We are a team of specialist teachers and practitioners working within the Social, Communication, Interaction, & Learning Team (SCILT) alongside the other specialist areas of Communication and Interaction (including Autism), Early Years and SEMH. As part
of the graduated response outlined in the Code of Practice, schools and settings can access our SEND Advice Hubs or make individual referrals for children and young people from reception age onwards. In addition to our pupil work, we offer schools a range
of training through our traded work.
Our learning support specialists offer advice and assessments for pupils with a broad range of needs such as:
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In order to be flexible and responsive, Learning Support provide a graduated approach to support schools.
This is the initial stage to access Learning Support advice. Our SEND Advice Hubs enable us to provide responsive support for all pupils with SEND from one of our specialist teachers. To ensure we can respond to as many schools as possible we provide approximately
8 hubs per week. You will have a 30-minute session to discuss your pupil’s needs and will receive advice on appropriate strategies to support them in the classroom and/or through intervention.
Our SEND Advice Hubs will result in two outcomes either:
- A written summary of your pupil's needs and advice given to support their learning
- A recommendation to make an individual pupil referral in addition to a summary of initial advice given at the hub
For pupils who are at SEND support on the
Bradford Matrix of Need we offer individual pupil referrals. Ideally you will have already accessed our SEND Advice hubs and be implementing at least 10hrs of additional support. If your pupil is still not making progress having implemented the advice
for at least a term, you should submit a pupil referral. Referrals are made through Skills4Bradford, follow the
Pupil Referrals link to access our forms. Once the referral has been allocated, you will be contacted by one of our specialist teachers who will arrange a visit to carry out a classroom
observation and/or a cognitive assessment. Our cognitive assessments will provide a detailed learning profile and recommendations for classroom adjustments and interventions. In some circumstances, we also provide specialist practitioner support. The Specialist
Practitioner will work with an allocated member of your staff to help implement interventions and recommendations. Once we have completed our initial observations/assessment, school will receive a report. The specialist teacher will organise a meeting with
the appropriate school staff and parents to feedback the report and recommendations. They will then initiate a monitoring meeting the following term to review progress and establish whether further support is required.
Our Specialist Practitioners
Requests for specialist practitioners are made internally by our specialist teachers. Specialist practitioners work with pupils to support schools with the implementation of the specialist teacher's recommendations. They provide weekly or twice weekly sessions
for a six-week period. You will need to allocate a designated Support Assistant to work with our specialist practitioner. The specialist practitioner will set up the required intervention and model strategies and delivery to your Support Assistant. Once
the six-week period is complete, your support assistant will have all the resources to continue the intervention for your pupil. Work with our specialist practitioner's provides an ideal opportunity for CPD.
Ideally schools will have their own exam access assessor. However, for schools who do not currently have a qualified assessor, we can provide this service. This is part of our traded work and there is a charge of £90.00 per pupil. For further details
and to request assessments, please go to our
exam access page on Skills4Bradford.
We offer a range of training which is either scheduled (individuals book on) or on-demand (whole school training). Currently all our training is being delivered virtually. Below is a list of our courses. Please note we also provide bespoke training and
consultancy work on request.
On-demand courses, bespoke training and consultancy work are booked using our booking forms which can be found in the training information on our Skills4Bradford pages. Scheduled courses are booked
through the training and events page on Skills4Bradford (where dates are set you can click on links above to go directly to scheduled training event)
More information about how to access our services can be found here: Skills4Bradford
Our Support for Pupils with SpLD (Dyslexia)
Our Graduated Approach to Support Pupils with SpLD (Dyslexia)
Link to our Dyslexia and SpLD Page
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