SENCO and Vulnerable Groups Lead
HLTA for Pupil Premium & LAC
LSA (Pupil Premium & LAC)
LSA (Pupil Premium & ELSA
LSA (Pupil Premium & Young Carers Support)
At Sprowston Community Academy, we are lucky enough to have two qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistants, Miss Pratt & Miss McMenemy. They are fully qualified and completed training by Educational Psychologists, to deliver specialist support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. These sessions are mainly carried out on a one to one basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social interaction and friendship skills. These sessions take place in our own ‘ELSA room’ and are tailored to each child's individual needs. The sessions will provide a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.
Children will be referred for ELSA support by their form tutor, teaching staff or SENCo. Every half term there is a meeting with key staff,to discuss these referrals and to identify which students require sessions for the next 6 weeks. If your child has been identified to take part in the sessions, you will receive a letter to consent to this from our ELSA Support Assistants detailing the programme. On completion of the programme you will receive a telephone call from Miss Pratt or Miss McMenemy, evaluating the course.
Notes from some of the children as to what Pathways means to them.
A.R.R.O.W is a self-voice, computer based literacy programme.
During the sessions, the students listen to a piece of text, record themselves repeating this, listen to the text again using their recording and finally write down the information they hear.
Leading Psychologists say that using this method enables a child to access and reinforce their internal voice.
Students will complete a short assessment to establish if they require the A.R.R.O.W programme. These students are usually referred for the intervention by form, tutors, teachers, teaching assistants or our SEN and Pupil Premium Team. However, if you feel that your child may benefit from this, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Norman in the Pupil Premium team to discuss this further.
Due to this being a short term intervention, we endeavour to select lessons which will not impact greatly on a child’s studies. We also alternate the lesson withdrawal each week so our students do not miss the same lesson more than once.
After the two weeks intervention has been completed, students will return to their normal timetabled lessons, with no further interruption. They will also receive a certificate of completion which states their gains in both reading and spelling.
If you have any further questions regarding this intervention, please contact Mrs Norman, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.