Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
"Pupils with speech, language and communication and other complex special needs in the unit make good progress in lessons."
Charles Warren Provision
As part of our community we are proud to run a Specialist Provision for Communication and Language where children are placed with us by the Local Authority. This provision is called Butterflies.
Butterflies Class is a provision within our mainstream school for children with social communication needs. We have 6 places for Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 2 children. The places are allocated by the Local Authority to children with an EHCP who meet the criteria. Although based in the provision, the children from Butterflies can, where appropriate, access the mainstream classrooms and playground for times when they can be successful and have timetabled sessions in the hall for PE, library and music room like any other class. We are allocated one half day a week of NHS speech and language therapist time who works alongside our school staff. Our current cohort are all PECs or Makaton users at differing stages.
Butterflies has its own outside area and sensory room. The environment is set up for learning through play and exploration with opportunities for intensive interaction much as a Foundation Stage classroom is. Focused 1:1 times are scheduled every day for every child. The content of each session depends on the child’s personal outcomes. The majority of our children follow the Bridging the Gap then Foundation Stage Development Matters curriculum. Planning is very much focused on developmental stage rather than age and around their personal EHCP outcomes.