Learning Support and The PSRP
Main School Learning Support

The JCoSS Learning Support Faculty aims to assist staff in meeting the needs of all students within the school, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  The Director of Inclusion, who also holds the role of SENCo, leads a team of staff, including a Deputy SENCo, two part-time SEN teachers, and Learning Support Assistants, some of whom act in the role of seniors.

At JCoSS our aim is to build the independence and resilience of students in all aspects of their lives.  We provide individualised support as specified on a student’s Statement or EHCP, or where necessary according to their needs.  Learning Support Assistants either work with a range of students, usually within the classroom but sometimes on a withdrawal basis, or are based in faculties. We use our best endeavours to ensure that support is tailored to meet individual needs.

Although the students themselves are the focus of our support in school, we highly value the involvement of parents and carers and seek to form a partnership with them to achieve the best outcomes. Communication with the faculty is welcomed, whether by phone or email or through meetings at school.

We liaise with a range of specialist services to support students as necessary.  We ensure that students have  Access Arrangements in place as needed for examinations.

The Learning Support Faculty works alongside the Pears Special Resourced Provision (PSRP) for students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, but in terms of admissions and funding the two departments operate on an entirely different basis.  The main school Learning Support Faculty is resourced in the same way as any other Barnet secondary school.

In common with all schools, JCoSS is working towards full implementation of the new Children and Families Act 2014, and the revised Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs.  The School’s policies for SEND and for Disability Equality & Accessibility, as well as Barnet’s Local Offer and our SEND information report can be found in our Policies and Guidance section below.

Pears Special Resource Provision

The Pears Special Resource Provision (PSRP) is an additionally resourced provision within JCoSS, offering up to fifty places (approximately seven per year) for pupils with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC).  Norwood is our lead partner in establishing and further developing the PSRP, and has helped JCoSS to recruit its Director, as well as fund the Deputy Director post, advise on curriculum, pastoral and support matters.

The Pears Special Resource Provision is supported by Pears Foundation, a British-based family foundation rooted in Jewish values whose work is concerned with identity and citizenship.

The number of children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions has risen considerably over the past decades and there are insufficient specialist school places to meet the needs of these children.

JCoSS’s PSRP is a unique resource within the Jewish community aimed at meeting the increased demand in the diagnosis of ASC. Each student in the PSRP has different needs which are met on an individualised basis with an Individual Learning Plan. Integration of teaching and other school activities is undertaken where it is appropriate and helpful to both the students in the PSRP and the mainstream school. Areas might include: music, art, sports, religious activities, etc. We have the capacity to provide both integrated and separated, specialist education.

The Pears Special Resource Provision takes pupils in line with the opening of the mainstream school – i.e. starting with 11 year olds in the first year – so that the students in the PSRP can be integrated with same-aged students in the mainstream school, where appropriate.

The admissions policy for the PSRP is different from that for the mainstream school.  The admissions authority for the PSRP is Barnet Local Authority and not JCoSS.  Priority is given to those children whose special needs are best served by the provisions we can offer, as set out in their statement of special needs.

The Pears Special Resource Provision – How We Work

Background

The PSRP provides an education for children with autistic spectrum conditions in a safe, secure Jewish environment. There are 7 places in each year group and admissions are managed by the London Borough of Barnet. The PSRP provides for children of all faiths and none.

School Ethos

JCoSS is a Jewish voluntary-aided school with 180 students in each year plus 7 in the PSRP. JCoSS is a pluralist Jewish school in which the full range of practices and beliefs within the Jewish community are learnt, taught and celebrated. Families of students in the PSRP respect the ethos of a Jewish school where students study Hebrew and Jewish Education. The Jewish year, Jewish lifecycles and Jewish spirituality are an intrinsic part of the JCoSS experience.
As is common with most voluntary-aided schools, parents are requested to make a voluntary contribution to cover security and the Jewish ethos, neither of which is funded by local or national government

THE PSRP THERAPY TEAM

Who are we and what do we do?

The therapy team provides Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy.  We work within the PSRP, and across the whole school, to support students from the resource achieve their potential, and to help staff work effectively with them.

The role of the Therapy Team

  • Informal assessment of all new students
  • Liaison with previous therapists and other healthcare professionals
  • Onward referral as necessary
  • Formal assessment and reports for annual reviews
  • Input into IEP targets
  • Training to staff across the school
  • Strategies to support students within the PSRP and in mainstream lessons
  • Group facilitation/skills-sharing for parents
  • Direct therapy both in groups, pairs and occasionally individually

We aim to offer an innovative and dynamic service that responds to the diverse needs of the students within the resource.

