March 2017 Newsletter
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- Successful Outcomes: Sustainability Over Time
SIP & SAOS ACTION Research: June 2017
This short piece of action research seeks to identify the characteristics that ensure impact from external interventions delivered by Southampton Advisory Outreach Service for SEND can be sustained over time.
It considers how the service can work with schools to establish self sustaining systems that reduce dependency, thereby freeing the service to focus resources where there is greatest need.
The research suggests that sustainable progress is dependent on the continued setting of specific targets that allow progress to be measured and evidenced over time. However, it also suggests that schools need to consider the wider progress made by pupils that cannot be captured by narrow progress measures. Furthermore, the research identifies some key factors that ensure pupils continue to make progress once external support is withdrawn. These include consistency in how support is delivered and effective communication systems that help to maintain consistent approaches to support and allow for adaptation as part of the cycle of ‘assess, plan, do and review’. Furthermore, the research considers how schools retain motivation to continue with recommendations once external support is withdrawn and the conditions that are needed to foster ongoing commitment.
- Early Years Support
We are currently in the first stages of developing a package of support for Early Years settings. Potentially this could involve the implementation of a tool to support quality interactions between adults and children and amongst children themselves called SSTEW (Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing). This tool or scale has been developed and researched by Iram Siraj, Denise Kingston and Edward Melhuish.
- SENCo Support
Following the success of our jointly hosted SENCo network meeting in February we are following this up with a SENCo conference on Tuesday 21 June 2016 at Highpoint. Julie Wharton (Senior Lecturer at Winchester University, ex-LA SEND Advisor) will be our guest speaker exploring principles for assessing pupils with SEND. Three workshops will be on offer including how to make an effective statutory assessment application, facilitating pupil voice and annual reviews in terms of writing quality pupil outcomes and reporting progress.
- Pre Key Stage Moderation in Writing
Working alongside the LA, we have developed a set of exemplification materials to support the assessment and moderation of pre-key stage writing. Moderation workshops took place on 3rd and 4th May with an additional date added for Friday 13th May.
- SENCO Support
At the end of February we jointly hosted a SENCO network meeting with Southampton City Council. Items on the agenda included i) an update on statutory assessment and Education Health Care Plans, ii) a review of support models provided by Southampton Advisory Outreach Service for SEND, iii) an update from the Educational Psychology Service and iv) planning future city wide communication sharing and training for SENCOs.
- School Direct Trainees
We have successfully recruited four excellent School Direct trainees to our Primary PGCE with a SEND specialism. Trainees will start their year long course in September 2017.