Cognition and Learning Team (CALT)

The Cognition and Learning Team is an advisory service available to mainstream schools (Primary and Secondary) in West Berkshire.  It is a traded service.  The service provides advice, training, guidance and support for schools, working in partnership with staff.  In particular the team work with SENCOs to support the development of SEN provision within the school with a focus on staff development and promoting positive outcomes for pupils.

 The team members are all qualified teachers and have experience of working as a SENCO and hold additional postgraduate qualifications in SEN.

 The work can include:

 Regular visits to support the SENCO in identifying development in SEN provision and practice in their school

  • Training – for SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants
  • Contribute to the CPD of staff with a focus on the development of skills knowledge and practice in relation to SEN
  • Observation – of staff to support the monitoring of SEN provision within the school
  • Observation – of pupils to identify strengths and  difficulties
  • Literacy and Numeracy Assessments where the development and acquisition of literacy and/or numeracy are concerns
  • Observation of a pupil’s motor skills where motor difficulties are a concern
  • Involvement in multi professional meetings

Who to contact

Contact Name
Sue Whiting
Contact Position
CALT Co-ordinator
Telephone
01635 503646
E-mail
sue.whiting@westberks.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
West Street House
Address
West Street
Newbury
Berkshire
Postcode
RG14 1BZ
Notes

The team work in West Berkshire’s maintained schools and also academies in the West Berkshire area.

The team deliver training in schools and also in training venues across West Berkshire.

Other settings and organisations can approach the team for advice or training, there is likely to be a charge for this work.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday - Friday
Time of day
Afternoon
Morning

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

Referrals for assessment must be:

  1. for pupils aged between 5 and 16 years.
  2. made following at least one cycle of identification and support as described in the SEN Code of Practice 2014 (Assess, Plan, Do, Review)
  • Assess: referrals for assessment include evidence of pupil achieving significantly below age related expectations
  • Plan: referrals for assessment must include evidence of the planning and provision of intervention identifying desired outcomes. 
  • Do: referrals for assessment include evidence of school implementing a period of intervention (of at least a term or 12 weeks) with a focus on identified desired outcomes
  • Review: referrals for assessment must include evidence of school reviewing and evaluating intervention against identified outcomes
  1. for pupils who have not made adequate progress following school planned intervention.

Local Offer

Description

The Cognition and Learning Team is an advisory service available tomainstream schools and academies (Primary and Secondary) in West Berkshire.  The service provides advice, training, guidance and support for schools, working in partnership with staff.  In particular, the team work with SENCOs to support the development of SEN provision within the school with a focus on staff development and promoting positive outcomes for pupils.  The team provides a Free Core service to all schools, and a Core Service Plus.  If schools choose the Free Core level of service, they can purchase additional support from the team on a ‘pay as you go’ basis.  The Core Service Plus package provides additional support and services to these schools.

The team members are all qualified teachers, have experience of working as a SENCO and hold additional postgraduate qualifications in SEN.

Dependent on the level of service a school opts for, the services provided  can include:

  • Regular visits to support the SENCO in identifying development in SEN provision and practice in their school
  • Training – for SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants
  • Contribute to the CPD of staff with a focus on the development of skills knowledge and practice in relation to SEN
  • Observation – of staff to support the monitoring of SEN provision within the school
  • Observation – of pupils to identify strengths and  difficulties
  • Literacy and Numeracy Assessments where the development and acquisition of literacy and/or numeracy are concerns
  • Observation of a pupil’s motor skills where motor difficulties are a concern.
  • Involvement in multi professional meetings
Contact Name
Karen Bartlett
Contact Telephone
01635503646
Contact Email
learningsupportteam@westberks.gov.uk
SEN Provision Type
Specific Literacy Difficulties, Moderate Learning Difficulties
Local Offer Age Bands
5 to 7
7 to 11
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18

General Provider

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

Referrals for assessment must be: 1. for pupils aged between 5 and 16 years 2. made following at least one cycle of identification and support as described in the SEN Code of Practice 2014 (Assess, Plan, Do, Review) •Assess: referrals for assessment include evidence of pupil achieving significantly below age related expectations •Plan: referrals for assessment must include evidence of the planning and provision of intervention identifying desired outcomes. •Do: referrals for assessment include evidence of school implementing a period of intervention (of at least a term or 12 weeks) with a focus on identified desired outcomes •Review: referrals for assessment must include evidence of school reviewing and evaluating intervention against identified outcomes 3. for pupils who have not made adequate progress following school planned intervention.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

School SENCOs make referrals for assessments following: •Discussion with parent/carer and parental permission for assessment •Discussion with Cognition and Learning Team Advisory Teacher •Completion of appropriate referral form

What is your service standard for responding to referrals/accessing services? (include timescales for responding to referrals and accessing services)

If a request for a meeting, training or other support is made the service will agree a timescale for undertaking the work with the school and will strive to deliver this in a reasonable timescale. This is subject to the team's capacity and work load. If a pupil assessment is agreed, this is completed within 6 weeks of receiving the referral, and the assessment report is sent to the school within 2 weeks of the assessment being completed.

Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
No
Inspection outcomes/quality awards

Local Authority Inspections.

Feedback and complaints procedure

Initial concerns should initially be discussed with the member of staff from the Cognition and Learning Team, or raised with the team’s coordinator or the Learning Support Services Manager.

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

All staff are DBS checked and attend regular training on safeguarding

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