Areas we work on

  • Social interaction skills – taking turns, understanding different points of view, developing listening skills and empathy etc.
  • Understanding of Language – in particular understanding abstract concepts, idiom, ambiguous language and understanding emotions.
  • Vocabulary Development – supporting vocabulary linked to the curriculum and developing understanding of the language of emotions.
  • Expressive Language – using language appropriate to the context, staying on topic, talking about feelings etc.
  • Emotional Wellbeing – developing a sense of self, supporting interests and relationships, exploring areas of anxiety
  • Motor Skills – gross and fine motor to support posture and handwriting, physical activities and sports.
  • Organisation Skills – teaching effective strategies to increase independence in daily activities and in academic tasks.
  • Sensory Integration – to indentify sensory difficulties, strategies to reduce their impact and therapy to target specific issues.

Intervention

We offer the opportunity for multi-disciplinary intervention, with different therapists, teaching staff and support staff working together to provide the optimum support for our students.

We provide therapy in a social context (paired or group work) wherever possible; in order to target the social interaction needs of our students.  Individual work is offered when necessary for specific needs.

Class Groups

A class group may be lead by a therapist or run jointly by a therapist and a teacher.  These help students use their communication strengths with a number of different adults and with their friends.  It can also help them practise skills in the smaller environment of the PSRP, which they may then be using during mainstream lessons.

Small Groups or Pairs

A particular pair or group of students may be selected because they have similar areas of need.  These can be targeted in the classroom or in one of our specialist therapy rooms.

One-to-One

This may be offered occasionally for assessment, developing a new skill, exploring an individual’s behaviour or anxieties or using a specific technique e.g. social stories.

Contact Us

The Therapy Team can be contacted on 0208 344 2220

We are committed to working closely with parents/guardians.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

Please note, as we are all part time, you may not be able to speak to us in person straight away, but please do leave a message and we will get back to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Admission for students with Statement / EHCP into the main school or PSRP

Process for admission – Main School – Learning Support

The Admissions Procedure for students with Statements of Special Educational Need or Education & Health Care Plans is different from other students.  Parents wishing to name JCoSS on their child’s Statement/Plan should contact their Local Authority.  Transition to secondary school is an important part of the discussion at Annual Reviews for children in Years 5 and 6.

The PSRP provides an education for children with autistic spectrum conditions in a safe, secure Jewish environment. There are 7 places in each year group and admissions are managed by the London Borough of Barnet. The PSRP provides for children of all

Process for admission – PSRP

The local authority (LA), London Borough of Barnet, is the admitting authority to the PSRP as they have the duty to decide whether to name a school or school specific provision on a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Education Act 1996) or Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) (Children and Families Act 2014). In the event of another LA requesting a place at JCoSS this request will be considered as part of the process below and Barnet LA will advise that authority. This process will be implemented by the Children’s Service usually on an annual basis in the second half of the Autumn term.

The PSRP is designed to provide for students who:
1. have a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum condition from a medically qualified clinician which is accepted as the primary special educational need and included in a Statement of Special Educational Need/Education and Health Care Plan;
2. have cognitive or attainment levels similar to peers in the mainstream so needs can be met through reasonable differentiation, modification and adaptation of the mainstream curriculum to enable high levels of inclusion into the mainstream classes;
3. have demonstrated ability to benefit from access to appropriate peer models of social and communicative behaviour;
4. during key stage 2, have demonstrated the ability to learn strategies to modify their behaviour in response to specific interventions and contexts which have been clearly identified and evidenced in their behaviour support plans;
5. in moments of dysregulation be able to have their behaviour modified and managed within the medium-risk setting that the PSRP provides;
6. be able to function effectively in the mainstream with one Learning Support Assistant for every two students or in the provision with one Learning Support Assistant for every two students;
7. be within reasonable independent or supported travel distance (up to 60 minutes is recommended as noted by AA’s online Route Planner) and be able to make a reasonable home to school transition and start to the school day.
Students who do not meet the above criteria are unlikely to thrive in the PSRP which is part of a mainstream Jewish school of over 1300 students. We aim for the full inclusion of all PSRP students in the mainstream school over time, and the education of each student needs to be compatible with the efficient education and health and safety of all others.
To aid appropriate placement decision making, applicants will be assessed against the above criteria to ensure both the efficient education of the student placed and other students in the school and the efficient use of the Local Authority resources.
Parents express an interest by form or letter to the local authority [1] for the JCoSS PSRP by the deadline in October set by the local authority. The LA will provide all available paperwork to JCoSS within 14 days of the request.

[1] SEN Casework Manager, Ground Floor, Building 2, London Borough of Barnet, NLBP, Oakleigh Road South, New Southgate, N11 1NP

SEN Admissions to JCoSS – PSRP or Main School

Please click on the link below for information regarding SEN admissions.

 

Policies, Guidance and Information

SEN Admissions to JCoSS – PSRP or Main School

Please click on the link below for information regarding SEN admissions:

From September 2014 a Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice became statutory for all schools.

All schools and local authorities have a legal duty to publish details of their provision for pupils with SEND.

Please click on the links below for the SEND Provisions document and our SEND Policy: