SEND and Inclusion
Helping everyone to succeed...
Ferney Lee is very proud of its reputation for inclusion and
celebrating diversity in our community. Our SENCO,
Emily Blanchard, has a PG Cert. in Special Educational Co-ordination.
She can be contacted on the main school
number 01706 254848.
Meeting our Children’s Needs
At Ferney Lee we provide learning which meets the needs of every child. Like most schools we have a number of pupils who have additional educational needs.
Children with additional or special educational needs may need extra help and support from us and we have a dedicated learning mentor, counsellor and teaching assistants who, alongside class teachers, will provide support for these children.
To ensure that children’s individual needs are met and the necessary support is given, we liaise with a range of outside agencies in order to get support and guidance wherever needed. The following documents provide further information about SEND here at Ferney Lee:
In order to support the children on our SEND register, Ferney Lee provides a wide range of additional interventions and strategies to help our pupils with their difficulties. Below are just some of these interventions, broken down into the 4 areas of need:
Cognition and Learning
Read Write Inc. – Scheme developed by Ruth Miskin. Half hour daily phonics sessions teach children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step.
Black Sheep - Intervention which uses worksheets, pictures and cue cards to develop children's speech and language. For children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and speech, language & communication needs (SLCN),
Number box – The Number Box is a multi-sensory teaching programme and maths resource. It is designed for those children who struggle with maths for one of several reasons.
Tables Table Rockstars – Times table programme which can be used as extra practice in home and at school.
Nessy Reading and Writing – Nessy programs are designed to help students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently.
Precision Teaching - programme to meet the needs of an individual child who is experiencing difficulty with acquiring or maintaining some skills. It has an inbuilt monitoring function and is basically a means of evaluating the effectiveness of what is being taught.
Communication and Interaction
Word Wizard – SALT resource used for key topic vocabulary.
SULP (Social Use of Language Programme) - A cohesive framework developed by Dr Wendy Rinaldi (Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Special Needs) used to enhance personal, emotional and social development from a communication and thinking skills perspective.
Lego Therapy - LEGO® based therapy is a social development programme which helps children and young people with autism spectrum disorders and related social communication difficulties, such as Asperger’s Syndrome. The programme is based on the highly structured, systematic and predictable nature of LEGO play which makes it appealing to children with social communication difficulties who are particularly attracted to systems.
Social Stories - A tool to help individuals on the autism spectrum or children with autistic tendencies better understand the nuances of interpersonal communication so that they can interact in an effective and appropriate manner.
Sensory and/or Physical
Fine Motor Skills - Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands, such as when doing up buttons, opening lunch boxes or using pencils or scissors. Fine motor skill efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance. Efficient fine motor skills require a number of independent skills to occur simultaneously to appropriately manipulate the object or perform the task. Children will be provided with a variety of different activities to develop and practice these skills.
Gross Motor Skills - Each session begins with some warm up exercises to improve the children’s balance, co-ordination, bi-lateral integration and spatial awareness. A range of equipment is used during the sessions that have been approved and recommended by physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
Circle of Friends - A Circle of Friends is a group of pupils who have been brought together to support a student who is in danger of feeling isolated or left out. Circle of Friends is an approach to enhancing the inclusion, in a mainstream setting, of any young person who is experiencing difficulties in school because of a disability, personal crisis or because of their challenging behaviour towards others.
At Ferney Lee we also offer a 'Life Skills' intervention for some of our SEND children where they have access to a range of different skills and activities in order to develop social, physical, communication and emotional skills. Activities in this intervention include cooking sessions, bus trips, road safety, water safety, shopping trips, and lots more.
Class Teachers are very skilled at meeting most needs within their classroom provision. The links below give you further information on how different needs are met at our school. If you have any questions please do come and speak to your child's teacher, or to Miss Blanchard.
Click on the link below to read a short leaflet explaining SEND at Ferney Lee
Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR