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    Supporting progression for vulnerable Learners: A Research Project for SEND leaders

    Overview

    This research programme for mainstream schools seeks to explore the impact of a new tool to assess the progress of children working below National Curriculum level. The Branch Mapping tool designed by specialist staff at Cherry Garden Special School in liaison with online education software Tapestry maps small steps in progression for special needs children and enables teachers and support staff to more accurately plan for next steps. The tool supports assessment,, the gathering of observational evidence and planning for learning. It also offers a visual and accessible representation of progress for parents.

    The project is currently seeking funding so that it can be offered free of charge to participating schools. Please express your interest as soon as possible if you are interested in benefiting from a funded place.

    Who is the programme for

    The programme requires the regular attendance of a SEND leader, as well as attendance at some sessions by classteachers and or teaching assistants working directly with the focus children for the project. Participation offers each school two personalised coaching visits to support with the implementation of the new assessment tool. This programme is for members of London South TSA only.

    Session details

    The programme is led by:

    • Ashleigh Cannon, Cherry Garden Special School
    • Stephen Kilgour, Deputy Headteacher, Cherry Garden Special School
    • Shona Morgan, Cherry Garden Special School

    Session 1 (half day):

    • Overview of the project
    • Introduction to the assessment tool
    • Using the app to baseline target children

    First coaching visit for each participating school to support implementation

    Session 2 (half day):

    • Share examples of good practice so far and explore any challenges
    • Reviewing evidence gathered so far for three focus children
    • Planning for next steps with implementation

    Second coaching visit for each participating school to support implementation

    Session Three (half day):

    • Share examples of good practice so far and exploring any challenges
    • Reviewing progress in learning for three focus children
    • Planning for next steps with implementation

    Session 4 (half day):

    • Exploring the impact across all schools
    • Planning for whole school implementation

    Sign up and cost

    Register for our 2019-20 cohort here.

    Free to members of London South TSA