How do we adapt our curriculum for pupils with SEND?

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum for all children and young people, including those with SEND. The way we adapt this is set out in the School Accessibility Plan. 

At Bayards Hill we offer a number of intervention programmes in a range of areas, led by additional teachers, learning mentors and teaching assistants. We ensure staff are well-trained and confident to run these interventions, and have developed “specialist” TAs in certain areas.

To support numeracy needs, TAs and specialist teachers have been trained in Rapid Maths and we offer small differentiated groups during maths lessons.

We use Read Write Inc (RWI) to support all children in Reception and KS1, which offers working groups according to their ability. We offer 1:1 tutoring in RWI as well as two other interventions called FFT and Precision Teaching. For children that have a literacy difficulty we offer an intervention called Toe by Toe.

In order to support Speech and Language at Bayards Hill, we employ 2 external therapists that visit children weekly and carry out interventions, such as Lego Therapy and Zones of Regulation. tWe have a dedicated speech and language member of staff that carries out daily interventions to accelerate progress. Our Reception children are screened on entry to school in September to ensure support is given where necessary. We continue to work with our allocated NHS speech and language therapist that reviews children's progress every 3 months.

Finally, our team of learning mentors are running a number of Social and emotional interventions, such as, SEAL, There’s a Volcano in my tummy, nurture groups and 1:1 support. 2 of our learning mentors are currently training with the Educational Psychology service to become ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) as well as training with the support of the Behaviour Support Service. Some of these interventions are delivered 1:1 and others in small groups.

Pupils very much enjoy these interventions, and we are working hard to improve the links between these interventions and work within the classroom. Bayards Hill employs a play therapist twice a week who works with children on a 1:1 basis or in a group to develop emotional literacy, self-esteem and confidence through play.