Additional Educational Needs
Royal Rise Primary School welcomes all children and is committed to helping every pupil achieve their best from both an educational and a developmental perspective. Teachers ensure that their lessons are engaging and challenging for all pupils. For detailed information about the provision and care of children with additional educational needs, please see our SEND Policy and Accessibility Plan on our School Polices Page.
Every child’s development is carefully monitored through Pupil Progress Review meetings six times a year. ‘Gifted and Talented’ students are identified by the teachers and reviewed annually. We endeavour to nurture these pupils both in class and also through local initiatives such as the Maths Challenge at Tonbridge Girls Grammar School and courses for Able Writers. Some students have additional educational needs and require extra support and specialist teaching resources. Our experienced and dedicated staff deliver the following:
- The Diamond Lunchtime Club is an opportunity for children to enjoy games and activities in a small social group, plus have access to quiet areas for reading and art.
- Social Skills programmes such as ‘Ginger’ encourage confidence and the ability to interact appropriately and speech and language interventions help children develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to achieve their potential. We are broadening the use of Makaton in the school. This is a language programme using signs and symbols to support spoken language and aid communication.
- We follow the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) programme through whole school assemblies and in lessons. Circle Times are an opportunity to share, explore and address issues as a class. We also have a School Counsellor and Play Therapist who provides a vital role supporting pupils as needs arise.
- For those with literacy difficulties we provide phonics booster groups, the Better Reading Partnership to improve reading accuracy and comprehension skills, handwriting support and the Beat Dyslexia, SNIP and Toe by Toe multi-sensory spelling and reading programmes.
- We use practical resources including Numicon to support our Maths teaching and for those that need additional tuition, we provide small group or one to one interventions such as the multi–sensory Maths+1 and Power of 2 programmes.
- Pupils with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder often respond positively to a visual approach to learning. Therefore all classes use the same pictures for their visual timetables and labelling. We endeavour to address sensory difficulties and provide quiet workstations as necessary.
- Children with English as an additional language (EAL) sometimes require specialist resources or support from a Teaching Assistant to develop their written and verbal English skills.
We screen for speech sound or vocabulary difficulties using Speech Link and Language Link. Pupils are screened for dyslexia, dyscalculia and working memory or processing difficulties as required.
If you would like to discuss your child’s additional educational needs, please do not hesitate to contact the Class Teacher or the school SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator).
Support for Parents of Pupils with Special Educational Needs
- The Kent County Council website has information regarding special educational needs and disability and the support available in Kent. This is known as the Local Offer
- Information, Advice and Support Kent (IASK) offers impartial information and advice on Special Education Needs issues. Find out more information and contact them here
- Patoss, the Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) offers members a range of services to help them in their day-to-day work as well as representing the interests of teachers and students in matters that affect individuals with SpLD. Using the Patoss website parents, teachers and other professionals can:
- Find tutors and assessors online
- Book conferences and events
- Access information about Specific Learning Difficulties
- Download free resources
- Purchase resources
- Apps to support students with additional educational needs. If you are lucky enough to have an iPad or tablet at home, you may be interested in the following two documents. The first is packed with Apps for pupils with literacy difficulties and the second for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
For advice and support about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) please see the Youngminds website
Youngminds also offers free, confidential online support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a young child or young person up to the age of 25.
Autism Spectrum Disorder
The National Autistic Society is a UK charity providing information, support and services for people with autism.
The British Dyslexia Association is a UK national organisation, offering a wide range of information for parents, dyslexic adults and teachers.
Dyslexia Action also provides support and advice for those with dyslexia.
The SNIP spelling programme was designed by qualified dyslexic tutors. Below are the links to SNIP Parts 1, 2 and 3. The first programme explains how it works and how to deliver the sessions if you would like to use this at home. SNIP uses the principle of 'over learning' (doing the same or similar activities over again in short bursts) which helps children retain their knowledge.
Phonics & spelling
There are lots of websites which offer a fun way for children to practise their phonics, memory and spelling skills. Here is just a selection to try: