DSP – Developmental Language Disorders
Green Lane Primary School has a 12 place designated special provision (DSP) for children with Developmental Language Disorders.
This is an inclusive provision and children can be referred at any stage of the primary school. However, early identification and entry are most favourable in order to maximise progress. All children attending the DSP have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Some children may stay at Green Lane for the duration of the primary school phase whilst others may return to their local primary school. Most children will remain at the school for a minimum of two years. The duration will depend on the type and severity of speech and language difficulties.
All children are supported in class but each child will be encouraged to work independently when they are able to. Again, this will vary according to the needs of individual children.
The DSP is managed by a specialist teacher who works closely with teaching and Learning partners as well as two Speech and Language Therapists who work in the DSP for 3 days a week. The DSP staff form part of a team with class teachers, outside agencies and families.
Each child is formally assessed by a Speech and Language Therapist on entry to the DSP. Informal baseline classroom assessments also help staff to establish a clear starting point for the children. The children continue to have ongoing assessments in order to show progress and evaluate the effectiveness of different interventions and strategies. Like all children throughout the school, DSP children will receive assessment levels at the end of every term. Their levels are recorded on CASPA graphs so that all small steps of progress can be clearly seen.
Following assessments, children have small targets which all members of the child’s team including parents are aware of. This ensures that children are helped in every aspect of their daily lives to achieve progress.
Each child will have an annual review of their EHCP as well as at least two more meetings to discuss progress. Parents and relevant outside agencies will be invited to these meetings. Parents are always welcome to request a meeting at any time if there are particular issues that they would like to discuss.
The DSP and wider school staff use a wide range of specialist strategies including Makaton signing, colour and shape coding, Cued Articulation and structured monitoring of children’s levels of understanding language. The school promotes a growth mindset as the most effective approach to learning. Children are encouraged to embrace new activities and challenges, always have a try and view mistakes as an important part of any learning journey.
All DSP children receive support to access the curriculum and most children are able to do this, within their year group, with appropriate differentiation. Green Lane does provide a wealth of activities for children and there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning. Children go on many educational visits each term. These usually support the curriculum at the time and many target children’s physical skills and developing confidence eg gorge scrambling, caving and hiking.
Additionally the DSP children do have a termly visit to specifically target their communication skills in real life. For example, children may be required to order food in a café or ask for railway tickets or shopping independently.