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Supporting schools to offer an Enhanced Learning Provision for Students with SEND

As part of the Council’s commitment to promoting an effective and inclusive approach to education, a number of schools are being supported to develop an Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP). This approach supports children to stay within their local community.

The transition to secondary school from primary school represents a significant shift in environment for all children, but particularly so for those identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

An ELP sits within a mainstream secondary school and delivers tailored and high-quality teaching to pupils with SEND who are working at very low curriculum levels or who may have other identified needs which makes them more vulnerable than their peers at transition. An ELP uses skilled teachers with additional training and experience and small groups to maximise achievement and progress primarily in core subjects, while supporting these pupils to access the wider mainstream curriculum alongside their peers.

Building on success

Teacher with student

In 2022, the Council began successful trials of the ELP model at Holyrood Academy and Wadham School. Year 7 Students have been attending the ELP as part of their timetable and feedback from the teaching teams, parents and pupils themselves has been extremely positive.

Pupils learning in a classroom

The Council will be working with more middle and secondary schools in Somerset to further develop additional ELPs to become established in September 2023 and also some in September 2024.

Current provision

ELPs are established in the following schools:

You can find out more information about each offer within the school’s SEN Information Report.

Last reviewed: November 13, 2023 by Gemma

Next review due: May 13, 2024

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