Personal Learning Plan

How we create a Personal Learning Plan

The aim of our provision is to identify and assess the SEND and to plan the provision needed for each young person to achieve his or her best at Testwood.

How is the decision made about the type and how much support my child will receive?

Some SEND young people may need extra support to achieve their learning potential.  If this is the case then this is what we will do.

We will arrange a meeting with the young person and their parents to talk about what is needed to put together a Testwood Personal Learning Plan.  Before the PLP can be drawn up we will need to gather the following information:

  • The young person’s views and what he or she wants to achieve on their learning journey at Testwood
  • The views of the parents and what they would like to see as an outcome from their child’s time at Testwood
  • A school based learning assessment.
  • Current and expected levels of attainment.

We will meet again and look at all this information and then, together, a Personal Learning Plan will be drawn up.  The PLP will include outcomes, so everyone at the meeting will have something to do to help the young person on their learning journey.  We will set a review date in the meeting.  This will give us time to work together to achieve the agreed outcomes.

Some SEND young people may need support from professionals outside of the school setting to achieve a successful learning journey.  If this is the case then those views will be considered in drawing up a Testwood Personal Learning Plan.

This will mean there will be more people at the planning meeting, but everybody will have something to do to help the young person be successful on their learning journey. Using Personal Learning Plans we are able to develop support plans to help families who have asked for our help to support their child because he or she is failing to make good learning progress.  There are many reasons why this may be happening and we are able to offer advice or support to the family depending on their needs.  This has been very successful.

Education and Healthcare Plan (EHC Plan)

The EHC Plan will replace the Statement of Educational Needs. It will include in one document:

Special education provision, health provision and social care provision.

Hampshire SEN department will be responsible for the EHC Plan and reviews will be held in college at least once a year to make sure that everything is fine.

Students who currently have a Statement of Educational Needs will continue to be provided with support to meet the objectives in part B. Part B gives details of the special provision needed to help your child make progress and achieve their targets.

Early Help Assessments

In order to help your son/ daughter achieve their learning potential we may ask your permission to complete an Early Help Assessment. A member of staff, who is known to you, will ask you to provide information about your child and your family and in your presence will fill in the assessment. We will only include information that you tell the member of staff. The assessment will provide an overview of your family and will help us to decide together what we need to organise next.   The assessment is a confidential document and will not be shared with anyone unless you have given your permission to do so.

Families have found this is a good experience, often bringing back happy or funny memories from their child’s younger days. They have also found that the agreed referral to appropriate agencies has helped them to support their child to be successful at Testwood.

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