Accelerating pupil progress, enhancing attainment and facilitating inclusion through high quality, personalised support to schools.

Why this is leading practice

 Our service supports 51 different primary schools, secondary schools and pupil referral units by providing effective support and challenge to enhance access to education for vulnerable pupils - especially those with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Through developing best practice in partnership with all school stakeholders - pupils through to senior leaders - we have supported our schools to accelerate pupil progress, enhance attainment and more effectively include pupils in all aspects of school life. In addition, we offer a number of central courses and conferences that support our colleagues to develop and further improve their teaching and learning practices, school policy and procedures. These courses are rated as outstanding overall by our delegates and impact positvely upon outcomes for the pupils.    

Impact to date

 The impact on all of the schools is that many staff have greater confidence in what they are doing, the knowledge that they know who to turn to for advice and support. Many SEND pupils throughout Walsall now show accelerated progress, enhanced attainment, higher self-esteem  and reduced anxieties. More Schools are effectively including SEND pupils in all aspects of school-life, thanks to the strategies that are shared. Many pupils are moving away from one-2-one support and beginning to work more independently and confidently.

Rationale / Start Point

When the local authority run SEND Advisory Teacher support service was withdrawn in 2013 many schools still wanted specific SEND support for their pupils and to develop their whole school practices. We responded by setting up a service that is able to offer:

  • Effective support and challenge for schools to improve outcomes for pupils with SEND;
  • Support early identification of need and high quality intervention;
  • Develop inclusive and supportive practices for vulnerable groups in order to facilitate their access to all aspects of school life;
  • Develop the expertise and capacity of schools and their staff to more effectively support their learners with SEND;
  • Offer innovative, creative and inspiring training opportuntites that impact effectively upon school policy, procedure and teaching a learning approaches to improve outcomes.

Key Strategies

Whole school CPD and support is key as all staff buy in to the support on offer. Toolkits and Strategy banks are shared so staff know what to do in given situations. In addition some secondary schools hold SEN Departmental sessions to discuss issues that are specific to that subject. Parent workshops take place as the team act as a conduit between parents and the school. Area SENCO days take place to share good practice and celebrate success as well as sharing the latest government initiatives. All of the team have legal training so they understand problems from a policy perspective. They aim for low-cost but high quality delivery by face to face training, modelling and coaching to large groups, through webinars, or virtual support. All work completed has clear measures to judge the impact and quality of provision, as well as mid-point checks. 

Sustainability and Further Development

 The loss of the Local Authority support for SEND left a void that has now been filled by the Inclusion team who now support over 50 schools locally. Their expertise is now being used further afield and any income is used to resource schools further. There are plans to increase the support of EAL students in the future as well as further improving the use of the website and newsletters to keep schools informed of changes to policy and practice. Future partnerships with companies such as Microsoft and Lego-education mean more products can be used and shared by schools. 

Lead Establishment

Name
Rushall Inclusion Advisory Team
Address
Rushall Primary School
Pelsall Lane
Walsall
West Midlands
WS4 1NG
England
Telephone
01922 682300
Email
inclusion@rushall.walsall.sch.uk
Headteacher / Manager
Beccie Hawes
Phase of Education
Primary
Type and Status of Provider
Local Authority

Published: 30 March 2018
Expires: 30 March 2021

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