Communication and Interaction

My child has difficulties with communication and interaction.


This section cover students who have difficulty with:

·         Understanding language

·         Using language

·         Understanding how to communicate socially with other people

·         Speech & Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) including stammering

·         It also includes those with conditions such as Developmental Language Delay (DLD); Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) including Asperger’s Syndrome.

We have high expectations and aspirations for all of our students.  All students on the SEN record have an individual plan created and shared with all of their class teachers and LSAs.  This includes information about their strengths, areas they find difficult and suggested strategies to support their progress.  These are reviewed regularly throughout the year.


Learning Support Assistants (LSA) are predominantly placed in the classroom to support students in the learning environment, maximising inclusion.


Students have an opportunity to access:

•       Quality First Teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice)

•       Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes

•       In class scaffolding including step by step instructions and use of clear, unambiguous language

•       Visual timetables

•       Areas of low distraction

•       Support / supervision at unstructured times of the day

•       Homework support

•       Accelerated Reader programme

•       A differentiated approach to the implementation of the school’s behaviour policy, with a strong focus on restorative justice  

•       Assessment for identification of significant needs

•       Dedicated and caring staff who value all staff regardless of ability



Support for targeted groups of students may include:

•       Social skills programmes

•       Inference skills in small group sessions

•       Learning Support Assistant support in some lessons

•       Access to help from an external agency (eg. Speech and Language Therapy, Language and Communication Team)

•       Use of strategies from supporting outside agency



Targeted individual support may include:

•       Individual strategies recommended by supporting outside agency

•       1:1 support from an LSA

•       1: 1 sessions with a Speech and Language Therapist

•       Exam access arrangements