How does the school know if pupils need extra help?

(Updated July 2019) 

All pupils at Sutton CE (VC) Primary School are regularly assessed both formally (through assessments like SATs, PM Benchmark Reading assessment) and informally (through teacher and teaching assistant observations, conversations with children and the marking of work done in lessons). These assessments help to build up a picture of the progress that each child is making. Each term meetings are held between the Key Stage teams, Headteacher and the SENCo. At these meetings the progress being made by each child is discussed, with a focus on those making less progress than expected. Ways to support the learning of these children are then investigated and later implemented.

If a child’s lack of progress is a concern, the class teacher will always inform the child’s parent/carer and when appropriate the child themselves, discussing how the school aims to provide additional support or intervention and how parents/carers can help at home.

The school breaks down provision for all pupils into 4 waves so that progress and provision can be monitored.

Wave 1

  • At Sutton CE (VC) we believe all children should receive high quality teaching where reasonable adjustments are made to ensure every child progresses to reach their full potential. We  aim for all children at the school receive this provision.

Wave 2

  • When children are not making the expected progress they will move to wave 2, where teachers will begin an Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle. This is a support plan that both you and your child will asked to contribute to. The teacher will put into place strategies and short term interventions. These will be closely monitored by the class teacher and Mrs Wallace (SENCO) will be  consulted before they have move to Wave 2.


Wave 3

  • If a child is still not progressing despite wave 1 and 2 provision it will become necessary to move them to Wave 3.  Mrs Wallace will discuss with the class teacher and you as parents to complete more in depth assessment of need. Specialist involvement may be considered at this point. Further interventions will be used which will be monitored by Mrs Wallace. The Assess, Plan, Do, Review cycle (learning plan) will continue but will now be reviewed at least half termly.
Wave 4
  • Children move to wave 4 when the provision needed for that pupil needs to be highly personalised and closely monitored. There will likely to be involvement from specialist support and outside services at this point. It is usually at this point that Education, Health Care Plan application would begin to be made. This is a plan that allows the school to access extra resources to support your child's education.
With all 4 waves it is important to remember that children can move waves depending on their progress. We aim to keep you informed of this throughout your child's schooling. If you have any further questions please speak to your child's class teacher or contact Mrs Wallace.