Girlington Primary School Local Authority Led Resource Provision (LARP)
What does it do?
Girlington Primary LARP has purpose built, acoustically treated rooms, and specialised technology to support and maximise the learning of deaf pupils.
Pupils are supported by a specialist and experienced team of Teachers of the Deaf, Specialist Support Workers, Deaf Instructors, Educational Audiologist and Parental Involvement Officer. Girlington Primary School is a fully inclusive setting and as such, deaf pupils are an integral part of the school and opportunities to learn and socialise with mainstream peers is maximised on a daily basis.
Deaf children who attend the Resourced Provision will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). If this is not already in place, then the process of securing this will begin shortly after pupils are accepted into the provision.
Who is it for?
The resourced provision has places for up to 20 Deaf and Hearing Impaired children and young people who require more specialist teaching and support than a mainstream school could reasonably be expected to provide.
The Local Authority led Resourced Provision is managed by Lead Teachers of the Deaf who are responsible for:
- The day to day management and co-ordination of the provision for deaf pupils
- Ensuring continual support for deaf pupils to maintain their audiology equipment
- Co-ordinating and assessing deaf pupils’ speech, language and communication skills in conjunction with other relevant professionals and setting targets in both spoken and written English and in British Sign Language (BSL)
- Working with the Deaf Instructor to ensure planning and delivery of BSL lessons to pupils in the RP and assessment and monitoring of progress of learning in this area
- Writing reports regarding individual children including annual review reports and SEND reports for deaf pupils
- Co-ordinating and chairing annual review meetings
- Monitoring the progress of deaf pupils through coordination of continual summative assessments
- Monitoring and evaluating planning and delivery of teaching of deaf pupils including targeted learning, small group work and inclusion within the mainstream
- Writing and evaluating pupil passports for deaf pupils
- Updating provision map for deaf pupils
- Ensuring that you, as parents/carers are:
- Made aware of any concerns regarding your child’s progress.
- Involved in supporting your child’s development.
- Involved in evaluating and reviewing their progress towards set targets
- Encouraged to become involved and support the wider learning experiences of pupils
- Liaising with other agencies which support audiology, speech and language, SEMH needs and other professionals who may come into school to support deaf pupils’ development.
- Providing support to teachers, specialist support workers and deaf instructors so that they can help enable all children to reach their full potential.
- Mentoring support staff and carrying out PMR reviews
Grouping for Teaching
- Main curriculum delivery within the RP with specialist teaching and support from Teachers of the Deaf, Specialist Support Workers and Deaf Instructors
- Regular and ongoing opportunities for 1:1 support focused on specific targets
- Daily opportunities for small group work based on identified need
- In class communication and learning support from specialist support staff trained in British Sign Language (BSL)
- Particular attention to seating, lighting and acoustics will be given
- Opportunities to access mainstream provision, usually with specialist support
Planning, Curriculum and Teaching Methods
- Daily planning by a Teacher of the Deaf with input from Specialist Support Workers and Deaf Instructors where appropriate
- Planning focuses on the language and communication needs of individual pupils and is closely matched to their academic ability
- Curriculum plans closely tracks levels of achievement and all targets are individualised, short term and specific using an Assess - Plan -Review approach
- Access to a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, skilled in meeting the needs of deaf and hearing impaired children
- Delivery of specialist curricula for Deaf pupils such as Personal Understanding of Deafness (PUD) / Emotions curriculum
The Wider Curriculum
Pupils within the RP have access to a wide range of activities and experiences to support their wider development. KS2 pupils are taught to play a brass instrument during a weekly lesson provide by Bradford’s Music and Arts Service. All pupils participate in a weekly signing choir. Pupils also participate in a range of sporting events and activities, both within and outside of the school setting. These offer pupils the opportunity to meet deaf peers and develop their physical, as well as social skills. Pupils take part in events such as music workshops and drama events both within and outside school.
Liaising with other Professionals:
Staff in the RP maintain close links with other professionals including staff at the Yorkshire Auditory Implant Service (YAIS), Educational Audiologists, Speech and Language Therapists, SEND Support Services and National Deaf CAMHS, in order to coordinate a multi -agency approach.
Parent / Carer involvement:
Staff within the RP maintain close, regular contact with parents/carers and consider the partnership between home and school to be fundamental to the needs and development of each child and to inclusion of parent / carer choice and wishes. As well as attendance at parents’ evenings and annual reviews, parents / carers are encouraged to attend regular drop-in sessions and workshops. Parents / carers are also offered BSL classes delivered by the Deaf Instructor. Parents / carers are also invited to attend concerts and performances which pupils participate in. Every effort is made to provide first language interpreters for meetings and events.
For more information about wider SEND provision at Girlington Primary School, please see the Local Offer on the school website.
How do I access it?
Referral to the provision is made through the Local Authority Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Team.