Additional needs information
As a SENCo my role is to support the students that arrive at both The Aconbury and St David’s Centres.
To do this I do a series of assessments, usually as part of their induction programme.
The first assessment identifies if they could have particular issues with their memory and processing speeds. If this is the case, the teachers will be able to support the students more appropriately in the classroom, allowing them to progress. At Aconbury, this information can be fed back to their mainstream schools as well.
If these issues are highlighted in years 9, 10 and 11, I will follow up with assessments to determine if they need additional support with exams. These Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) will allow for particular arrangements to be put in place to help the students manage their exams as well as they can.
I have included an information sheet from a support network to explain what Slow Processing Speeds looks like and some ideas of how to help the children and families manage some situations better.
I hope to include more information sheets in following newsletters.
Lucy Baggott (SENCo and Level 7 Patoss Assessor of Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties)