All pupils at The Hermitage Academy benefit from high quality teaching, which includes an appropriate curriculum differentiated to meet the needs of all learners, including those who need support or extension. Subject teachers, in their own classrooms, provide the first stage of support for any student. They will work with departmental colleagues and leaders and Managers to develop differentiated teaching approaches. At The Hermitage, we adopt a graduated response to meeting the needs of our pupils with special educational needs. Learning support is delivered using a three-stage model.

Wave 1- QFT (Quality First Teaching)

This involves:

* Ensuring that the teacher has the highest possible expectations for your all students in their class.

* Ensuring that all teaching is based on building on what your child already knows, can do and understands.

* Putting in place different ways of teaching so that your child is fully involved in learning in class.

* Putting in place specific strategies (which may be suggested by the SENCO or external staff) to support your child to learn.

Wave 2- Small Group Intervention:

If your child is struggling with aspects of literacy, numeracy, working memory, speech and language or motor skills they will be given the opportunity to access additional small group intervention. Specialist HLTA’s or learning support assistants will work with your child on an appropriate programme to boost their skills to enable them to access the school curriculum.

Wave 3 – Individualised 1:1 Support

Children who are working significantly below national and age related expectations may benefit from Wave 3 intervention. This type of intervention would involve a highly structured 1:1 support programme which would be delivered by a specialist teacher or learning assistant, depending on the area of need.Intervention & Support