Early Intervention Programme
What is the EIP?
Sandgate School is a Special School in Kendal. We are offering the Early Intervention Programme (E.I.P) to support students attending settings within our geographical area. This includes private nurseries who will feed into local Primary Schools.
The EIP will take referrals from a staff team who require additional support or strategies when working with a specific child. A setting can refer themselves to the E.I.P team, who will then follow a structured process in order to provide additional progress for the child.
The link to begin the referral process can be found by clicking here
The programme will include the following stages, run by E.I.P staff-
Collection of data and consents to share data
An observation of the child
Discussions with school staff
Supply of resources/signposting to additional advice/support
Suggested CPD or observing in Sandgate school to develop understanding of a strategy
The E.I.P package is currently available for children in KCP and SLURP schools and associated Early Years provisions. Staff from Sandgate will work alongside the setting to develop and help to implement a package of support.
Support can be delivered flexibly over any time period. Staff from both schools will understand the process and timescales by using the Handbook which explains every stage and detail of the programme.
By offering additional targeted supported to staff and children, the outcomes for the child are more likely to be achieved and they will be able to function more effectively in their school setting. As staff knowledge and professional development increases, we will also see a swell in expertise in the schools, supporting the wellbeing of staff and students alike.
The EIP handbook is linked below:
Additional COVID Helpline Service
In order to manage individual needs quickly and to avoid the need for staff to visit school settings the EIP are currently offering a HELPLINE SERVICE.
This can be accessed by sending an email to email@example.com. Staff will then follow this up with an initial telephone call.
Staff will talk through student’s needs and offer telephone support. This may involve:
- Making and sending out individual resources such as visual supports
- Signposting staff to additional resources and services.
- Support with devising Positive Behaviour Plans and helping to implement these.
- Reviewing IEP’s
If a full referral and follow up visit is necessary staff can arrange this.
EIP COVID Safe Working Practices
We recognise that the current situation will be presenting schools with a number of challenges.
We are aware that many students will be struggling with the return to school and may need additional support to manage their needs; particularly around behaviours for learning and well being.
EIP staff are now able to return to their work in schools. We will be following our own COVID risk assessments and also adhering to the referral school’s policy. This includes such measures as :
- Santising bags and equipment before entering the school.
- Regular and ongoing hand washing/ hand santising .
- Following social distancing requirements in line with individual schools policy .
- Wearing of face coverings or other PPE as required.
- Sharing of records using digital formats rather than paper copies
- Schools to share their own Covid Risk Assessments/ Protocol before any school visit takes place.
- Conducting initial information gathering and follow up meetings via telephone calls or TEAMS meetings.
Below is a link to the Sandgate School Covid risk assessment and protocol.
Government Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
This information provides further information on the steps needed to ensure children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can return to full time provision.
Please click the image below for the full government guidance.
Returning to School - COVID-19