, or where necessary a specialist provider. This may run alongside further Wave 2 support and continued access to high quality classroom teaching.

The support each child receives will be agreed upon by the classroom teacher and a member of the senior leadership team at the school. The children involved will be included in a discussion about the purpose and duration of Wave 2 and Wave 3 interventions. The school plans and budgets for its Wave 2 and Wave 3 support through the production of a provision map. The provision map includes details of the pupils and staff involved, the aims of the support, the resource implications and how the success of the provision will be assessed. Each pupil identified as having SEND will have their own individual provision map which will be shared with parents every half term.

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