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Speech and Language Therapy

 

  • 1 day per week provided by HCC SEND SaLT to meet the needs of pupils with identified language or communication needs on their EHCP
    • In depth assessment and individual language programmes; delivered directly by SaLT or by trained school staff overseen by SaLT
    • Use of communication support – assisted technology if appropriate
    • Individual communication targets incorporated into the curriculum
    • Joint working with tutor / subject teachers as appropriate to reinforce communication and language development across the curriculum
    • Advice regarding differentiation and use of language for staff from Speech and Language Therapists
    • Consultation with parents/carers of pupils with identified language or communication needs on EHCP at parents/carers evenings

 

  • 1 day per week from Speaking Space Ltd to enhance social communication
    • Social Skills programme based on “Talkabout” materials delivered by trained Speech Therapist
    • Joint intervention with Occupational Therapist for pupils in Year 7; working with tutors and subject teachers as appropriate to enhance or reinforce therapeutic strategies
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Occupational Therapy

 

  • 1 day per week from Advanced Occupational Therapist- sensory processing
    • Individual programmes for identified pupils with complex sensory processing difficulties
    • Monitoring group work to develop core stability and gross motor skills
    • Training for staff to continue and develop the above programmes
    • On-going consultancy support for tutors to incorporate sensory diet into classroom practice and utilise our active zones for identified pupils as appropriate
      • desensitisation strategies for tactile or auditory defensiveness
      • use of self-regulation strategies, relaxation activities, tactile cushions, fiddle toys, theraputty, access to active zones

 

Physiotherapy

 

  • Half termly visits from NHS Physiotherapist to meet the needs of pupils with identified physiotherapy needs indicated on their EHCP
  • Individual programmes devised for staff to incorporate into timetable
  • Training of school staff to deliver programmes as appropriate
  • On-going monitoring of progress with feedback to parents/carers and staff

 

Educational Psychologist

 

  • 3 days per year direct input to the school
    • Observation of identified pupils with recommendations for strategies that could be used to enhance teaching and learning
    • Consultation or advice for parents of identified pupils if appropriate
    • Training as required

 

Hampshire Futures Team

 

  • Pupils in Year 9 and above receive independent careers advice and support with regards to transition to college, training or employment

 

Independent Futures Team

 

  • An officer from the Independent Futures Team aims to attend Year 9 EHCP reviews  for pupils who will meet the criteria for Adult Social Services to support transition planning
  • Pupils in Year 9 and above receive independent careers advice and support with regards to transition to college, training or employment
  • An officer from the Independent Futures Team aims to attend Year 9 EHCP reviews  for pupils who will meet the criteria for adult social services to support transition planning

 

Individual Behaviour Management Support (IBMP)

 

All pupils have a ‘Risk Reduction Plan’ in place and for a small number of pupils with more complex behavioural, social or emotional needs there are ‘Attendance and Engagement’ plans in place.

 

The Assistant Headteacher (Care, Guidance and Support) has lead responsibility for personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding across the school.

 

Attendance Officer

 

The attendance of all pupils is a high priority. Oak Lodge School staff work alongside an Attendance Officer to provide targeted support for a small number of individual pupils to ensure attendance is as high as possible.

We recognise that many of our pupils, given the complexity of needs, require time to attend scheduled medical appointments, and in rare circumstances may need an adjusted timetable or time off that must be agreed in writing by medical professionals.

 

Home School Liaison Officer

 

  • Works closely with attendance officer
  • Makes home visits if required
  • Links with supporting agencies in community to support identified pupils and their parents/ carers
    • Statutory organisations – social care, Early Help Hub, Barnardos
    • Voluntary organisations – parent support groups, charity groups
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