Buckinghamshire Traded Services

Cognition and Learning

Cognition and Learning

Specialist Teachers support schools to meet the needs of their pupils (statutory school age upwards) with specific and general learning difficulties. This can include pupils with Dyslexia, Developmental Co-ordination Difficulties (DCD) and Maths difficulties as well as associated difficulties such as ADHD and language difficulties.

Cognition and Learning Specialist Teachers work with SENCos, class teachers, and teaching assistants as well as directly with pupils in schools.

Annual Packages & Support Options

We are committed to delivering the high-quality support schools need in order to make a difference in the achievement and learning of pupils with SEN. Our services include:

  • Consultative support for SENCos.
  • Advice Sessions for teachers / TAs within schools
  • Bespoke Training sessions tailored to suit schools’ needs.
  • Pupil assessments – initial/progress.
  • Testing for Access Arrangements for GCSE / GCE.
  • Intervention modelling and monitoring.

Assessment Packages

Full Assessment:

This is suitable for children and young people who are having greater difficulties in several areas and are struggling to make progress despite quality first teaching and initial interventions.

The full assessment report provides a more thorough investigation of a child / young person’s learning needs and includes:

  • views of staff and parents will be requested in writing as appropriate
  • standardised testing
  • observations
  • discussion with child / young person
  • recommendations
  • suggested targeted interventions to inform next steps/SEN Support Plans

Cost: £427.50 per assessment

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GCSE/GCE Exam Access Arrangement Assessments:

Schools will receive advice on the most appropriate access arrangements for identified students to support schools/settings in helping students achieve their full potential in GCSE / GCE exams.

This includes the Completion of Part C of Form 8 by the Specialist Teacher.

Cost: £100 per hour Approximate times 45 – 90 mins per student

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*Please note: A Shop4Support log-in is needed to access the booking area. Only your School Bursar or Business Manager are able to book courses for their staff and complete the payment at the same time. Our Specialist Teacher Business Support Team is unable to support with booking courses. Please speak to your School Bursar or Business Manager concerning this, thank you.

SEND Support

It is recognised that schools need access to early intervention and support, and we will work with schools so that we can provide this early support. As part of our Tiered Approach to supporting schools, Specialist Teachers will provide the early intervention, assessment, and advice for pupils on SEND Support and those with EHC plans. In Wycombe and Aylesbury this is in the form of monthly Advice Sessions. In Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire support can be accessed via the SEND Request Form.

To access support for pupils on SEND Support please visit the appropriate hub page:

Aylesbury (SchoolsWeb)

Chiltern and South Bucks (SchoolsWeb)

Wycombe (SchoolsWeb)

Frequently Asked Questions

How many assessments are included in a package?

An assessment is 4.5 hours; therefore 1 full assessment is included in 1 package.

Aside from assessments, how can I use the Cognition and Learning Specialist Teachers to support pupils?

It is recognised that schools need access to early intervention and support, and we will work with schools so that we can provide this early support. As part of our Tiered Approach to supporting schools, Specialist Teachers will provide the early intervention, assessment, and advice for pupils on SEND Support and those with EHC plans. Contact sts@buckinghamshire.gov.ukto discuss bespoke support.

What types of Access Arrangement assessments can I buy from Cognition and Learning?

Most commonly we are asked to carry out GCSE Access Arrangement assessments from Year 9 summer term onwards Most commonly, the Access Arrangements we assess for are for readers, scribes or extra time. The school is responsible for sending the Form 8 (Section A and B completed) to sts@buckinghamshire.gov.uka week before the assessment date.

How long does it take to complete assessments for Access Arrangements?

This varies from one student to another depending on how much testing needs to be completed. We typically suggest allowing between 60 and 90 minutes per student for access arrangements. Occasionally more time may be needed if the student has particularly complex needs. Our minimum visit time is 3 hours in school.

 

 

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