What we do for children with learning difficulties
It is important that learning is tailored to the individual, otherwise learners may become disengaged or overly dependent on the support of an adult. In school, lessons are differentiated to make tasks accessible for all learners and play to their strengths. This means that teachers take care when planning lessons to pitch new content at a challenging, but attainable, level.
Whilst we do not believe that it is in a child’s best interests for an adult to be always at hand as this discourages independent learning behaviours, an adult will ensure that the child understands the task at the outset and will check-in at various points in the lesson to make sure that the child remains on-track.
Liaison with external agencies
Children with the greatest level of need may have an Educational Health Care (EHC) Plan following assessment by Havering’s Children and Adults with Disabilities team. In this instance, children receive support from Learning Support Assistants within school to work on clearly defined, personalised targets set out in their statement or EHCP for a specified number of hours each week; please note it is always our intention that children will develop, as far as possible, independent thinking and avoid over-reliance on this adult support. Progress is closely monitored and parents/carers will be invited to regular reviews.
All children in school are set termly targets linked to the National Curriculum. Whereas most children will have targets specific to their current year group, this is not appropriate for a small number of our children. Therefore, these children will have individualised targets which can be worked on both in school and at home.
Transition to Secondary School
It is important that all children experience a smooth transition when they move schools; in order to facilitate this, some children will have an individual meeting with a representative from the new school which parents are also welcome to attend. This will give school staff and the child a chance to get to know one another, to address any anxieties and to discuss strategies that work for the child.