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Special educational needs are divided into four broad areas of difficulty:

Cognition and learning

Social, emotional and mental health (SEMH)

Communication and interaction

Physical and sensory

Alder Brook is a provision for pupils who are permanently excluded from their mainstream setting and also an SEMH provision with 16 places for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans with primary area of need being SEMH.

In school interventions come under three levels of support; WAVE 1, WAVE 2 and WAVE 3.

WAVE 1 – whole class. In Alder Brook this looks different to mainstream settings as our class sizes are kept small due to the high need of the pupils along with high adult ratios. This is our universal offer for all of our pupils.

WAVE 2 – smaller group with an adult for specific support and/or intervention. This may be daily or weekly targeting the specific areas for identified pupils.

WAVE 3 – 1:1 therapeutic sessions and/or counselling sessions. This level of intervention is put in place for pupils displaying a high need for emotional intervention and support. Pupils usually access this in blocks of half a term or a full term. Usually the pupils are selected based on tracking and assessment information with senior leadership and the SENco.

Please see the SEN Policy, the Information Report and the Inclusion Policy for more information on how we support our pupils with SEN and how we implement the Code of practice to meet the needs of our pupils and evaluate and track progress.

If you have a child with special educational needs and/or disabilities in Salford, it is important you visit www.salford.gov.uk/localoffer. Here you will find information on a range of topics such as health services, things to do, support and advice, travel and transport, getting involved and having your say within the local authority. Every council in the UK has a Local Offer to help you meet your child’s needs, keep you informed and help you make the most of services and support in your area.


Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling. Unlike a learning disability, intelligence is not affected.

All pupils are screened for dyslexia on entry to Alder Brook. If a child is identified as having dyslexia, a personalised support plan is put in place to meet their needs. This will involve daily 1:1 support in class. We have bespoke work books which are printed on buff coloured paper and tailored lines to support pupils with writing throughout the school. Adaptations are also made in lessons. Staff work closely with the Educational Psychologist and Learning Support Team, who advise on how best to support pupils.


Dyscalculia is a learning difficulty that affects the ability to acquire mathematical skills.

Children who are having persistent difficulties in areas of numeracy will be referred to the learning support service for assessment.