Some pupils have additional needs if they are to make the most of school. What we do is provide the extra support they need to help them overcome barriers to their learning.
This includes identifying and assessing (with others) what these barriers are. Then, in partnership with parents and other appropriate professionals, we develop and deliver a relevant curriculum.
The five areas of our role are:
Identification and Assessment
- We assist class teachers in identifying additional support needs
- We liaise with senior managers to identify pupils at risk of low achievement
- We perform relevant assessments of learning and/or behaviour (with other practitioners, if appropriate)
- Based on outcomes of identification and assessment, we support staff with advice and strategies
Planning Learning and Teaching
- We teach alongside class teachers to provide all pupils with greater support, as necessary
- We teach smaller groups and individual pupils, either in class or in a suitable alternative space
- Sometimes we teach the main class, freeing the class teacher to work with other groups or individuals
- We provide short-term assistance to help pupils catch up on work after a period of illness or absence
- We provide support to Class Teachers to develop Child’s Plans and Individualised Education Programmes
Support and Strategy Advice
- We offer advice and guidance to other practitioners on the learning/behaviour requirements of pupil support programmes
- We work with the management team and Principal Teachers to find ways to enhance learning for pupils with additional support needs
Partnership with Specialist Services
We liaise with other services such as Speech and Language Therapists, Teachers of Hearing/Visually Impaired pupils, English as an Additional Language Teachers, Educational Psychologists and others to help Class Teachers incorporate additional or alternative strategies into the curriculum.
Contributing to Professional Development
- Alongside other professionals, we contribute to our colleagues’ professional development by providing formal and informal training on aspects of additional support needs
- We model practice and provide training for Pupil Support Assistants
- We provide information sheets and advice on appropriate reading and online material
- We help Senior Managers to hold effective Child’s Plan meetings