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Packages of Care(POC) refers to the combination of support and/or therapy made available to students at Pro Education. We are committed to providing the best possible services. We have developed the POC approach by using current best practice guidelines for clinicians and specialists working in school settings. Research suggests that therapy outcomes are best achieved when they are integrated into the school day, and supported by trained teaching staff. The ultimate goal of our interventions is generalisation, this is the independent application of skills taught, across all setting. We believe the holistic approach of POC will help us to achieve generalisation with our students therapy goals, as skills are practiced with multiple people across multiple environments.
We therefore deliver interventions individually, in pairs or groups, additionally, the specialists teach or co-teach some classes. By delivering therapy in groups and by co-teaching, specialists are able to up-skill our dedicated teaching staff, leading to the implementation of therapy strategies across the entire teaching day. This optimises their input with our students, and results in the majority of our School community benefiting from the Specialist Support Team.
How do you build my child's Package of Care ?
Every child is different, so why would their Package of Care (POC) be the same? We identify each students strengths and needs, and then begin to build an appropriate, individualised POC.
The information below outlines how students are supported at each level:
Universal refers to all students.
Targeted refers to students with some difficulties.
Specialist refers to students who require a comprehensive level of support.
Each POC consists a combination of services from these levels. The level of support may vary, depending on a students level of need, and we ensure that our services can remain flexible, as we know that circumstances can regularly change. The POC can increase or decrease depending on the current needs of the student. When a child is having difficulties, whether they are academic, social-emotional or related to their diagnosis, we know that early intervention is key. Pro Education is committed to intervening as soon as possible, to ensure your child's education stays on track, and they are able to exceed their potential.
The Universal Support Services
In line with our Packages of Care, ProEducation is committed to providing an excellent level of education to all children. Teachers at ProEducation receive regular training through professional development programmes from our onsite Specialists to ensure we provide Quality First Teaching in the classrooms. In addition to this, all parents in the school are supported through workshops and have access to the school counsellor. Finally, we are providing a high teacher to student ratio, to ensure individualised teaching strategies are implemented in the classroom. Classes may be taught by a specialist, e.g. PSHE can be taught by the school counsellor. Some classes may be co-taught e.g. a topic based lesson such as Geography, may have SLT support to help teach specific vocabulary.
The Targeted Support Services
When a parent or teacher believes that the Universal support is not sufficient for a particular student, they are invited to complete a Student Concern Form and Specialist Screening Form to identify the student’s areas of need. This student is then discussed by the Specialist Support Team and an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) may be developed following a classroom observation. Students identified through this process, may access a group for therapy (OT, SLT and counselling) Additional support may be provided such as English and Math Support or English as a Second Language (ESL). Where these concerns cannot be addressed by our team of specialists, a recommendation may be made for the student to see an Educational Psychologist for an assessment of their learning abilities.
The Specialist Support Services
Specialists Services may be accessed by students with identified learning needs. In addition, students who arrive at the school with a report from other professionals (e.g. Education Psychologists) will be considered for this level of support at the discretion of the Specialists. Students with a higher level of need, may access 1:1, group and classroom based interventions, depending on their needs and the targets set by the specialist. To find out more about what these specialists do, please see the Specialist Services page.
Counselling services may be accessed by means of parent, teacher or self-referral, with the ultimate discretion of the therapist for entry and continuation of counselling services. These may be delivered as 1:1, paired or group therapy sessions. We also offer drop-in sessions, so students can be supported if a novel situation arises. Speech and Language & Occupational Therapy Services may be accessed by means of parent or teacher referral. The package of care provided is at the discretion of the therapist. This may include direct therapy in a 1:1, paired or group context, direct therapy within a classroom or alternatively, indirect therapy may be delivered through a trained member of staff.
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