Here at Elm Grove Primary, it is our belief that educational inclusion is about equal opportunities for all learners, whatever their age, gender, ethnicity, disabilities, attainment and background. As our vision statement outlines:
“Everyone Included. Everyone Valued. Learning & Thriving Together.”
Meet the Team
Carla Kemp, SENDCo
I am a qualified special educational needs and disabilities coordinator across the whole school and ensure that the SEND code of Practice (2015) is fully integrated across all aspects of school life. This means that for any children who have any additional needs, I ensure that they receive the support needed to meet their needs as much as possible whilst at school. I am a fully qualified and experienced teacher, who has also taught across both key stages including Reception.
Sam Barfoot, Inclusion Mentor
Sam Barfoot is our Attachment Lead in the school. She is passionate about empowering children’s voices, has worked with children with complex needs for many years, Just Right trained, has a therapeutic training background and supports children using these skills and experience.
Sadie Mockford, Inclusion TA
Sadie is an enthusiastic, caring member of the Inclusion Team who helps to support children throughout the school in her role. Sadie runs intervention groups including social skills groups, speech and language sessions as well as supporting positive happy playtimes and lunchtimes.
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What is Talkboost?
Talk Boost is a targeted intervention for children with delayed language helping to boost their language skills to narrow the gap between them and their peers. At Elm Grove we follow the KS1 Talkboost intervention for children aged between 4 and 7. The programme aims to accelerate children’s progress in language and communication by an average of six months, after a nine-week intervention
How can it help?
The Talk Boost approach supports children to work in groups to develop their speech, language and communication and will boost not only those core skills, but also support their social interactions with other children. The structured, differentiated approach with an emphasis on underlying skills for learning and social emotional development can help ease children back into the school environment.
All teaching assistants in Reception and KS1 have received Talkboost training by the local BHISS Language advisor and they run small groups with the children. All teachers have also had training so that they can support the intervention when teaching too.
What evidence is there to show that Talk Boost KS1 works?
iCan (the company who produce Talkboost) have evaluated Talk Boost KS1 twice, once in a study which compared the results of using Talk Boost KS1 in schools with a group in schools which didn’t use it and once as part of a whole school approach to supporting speech language and communication needs, called A Chance to Talk. In both evaluations they found statistically significant results to show that on average children made between 9-18 months progress in language levels over the 10 week period.
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BHCC ‘Local Offer’
Brighton and Hove City Council offer support for children and young people who have special educational needs and disabilities, and their families. We call this our Local Offer.
Amaze is a charity that gives information, advice and support to families of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Brighton & Hove and Sussex. We also support young people with SEND up to 25.
Amaze is an independent charity whose work with parent carers and young people is funded from a variety of sources: local authorities, central government, health services, trusts and foundations, businesses, public donations and from fundraising events such as the Brighton Marathon and our annual Big Cheer comedy night.
We provide a range of different information, advice and support services to parent carers and also direct to children and young people with SEND, depending on where you live in Sussex. To contact amaze you can call them on: 01273 772289 or follow this link to their website. (https://amazesussex.org.uk/)
Assistive Support Technology used in Key Stage 2
Identified children in Key Stage 2 have access to a range of Literacy Support programs on Chromebooks to help support their literacy development. These programs are research-based and approved programs that come highly recommended from our Literacy Support Specialist who works in school. The main programs we use are: Wordshark, Clicker, Clicker Write and Nessy
We have recently subscribed to Nessy to further improve our provision in school. This video explains the Nessy Philosophy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v00YSC0-4LA
Please click the picture to access the Nessy website to learn more about the company, program and philosophy behind the program.
After a successful parent group led by our link Educational Psychologist in the Spring Term, all staff will undertake training on Emotion Coaching techniques during one of the INSET days in September 2022. If you’d like to learn more about Emotion Coaching please do follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjOL_dXPp9Q