Mrs Allen is our school ALNco (Additional Learning Needs Coordinator) and Support Teacher. In Mrs Allen’s Owl Classroom, children come in a small group or as an individual to have some additional targeted support with either Mrs Allen or Mrs Simpson (specialist ALN TA). This could be extra literacy help, support with speech and language difficulties, help with coordination or emotional / nurture support. At Gowerton Primary School, we see each pupil as an individual. Help and support is tailored to make sure we are meeting their specific needs. Below is some information you might find useful.

My Child has an IEP. What is an IEP?

An IEP (Individual Education Plan) is sheet of targets that have been set for your child so we are all aware of what is being targeted, how your child is being targeted and by whom. At Gowerton Primary School, we set, review and send home 3 IEPs a year. We really value parental views and parents / carers are invited to come into school to discuss the IEP and to have input regarding the targets set. Please inform your class teacher if you would like to come in or let us know using the IEP acknowledgement form that comes with your IEP.

How is dyslexia targeted?

Gowerton Primary School is the first Primary in Swansea to have received Dyslexia Leading Status and the new Dyslexia Leading Schools Award. This means that staff have received dyslexia training and make sure that all lessons, tasks and activities are dyslexia friendly and multisensory. There is lots to do, lots to see and lots to hear to cater for all learning styles. Therefore if your child is experiencing dyslexia type difficulties, their needs are being catered for in the mainstream classroom.

What is multisensory practice?

Multisensory practice ensures that children are given the opportunity to use a variety of senses to access the curriculum. We all learn in different ways, some of us need to listen to learn (auditory learners), some need to see to learn (visual learners) and others need to do to learn (kinaesthetic learners). By making lessons multisensory, all learners are catered for.

My child has a Speech and/or Language Problem. How is this addressed?

We have a range of early identification tools that help identify children who are having difficulty with speech and / or language difficulties. If you child is identified as requiring support, Mrs Blundell (Specialist Speech and Language TA) will arrange a meeting with you to discuss your child’s provision. This could mean your child has additional help in school or may need a further referral to the Speech and Language Department at Central Clinic. If you have any concerns, you are welcome to speak to Mrs Allen or Mrs Blundell.

There are procedures laid down by the local education authority which are designed to help you and your child get the support needed. If you have any concerns about your child or have any questions, please phone the school to make an appointment, I will be happy to meet with you. We are here to help.