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Timberley Academy

Our approach to teaching children with SEND.

Timberley Academy monitors progress all children make using a range of strategies. This is to ensure that teaching always matches the needs of individuals and groups of children.


Some examples of additional provision which could be suitable for a child with SEND could include:

  • Some individual teaching, following dedicated programmes to address specific needs, e.g. reading and spelling difficulties, e.g ‘Toe by Toe’ and Precision Teaching programmes or those directed by Speech Therapists, Educational Psychologists or the Learning Support Service delivered by our Assistant SENCo’s.


  • Small group focus work to address shared issues, e.g. fine and gross motor and social skills groups.


  • Specialist interventions, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy with a trained therapist and our trained speech and language teaching assistants. Physiotherapy delivered by our physio assistant overseen by a Community Physiotherapist.


  • Teaching or Inclusion Assistant support within the class, in order for the work to be further differentiated to meet exact needs.


  • Additional resources to enable better access to the curriculum, e.g. seating / writing apparatus that have been suggested by professionals.


  • Tailored support from our Pastoral Team, ASD Lead Practitioner and /or Learning Mentors working with children to overcome barriers to learning.


Timberley Academy has a very practical curriculum and lessons take part in all areas of school including the classrooms, intervention rooms ICT suite, kitchen, art room, Phiz Lab, farm and the Forest School area. All of these are accessible by all children in school.


The middle leadership team and the senior leadership team carry out regular book scrutiny and give constructive feedback to all teachers. Learning walks and classroom observations are carried out throughout the year.


Phase leaders, who oversee all year groups, and teachers hold half termly pupil progress meetings to discuss the progress of individuals and groups of children.


Mrs Lawrence ensures the curriculum meets the needs of the children in the resource base and children are taught in smaller groups or 1:1 as necessary.


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