The ELP at Applegarth Academy is a provision to support children with Developmental Language Disorder to successfully learn language and access the curriculum.
It is a specialist provision attached to the mainstream school, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive learning environment where every child can thrive academically and personally.
Our intent is clear:
We aim to provide tailored, evidence-based support and interventions to children with DLD and whenever possible, enable reintegration of the children into a mainstream setting.
We have created a nurturing and inclusive environment where every child can flourish academically, socially, and emotionally. Our commitment to excellence extends to every child.
We recognise the unique challenges they face in their language development and therefore our primary goals for this provision are as follows:
Inclusivity: We are dedicated to ensuring that all students, regardless of their language abilities, have equal access to high-quality education. We believe that diversity is our strength, and we strive to create an inclusive school community where every child feels valued and accepted.
Specialised Support: Our Enhanced Learning Provision approach is adapted to suit the needs of children with DLD. Learning takes place in small groups and is highly visual and practical. The ELP delivers an outstanding learning provision in a highly language aware environment.
Speech and Language Therapy: NHS Speech and Language Therapist Service provides intensive support and speech therapy in small groups and also on a 1:1 basis. ELP staff work closely with this team to ensure consistency and monitor and evaluate progress.
Staff Expertise: Staff in the ELP have the skills and knowledge necessary to support students with DLD effectively. We also offer support and training so all our academy educators so they are well equipped to successfully support children with DLD within their classrooms.
Collaboration: We recognise that supporting children with DLD requires a collaborative effort involving teachers, specialists, parents, and caregivers. We will foster open communication and partnership to ensure the best outcomes for our students.
Progress Monitoring: We will regularly assess and monitor the progress of students in our DLD Enhanced Learning Provision to adjust interventions and support as needed, ensuring that each child reaches their full potential.
Awareness and Advocacy: We will actively promote awareness and understanding of DLD within our school community and beyond. We aim to reduce the barriers to success associated with language disorders and advocate for the rights and needs of children with DLD.