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Reach! is a small class of pupils (currently five Y2 pupils). Its composition is carefully  thought-out to create a balanced and functional group. Reach! is designed to be a place where children can feel safe and secure and therefore develop their individual needs further. Its purpose is to offer children opportunities to re-visit early learning skills and promote and support their social and emotional development. However, at its core, Reach! is a place of learning.



What is Reach! all about?

Over the next year, we hope Reach! will provide a focused intervention for children with particular social, emotional and cognitive difficulties which are creating a barrier to independent learning within a mainstream classroom.

Reach! will assess learning and social and emotional needs and will provide children with strategies that are needed to remove the barriers to learning. The relationship between the two Reach! staff will always be nurturing and supportive, providing a role model for children. They will offer lots of opportunities for social learning, helping children to attend to the needs of others, with time to listen and be listened to.

Reach! will make a considerable difference to the behaviour and the social skills of the pupils who attend. Through intensive, well-structured teaching and support, pupils will learn to manage their own behaviour, to build positive relationships with adults and with other pupils and to develop strategies to help them cope with their emotions.

Reach! will have a clearly defined, positive but firm approach to the way in which they teach the pupils, giving them clear boundaries, praising them for their efforts and achievements, and ensuring that they made academic progress. Each pupil will be treated as an individual and planned and implemented additional support will be set accordingly.

Reach! will ensure that the pupils make progress in their academic learning and that this has an equally high profile as the development of their social, emotional and behavioural skills. It will be agreed where and by whom each element of each child’s EHCP provision will be taught. This will ensure that gaps do not emerge in the pupils’ learning.

As the children begin to learn academically and socially, we hope that they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving at WCLA.

Finally, Reach! will offer parents practical support, including strategies that they could use at home with their children. Parents will therefore feel more confident about being able to help their children.

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