The Enhanced Learning Provision (ELP) for Speech and Language at Applegarth Academy, provides high quality specialist teaching and intensive speech and language therapy for children with specific Speech and Language Impairments. Below are links to documents for parents.
The aim of the ELP is to enable the reintegration of the children, wherever possible, into a mainstream setting. The ELP aims to deliver an outstanding learning provision in a language rich environment.
The children in the ELP are taught in age specific groups. Each group has a specialist teacher and a specialist teaching assistant. The children in the ELP are on the school role at Applegarth Academy and are part of a mainstream class. NHS Speech and Language Therapist(s) and a Speech and Language Therapy Assistant provide intensive support and speech therapy in small groups and also on a 1:1 basis. Being part of Applegarth Academy ensures that the inclusion links between the children in the ELP and the Academy are highly valued. Links between the Academy and the ELP prepare and develop the necessary skills needed, should the child be ready to transition back into their local mainstream school.
The children in the ELP follow a highly differentiated and modified National Curriculum, so that each child’s individual needs are met. The professionals work closely together to ensure focused and specific targets are set to meet the child’s developmental and educational needs. Each child has their specific needs identified and planned for in their Individual Education Plan.
Within the ELP, opportunities to encourage speaking and listening skills are prioritised and incorporated throughout the curriculum.
The children’s understanding and learning is supported through the use of visual and sensory resources alongside the signing systems, Paget Gorman, Makaton and Cued- articulation. Shape Coding is also used throughout the ELP and helps to develop the children’s spoken and written language.
The use of language is encouraged through structured therapy sessions, but also through the use of social skills groups, drama activities and Circle Time sessions. The targeted use of drama activities and role play areas encourage speech and language development and children also follow active listening programmes to support listening and attention.
Criteria for entry
The ELP is a suitable provision for children with:
- A severe and specific speech and language disorder.
- Difficulties with learning as a result of their speech and/or language disorder.
- Non-verbal cognitive skills that are within the average range but with a significant discrepancy between verbal and non-verbal abilities.
- No primary emotional and behavioural difficulties
Children are referred to the ELP if there is joint agreement between the Educational Psychologist and the Speech and Language Therapist that the child meets the above criteria. All admissions are processed by Croydon Local Authority.
Parents are encouraged to transport their children to and from the school where possible. The Local Authority are responsible for and arrange transport for families that live a distance from the ELP.