School Improvement Advice and Support - Primary, Secondary and Special
The School Improvement Service provides:
• Advice, support and challenge to school leaders and governors;
• Support for schools’ self-evaluation to enable continued improvement;
• Knowledge of good and outstanding practice both within Bristol and at national level.
Educational Psychology Service
The Inclusion Service comprises experienced Educational Psychologists (EPs) and trainee Educational Psychologists. The service supports the Local Authority schools and families to be able to meet the education and developmental needs of all children and young people aged 0-25 living in Bristol. The Inclusion Service works to support vulnerable groups through consultation, training, assessment and needs analysis leading to intervention, whole-school projects and work at an individual level with children, key staff and families. The Inclusion Service promotes Standard Inclusive Practice/Quality First Teaching in addition to a graduated response to promoting inclusion and individual needs.
The Inclusion Service is committed to developing an inclusive education system where every child and young person can achieve. The Inclusion Service is able to offer consultations to help with substantial learning and behaviour difficulties, advice and guidance and training for school staff.
The Inclusion Service offers consultation, advice and training on how schools and carers can help children learn effectively. Consultation is a collaborative conversation between the psychologist and significant adult/s (for example, parent and teacher) that seeks to develop an understanding of and solutions to, perceived difficulties.
The team contributes to consultation by using their experience and knowledge of child development, problem solving and the
psychology of teaching and learning and organisational processes, families and systems.
It promotes a ‘plan’, ‘do’, ‘review’ cycle in which there is an appropriate analysis of the concerns and agreement informing interventions to be put in place, a review of the effectiveness of the interventions after the appropriate time (usually
6-8 weeks) and a refining of next steps in light of the review.
The service has expertise in a range of therapeutic approaches and experience in
developing the confidence of staff in setting up appropriate interventions and structures/provisions to meet the needs of all pupils and in managing behaviour to promote inclusive practice.
It is able to offer advice and support for teachers and support staff on planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions for individual or groups of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
In line with recommendations from the 0-25 SEND code of practice (May 2015), the service is able to support schools and individuals in promoting effective whole schools practice and appropriate graduated responses to individual needs.
All members of the service are trained in accessing the voice of the child, co-construction and partnership work.
Teaching and Learning Consultants
The Teaching and Learning Consultants (TLCs) provide support, advice and challenge to schools and academies to improve the quality of teaching, learning and assessment.
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