When a student is not making progress despite the Academy’s differentiated curriculum, they need additional intervention. This is known as School Action; the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Mrs H West) will advise staff of the type of need and the most effective way to support the student. The type of interventions may include different learning materials, specialist equipment, group or individual support.
School Action Plus
If a student is still not making progress after School Action intervention, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator may request help from outside agencies. They will provide more specialist assessments and offer advice on appropriate targets and effective strategies.
If intervention through School Action or School Action Plus fails to help the student, the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in collaboration with parents may consider asking the LEA for additional support which may lead to a statutory assessment. The LEA will consider factors such as medical history, attainments in all subjects especially literacy and numeracy, any involvement from other agencies and the views of the parents and the student. When all of these factors have been considered the LEA may decide to issue a Statement of Educational Needs. This will advise the Academy of further interventions to put in place for the student and support the Academy to fund the appropriate resources. The Statement of Educational Needs will be reviewed annually until it is felt that the students needs have been met fully.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD)
ADHD is a cognitive and behavioural disorder that is exhibited through hyperactive, impulsive and inattentive behaviour. It is thought that up to 1% of children in the UK are affected and boys are three to four times more likely to be affected than girls. There is a strong genetic element to the development of ADHD therefore other family members may have similar attention problems.
- Does not pay attention to detail
- Finds it hard to stay focussed, avoids tasks that require concentration and is distracted easily
- Does not appear to be listening when spoken to directly
- Does not follow instructions
- Struggles to be organised
- Fidgets, interrupts and gets easily bored
- Has difficulties taking turns
- Says or does things without considering the consequences, takes unnecessary risks.
- Sleep or appetite problems
- Inflexible personality
- Misreads social cues.