Believe, Achieve, Succeed

Support and funding

What we do to support learners.
Every class teacher will adapt the curriculum to ensure access to learning for all children in their class.  The Teacher Standards (2012) detail the expectations on all teachers, and we at Spooner Row Primary School are proud of our teachers and encourage their development.
Our Teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
  • Visual timetables
  • Writing frames
  • New technology (e.g. iPads, recording devices)
  • Signing
  • Positioning within the classroom (where they sit)
  • Use of coloured overlays/paper
  • Reminder cards
  • Broken down instructions
  • Sensory support tools (weighted blankets, concentration toys)
We also employ seven Teaching Assistants who deliver a variety of interventions and support learners in class. A brief outline of some of the interventions we use can be found here.
Each learner identified as having SEN is entitled to support that is ‘additional to or different from’ a normal differentiated curriculum.  The type of support we provide will depend on the individual learning needs and is intended to enable access to learning and overcome the barrier to learning identified.  This support is shown on a provision map, which lists the interventions and actions that we use to support learners with SEN across the year groups.  We modify the provision map as our children and their needs change. The provision map for 2019-20 is available here.
At Spooner Row Primary School we share our provision map and work closely with our colleagues in the Wymondham cluster, so that we can demonstrate what we offer for learners with SEN.  We are also able to promote consistent practice across all the schools in our cluster ensuring equality of opportunity. As a team we have developed a Cluster Policy for SEN, which is available here.
Other opportunities for learning
At Spooner Row Primary School we believe that all children should have the same opportunity to access extra-curricular activities. In 2019-20 we are offering a range of additional clubs and enrichment activities including:
Choir
Cross Country
Football
Gymnastics
Yoga
Multi skills
Dance
Music
Tag Rugby
Art
Newspaper
Craft
Speed and Agility
Library
Forest School
Cycling Proficiency
Drama
Topic trips
Sporting events and competitions
Funding for SEN.
Spooner Row Primary School receives funding directly from the Local Authority to support the needs of learners with SEN.  This is described in a SEN Memorandum which can be accessed here.

Schools can also apply for ‘top up’ funding for children who require support that exceeds that available to the school. Schools are now required to request ‘top-up’ funding direct from the Virtual School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (VS SEND).

On receipt of a request for ‘top-up’ funding, a panel of moderators (moderators are school SENDCOs/Heads and Local Authority SEND specialists) will consider:

  • How the delegated SEN funding has already been used
  • Evidence of its effectiveness and impact

before making its decision. This process is facilitated by the VS SEND.