Federation of Abbey Schools use SNAP-SpLD

We started using SNAP-SpLD this academic year to improve the progress of identified underperforming groups. The aims of using SNAP-SpLD were to improve early intervention for children that are underperforming, as well as improving the quality of interventions that are carried out for SEND children and children who are underperforming.

During the Spring term, we have been trialling SNAP-SpLD with four children across the key stages. The resource has been used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of children that are underperforming. From using the information that the programme provides; the class teachers have selected an intervention to trial.

Feedback from other members of staff

Teaching Assistant: "He always tries his best during his interventions and he focuses during that time. I think he enjoys his sessions and never says he doesn't want to do this. He's very happy to do his activities. I can see he is bringing some of the things he has learnt in the classroom."

Teacher: "He settles much quicker in lessons. He manages to sit still for longer and I can see a huge impact on this emotional well-being."

The interventions pictured above show commando crawling, activities to develop core stomach muscles, throwing and catching, and marching through ladders to support early development movement.

SNAP-SpLD creates a school report based on the data inputted by the class teacher and this is extremely helpful in providing extra information that can be done as part of quality first teaching and requires little time or cost to provide. Some of the suggestions included appropriate places for the children to sit within the class, support with dressing, PE and outdoor skills and other support strategies.

Some teachers also opted to send home the parent questionnaire, as well as getting the child to complete the What I Feel Questionnaire. This information has been effective in creating a triangulation approach allowing all parties to be included in the assessment. 

During the Summer term, we will be reviewing the children’s progress that have been following interventions suggested by SNAP-SpLD. I personally like that the review information is integrated into the initial Core Profile, allowing me to see the child’s progress at a glance.

I would recommend SNAP to other schools due to the simple, effective way of identifying the children’s strengths and weaknesses and the numerous, varied interventions it supplies. Because of the quantity and quality of the data SNAP-SpLD provides, it gives teachers a quick, efficient tool to help close the gap with underachieving learners.
Miss N Harrison, Year 2 class teacher
SNAP (Special Needs Assessment Profile)
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