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8th April 2016 - Catch Up® and the new SEND Code of Practice

Intervention blog

The 0-25 SEND Code of Practice (2014) has brought some significant changes to the educational provision for pupils with SEN. At the heart of its philosophy is the integration of educational provision with health and social care provision, to provide more joined-up support for our most vulnerable members of society. There are also wide-ranging changes to the funding arrangements for pupils with SEN in school.

What else is new?

Under the requirements of the Code of Practice, the class/subject teacher has overall responsibility for liaison between TA support and whole class goals and objectives.
The SENCo has responsibility for the content and manner of the support needed. This puts much greater emphasis on liaison between interventions and the mainstream classroom.

How does Catch Up help with liaison between intervention and the classroom?

1. Target sheet/learner profile
The Literacy targets sheet and Numeracy learner profile (initially completed after the first round of Catch Up Literacy or Numeracy assessments) provide a clear summary of the next steps of teaching and learning for the pupil. These targets should be discussed with the class/subject teacher to agree a coordinated approach to best assist the pupil in acquiring the skills.

NB Remember to update the class/subject teacher when new targets are set.

2. The individual session record sheet

Reinforcing work in the Linked writing/Linked recording boxes

In Catch Up Literacy, the focus word from each of the two sessions in the week could form part of the weekly spelling list for a Primary pupil. The focus word could be linked to words with the same pattern or phonemes to create a list of 8-10 words. For example, if the pupil has worked on adjacent consonants ‘st’ in a session, then all the words practised in ‘linked writing’ could become the pupil’s spelling list for the week.
In Catch Up Numeracy, the particular component/activity that has been worked on (eg, within ‘Fractions and Decimals’, relating number of tenths to correct decimal notation) should be shared with the class/subject teacher so that the pupil can further practise the skill in classwork.

The ‘Comments’ box

If the pupil has made a reflective comment on their own learning in the ‘Comments’ box, that creates an ideal opportunity for the class/subject teacher to foster a ‘Can Do’ mentality by saying, ‘Now you can …’ .

The ‘Follow up’ box

The ‘Follow up’ box on the individual session record sheet can be used as a quick method of communication between the supporting adult delivering the intervention and the class/subject teacher.
For example, the class/subject teacher could make use of comments such as:

  • Further practice of long vowel /oa/ words.

  • Encourage using letter names for spelling tricky words.

  • Reinforce vocabulary: ‘minus’ and ‘subtract’

  • Practise derived facts linking multiplication and division up to 24

Watch this space!!!

Catch Up is currently working on a ‘liaison proforma’, which will be downloadable for everyone trained to deliver Catch Up (via their user account on the Catch Up website). This will streamline communication between TA/SENCo and class/subject teacher.

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