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English as an Additional Language

At Cranfield Academy we have a number of children who attend our school as their parents are studying at Cranfield University. Many of these families have come to England to study from their home countries. This diversity enriches our school community, but also gives our school a special challenge as many of the children have little or no English. We work closely with the families and the Liaison worker from the university to ensure these children can access our curriculum. Many of our staff have had additional training in supporting children with English as an additional language and we employ a Teaching Assistant who is responsible for planning additional support sessions for these pupils to increase the rate of progress in learning English.

Special Educational Needs

Children learn and develop in different ways. Teachers recognise this and use different teaching styles in the classroom to cater for various ways children learn. This means that most children will learn in the classroom without any additional support. However, sometimes children need additional support to access the curriculum for a variety of reasons. A special educational need can arise for a number of reasons.  It may be due to a disability which makes it harder for a child to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some children there may be a specific difficulty. For example they may be having problems with reading, maths or behaviour, which the school can overcome with additional provision which is formalised in a Special Educational Need and Disability Profile. This profile outlines the support and approaches which will be used with the child. If this is the case, staff at school will liaise with the SENDCO and parents to ensure appropriate provision is put in place and that all involved with the child are working together. If necessary the SENDCO will facilitate referrals to specific agencies, for example Speech and Language therapy or Occupational Therapy. If you have any concerns about your child please talk to their class teacher in the first instance.

Comprehensive information on Special Educational Needs can be seen in our 'SEND' tab.

Gifted and Talented – “HA+”

At Cranfield Academy we consider all our children to be gifted or talented in something, but we recognise that there are some children who stand out as working at a level much higher than their peers. Children who are identified as being gifted or talented in a particular area are given opportunities to develop their skills or understanding through differentiated class work which challenges them to extend their skills and knowledge .All our lessons have a “to be challenged” opportunity which provides an additional opportunity to extend the learning of our most able children. A selection of our Year Four pupils have the chance each year to attend the Children’s University, during the summer holidays, where they have opportunities to work with children from other schools with similar abilities and interests.

Peer Assisted Learning - "PALs"

At Cranfield Academy we organise two 'PALs' groups. These take place three times a week for ffiteen minutes each. There are 24 children in the Year Three and Year One group and 26 in the Year Two and Year Four group. In PALs, the older children (Year Three and Year Four) recieve ongoing training and advice to support their allocated PAL (the younger child) in developing their Reading abilities. The older children ask questions and offer constructive next steps for the younger child. Much research suggests that the impact of peer assisted learning is high, with benefits for both the older and younger children involved.