“St. Michael’s Church of England School, established upon Christian foundations, and living out the Christian faith, is committed to providing every child with an excellent education.”
We promote our Vision through the key words:
‘Create – Equip – Partner’
At St. Michael’s we are clear in our vision that pupils should be supported in class, and our access the curriculum. However, we also recognise that for a small minority of pupils different interventions and approaches may need to be used to address specific areas. As an Inclusion Team we would look carefully at each child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support the child and which of the interventions to use.
All interventions and approaches included have been shown to have a positive impact on pupils’ learning. Below is a list of interventions we offer to support our children who require specific support. This is subject to change and is adapted regularly depending on the area of need at the time.
Every child at St. Michael’s receives inclusive quality first teaching, which may include differentiated or individualised classwork and in class support. We may also offer specific targeted support for children with additional needs in order to accelerate their progress to help them work at age-related expectations. Some children will receive highly personalised interventions to enable them to achieve their potential which may include support from outside agencies.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Children who are at the early stages of speaking English when they come to St. Michael’s are supported with an induction programme. They learn about the routines of the day and are introduced to the members of staff they will work with most closely and can go to for help if they need it. They are taught some key phrases and vocabulary that will help them to feel secure and make friends with their peers..
Teachers find creative ways to differentiate learning so that children can reach their potential. We recognise that even if children initially need some support in learning to speak, read, understand and write English, they are likely to already have developed good skills in other areas of the curriculum. Visual cues and dictionaries are used to help children access the curriculum alongside their peers.
Children who have a first language other than English will be part of an language skills group within their class which meet at least once a week to help them prepare for upcoming key vocabulary across the curriculum. These groups are run by the class TA with class teacher support.
Cognition and Learning
We offer a range of support and intervention programmes to help support children’s development across the curriculum and particularly in Maths and English. These include in class support and also programmes to develop skills and understanding in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and maths.
We are a Wandsworth Dyslexia Friendly school with highly trained staff and a range of specific interventions designed to support children with dyslexic tendencies.
Literacy Support Programmes
Children with literacy difficulties will be offered small group or individual intervention programme that may focus on phonics, spelling, handwriting writing and/ or reading. These programmes include: ReadWriteInc, Direct Phonics, Rapid Read, Rapid Write, Catch Up Reading, Yellow Box Reading Comprehension, Reading Lab Comprehension, Reading for Understanding, Lifeboat Reading and Spelling, Schofield and Sims Spelling, Teodorescu Perceptuo-Motor Programme ‘Write from the Start’ Handwriting, A Hand for Spelling, Toe by Toe Phonics, Alpha to Omega Phonics and Phonics Groups. We are also extremely well supported by Reading Volunteers.
Maths Support Programmes
Children with difficulties with Maths are given small group or individual support, and we offer maths support both in and out of the class providing support through our Maths Mastery approach to learning. Children work towards specific maths targets to support their learning, as well as other tailored resources and maths games.
We have excellent support from our Educational Psychology Service, who help assess children and provide recommendations for their on-going support. We also work closely with the Literacy Support Service and Moderate Learning Difficulties Service for specific children. We have been awarded the Wandsworth Dyslexia Friendly School Award.
Communication and Interaction
Speech and Language
We are particularly well support by the Speech and Language Therapy Service. Children with speech, language or communication needs will have individual programmes of support, devised, overseen and assessed by our Speech and Language therapist, and delivered by a member of the Inclusion Team or TA.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The Early Years Centre and the ASD Advisory Service at Garratt Park also provide excellent support for children with ASD/ Social and Communication Difficulties.
In addition, we offer Attention and Listening Skills programmes, as well as Learning through Music programme which develops listening and turn taking skills, as well as supporting self esteem and confidence.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
We want every child at St. Michael’s to feel happy, healthy and safe. We offer various social and emotional support programmes to support children who may be experiencing difficulties at home or with school life. These include: Nurture groups, Friendship groups, Social Skills programmes, Self Esteem programmes, Bereavement support, Lego Therapy and Behaviour, Anger or Anxiety Management, and sessions are usually delivered by our Specialist Teaching Assistant.
We also work closely with services such as the Early Years Centre, Pupil Referral Unit and CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) to ensure children have effective support and barriers to learning are removed or reduced.
Sensory and/ or Physical Needs
St. Michael’s school is well support by Wandsworth Visual Impairment and Hearing Impairment Services. Some children are on special programmes of support, devised, monitored and assessed by these services, and these programmes are usually carried out by the child’s Pupil Support or class Teaching Assistant.
We are also supported by the Occupational Therapy Service, which can help children with fine motor skills, gross motor skills and sensory processing difficulties.