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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 22 places for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans with primary area of need within 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.