Meeting our Children’s Needs
At Beech Hill School we provide learning which meets the needs of every child. Like most schools we have a number of pupils who have additional educational needs. Such needs may include:
• Learning difficulties
• Behavioural issues
• Medical conditions
• Communication difficulties
• Children who are new to the country and speak very little English
Children with additional or special educational needs may need extra help and support from us and here at Beech Hill we have a dedicated team of Learning Mentors, translators, support assistants and other adults who, alongside class teachers, will provide support for those children who have additional educational needs.
Children who are new to the country and speak very little English have daily sessions with a translator to help them develop key vocabulary to help them in everyday school life. These sessions are a key part of their welcome and introduction to life at Beech Hill School.
To ensure that children’s individual needs are met and the necessary support is given, we liaises with a range of agencies such as the speech & language therapy service, occupational therapy and the community paediatric team.
Beech Hill provides a wide range of additional interventions and strategies to help our pupils with their difficulties. Including but not limited to:
The ‘Five Minute Box’
A multi sensory teaching programme and literacy resource. It supports children to understand the alphabet, letter sounds, key high frequency words and much more.
‘Racing to English’
Which is used to help children who are learning English as an additional language.
The ‘Five Minute Number Box’
A multi sensory teaching programme and maths resource. It supports children to understand the basic concept of number, to understand and use the complex maths vocabulary as well as understand the concepts of shape, money, measure and more.
A multi sensory resource which encourages an understanding of number and arithmetic relationships. It also helps to reinforce the use of number in real-life contexts.
The ‘Social Language Program’ which is used to improve communication in social settings and between peers.
is a structured resource to develop both comprehension and expression, of spoken language in young children.
is a programme that aims to maximize young children’s communicative potential by encouraging speaking, listening and language skills.
‘Black Sheep Narrative’
The ability to tell a stories is a key element of everyday communication, Black Sheep groups focus on the development skills to support children’s ability to use narrative.
which can be a written or visual guide describing various social interactions, situations, behaviours, skills or concepts to support those children who don’t understand them.