“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.
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 are measurable programmes to develop skills and understanding in reading, writing, spelling and maths.
We are a Wandsworth Dyslexia Friendly school with highly trained staff and a range of specific interventions designed to support children with dyslexia.
Literacy Support Programmes
Children with literacy difficulties will be offered small group or individual intervention programme that may focus on phonics, spelling, 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, A Hand for Spelling, Toe by Toe Phonics, Alpha to Omega Phonics and Phonics Groups. We are also extremely well supported by Learning to Love to Read, Beanstalk and Reading Volunteers.
Maths Support Programmes
Children with difficulties in Maths are given small group or individual support tailored to their needs and complimenting 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 supported by the Speech and Language Therapy Service and children with speech, language or communication needs will have individual programmes of support, devised, overseen and assessed by a school assigned Speech and Language Therapist (SALT). These programmes are delivered by a trained and experienced member of our support staff team.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The Early Years Centre and the Wandsworth Autism Advisory Service (WAAS) supports schools, settings and families in Wandsworth to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people with autism. These services support education settings to enable all children with Autism/ social communication disorders to achieve their full potential.
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. Sessions are delivered by our trained and experienced Specialist Teaching Assistants.
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 so that barriers to learning are identified and overcome.
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.
Our Sensory Room is for all children at St. Michael’s school and is designed for our SEND pupils to support positive engagement and achieve positive outcomes through sensory stimulation which can be controlled, intensified or reduced according to the needs of the child. The two main aims of our sensory room is to provide relaxation and to encourage intellectual activity.