What specialist services are available, or are accessed by Cranfield Church of England Academy?
- Mrs R Merry holds a current Dyslexia qualification and is able to assess individual children, identify learning needs and offer advice and guidance for your child.
- Mrs J Dormer holds a Postgraduate Certificate in the co-ordination of SEN.
- Mrs A Taylor holds the National Award for SEND Co-ordinators.
- Speech Therapy – the school commissions speech therapy services from Mrs Cathy Hagan, Independent Speech Therapist. Cathy comes to school regularly for sessions with individual children, and then leaves follow up work for the child to complete with the support of highly trained teaching assistants who operate under her guidance.
- Intervention groups led by highly trained teaching assistants and planned by class teachers.
- Intervention groups led by highly trained teaching assistants following evidence based published interventions. These include Soundswrite – for the development of reading and spelling, Max’s Marvellous Maths, Oxford Reading Tree Code scheme, Socially Speaking – developing social skills, Sensory Circuits – developing motor skills and readiness to learn. Click here for more information about Sensory Circuits.
- Shooting Stars Group - A number of children who attend our school have complex learning, communication and social skills needs. These children require additional support and provision to meet their unique individual needs. Shooting Stars group aims to provide opportunities for these pupils to reach their full potential. Click here for more information about Shooting Stars group.
- 1:1 mentoring – offering additional support for vulnerable pupils.
- Access to a variety of computer programmes to support learning. For example – Nessy (develops phonic skills), Wordshark (spelling and reading skills) , Number Shark (develops number skills), Education City
- Motor skills group / 1:1 sessions – in these sessions a trained teaching assistant follows programmes devised by Occupational Therapists to enhance individual children’s motor skills.
- A black-out sensory room with lights and tactile equipment.
- Reading support – 1:1 focus support for reading.
External agencies the school can access:
- Autism Outreach service
- Educational Psychology service
- Early years advisory teacher / Support team
- Sensory service for children with visual or hearing impairment
- Speech and language therapy
- Jigsaw centre – support for children experiencing emotional, social or mental health difficulties
- Occupational Therapy
- Community Paediatrician team
- School Nurse
- Health visitor team
- Medical needs support team
- Parent partnership team
- Community adolescent mental health department (CAMS)
The school can also request further support for your child and your family through the Early Help Assessment process, which will identify the “best fit” service to support your child and your family depending on need.
The Local Offer, published by Central Bedfordshire outlines all services currently available in the local authority which may support your child and your family.
Staff at Cranfield Academy receive regular opportunities to develop their knowledge and training related to SEN. Recent courses attended include; Numicon, Supporting children with SEND in the classroom, the Anxiety Curve, Theraplay and Co-Production. Continuing Professional development is important to our school and we regularly review the skills of our staff in relation to SEN. If a child joins us with a condition we have not previously supported we ensure we organise training so that staff feel empowered to support this child to the best of their ability.
Mrs J Dormer provides support to other schools in the co-ordination of SEN, and will be supporting the local authority in providing SEN support to a selection of schools using the APTGo audit tool.