The Oval Primary School

The Oval School

Appropriate and Effective Teaching and Learning

All school staff will receive appropriate training so they have the knowledge and confidence to support children’s needs.

At The Oval School we hold a weekly staff meeting. These are used to ensure staff have up-to-date knowledge to teach children of all abilities. Sometimes training is run by specialists e.g. Epipen training or training by a member of the Communication and Autism Team.

We use the following to support children with additional needs to become independent learners:

  • Interventions
  • One to one or small group support
  • ASD/ ADHD small group work
  • Adapted tasks and resources


Teaching and support staff will be able to accurately assess the level that the children are working at and differentiate the curriculum

We use a range of criteria and evidence to help us identify the level children are working at. This might include:

  • Checking the words children can read and spell independently
  • Moderating writing together
  • Making observations, particularly regarding speaking and listening and emotional needs
  • Use of tests, where appropriate . This helps teachers to plan work for all children to make progress. The work and support will be different for different groups of children.
  • Children’s work is regularly looked at by the Senior Leadership team.


A range of resources will be available in all learning areas to support children who are operating at different levels.

These are identified on children’s Individual Teaching Plans. 

Our reading books, in class and to take home, are book banded so that they are at the right level for your child to make progress.

We have a range of ICT equipment including laptops, cameras and recording equipment to support children recording their work in different ways across the school environment.

Positions of tables and chairs are always considered for children with physical, hearing or sight impairment.

Our working walls have examples of teacher models and vocabulary to support independent learning.

Children are encouraged to talk with partners or in small groups to develop their ideas, reason and articulate before recording them.


Our Individual Target Plans identify the types of need a child may have.

Where necessary, resources will be available to support the learning of children who have significant communication and interaction needs. 

We work with the Communication and Autism Team. A member of the team visits school to observe, assess and offer advice on ways to support children with autism.

We can provide individual workstations for pupils who require them within class.

All our staff have had specific training on ASD and ADHD.


Where necessary, resources will be available to support the learning of children who have significant needs with cognition and learning.

We work with the Pupil and School Support (Sarah Smith). A member of the team visits to observe, assess and offer advice on ways to support children experiencing difficulty with reading and writing.  

Children with an Education and Health Care Plane (EHCP) are reviewed on a six month cycle with a team of outside agencies.


Where necessary, resources will be available to support the learning of children who have significant social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

We work with City of Birmingham School, who provide support for pupils who have difficulty in managing their behaviour.

Our staff are TeamTeach trained, so that we understand how to safely diffuse a situation.

We run social skills groups across the school to support children who can find social situations difficult The school will provide support for children if they need support with managing their own behaviour and/or to build up skills and confidence in dealing with social situations.

We have a set of sanctions and rewards, as set out in our Behaviour Policy to encourage children to make the right choices. This is consistent across the school. Our Behaviour Policy can be found on the school website. 

Miss Burns is our Behaviour co-ordinator. She works with pupils and families to support their emotional, health and well-being.


Where necessary, resources will be available to support the needs of children with sensory or physical needs. 

We work with the physical, visual and hearing impairment teams. When necessary we liaise with physiotherapy to implement an individual exercise programme. Members of the teams visit to observe, assess and offer advice on ways to support children.

We have strong links with local primary schools catering for children with physical disabilities.


The school will try to make sure that children with additional needs and their families are able to take part fully in school trips and social events. 

Children with additional needs participate in after school clubs. You just have to apply!

The school curriculum includes trips out to enrich the experiences children have. Our risk assessments are inclusive of SEND children and one to one adult support is provided, should this be required.

All our SEND children are encouraged to participate in extra curricular activities, i.e.

Football Club Cooking Classes
Gymnastics Chess Club
ICT Club

Parents are consulted regarding specific needs, including those children with medical needs, so that all children have a safe and enjoyable experience.

All children participate in their class assemblies and other performances, such as musical performances.

When we have outside theatre companies in to perform, the additional needs of pupils are considered. Whenever possible, all children join in unless participation, especially around noise level, may cause the child distress and anxiety. We will provide these children with alternative provision.