Our Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP) has two classes, Explorers and Peake class. Children join Explorers in their Reception year group and generally move up to Peake class in KS2 although this is dependent on when they are ready to move. The classes work closely together so that the specific needs of individual pupils can be further met. The ELP classes are supported by our team of experienced SEND teachers, SENDCo and SEND Learning Coaches. The Collegiate Trust (MAT) offer support to develop and improve our ELP for the best outcomes for our pupils.
The ELP learning environment is set up across two classrooms, an outside learning area and the Ocean Room, which is used as a sensory room to help with calming activities for sensory needs. The children also have access to all other areas in the mainstream school including the mainstream sensory room, library, canteen, music room, Computing Suite, Nurture Room, main playground and The Explorer’s Hub (science/DT/cookery room.)
ELP 1 and ELP 2 follow a bespoke curricula which is designed to prioritise the children’s needs and support them to make the most progress in those areas which will have the greatest impact on their life chances. The curriculum is personalised to the special educational needs of our pupils and provides opportunities for children to achieve their potential across a broad range of areas. Please click here for further information.
The teaching staff plan and offer a wealth of provision for the pupils (supported by the EP, Speech and Language team, Occupational Therapist and other external services). The school also has a Pastoral Lead and ELSA, and commissions services from an art therapist and a school counsellor to support specific wider needs for the families and children. Regular educational trips are planned to enhance children’s experiences and encourage them to apply their learning in new and familiar contexts, whist embedding memorable experiences.
Enrichment activities include:
- Horse riding at The Diamond Centre
- Croydon bus day
- ‘Sing and Sign’ sessions held at Red Gates school
- Theatre Visits
- A visit to the seaside
- Croydon Schools Music Association sessions
- Trinity all schools Basketball
- Visits to the local shops and café
Every opportunity is taken to include our Enhanced Learning Provision pupils in mainstream activities whenever possible. Where appropriate, pupils are supported to join the mainstream classes to access other aspects of the school day e.g. PE sessions, science lessons, music lessons, theme days, assemblies, phonics sessions etc. Pupils are encouraged to take part in mainstream school clubs, sports teams, school journey and Pupil Parliament.
OFSTED (2023) found that:
Leaders work closely with other agencies to ensure that pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are getting the right support. The provision for pupils with SEND is planned thoroughly. Pupils’ needs are quickly identified, and they are well supported by leaders and staff. Pupils with SEND, including those in the enhanced learning provision (ELP), are included in all aspects of school life. Pupils who attend the ELP benefit from an ambitious and bespoke curriculum. Leaders and staff make adaptations so that pupils can successfully join in with lessons alongside their classmates.