‘The Nest’ Enhanced Learning Provision* is made of Little Owls (EYFS – KS1, infants) and Robins (KS2, juniors).  Each pupil belongs to one of the classes dependent on their age. The classes form one unit and work  closely together so that the specific needs of individual pupils can be further met. The Nest is supported by our team of experienced SEND teachers and SEND Learning Coaches (previously named ‘Teaching Assistants’)

The Nest learning environment is be set up across three classrooms, Ocean Calming Room and an outside learning area. Robins host a more formal teaching room and Little Owls host a more informal teaching room. Hummingbirds Room is a play-based environment.  This provides calmer learning spaces for the pupils to achieve their best.  The children also have access to a soft play room.   

The Nest follows a broad and balanced creative curriculum, with an emphasis on developing the pupil’s life skills and independence. The curriculum is personalised to the special educational needs of our pupils.  The teaching staff plan and offer a wealth of provision for the pupils (supported by the EP, Speech and Language team, Occupational Therapist and other external services). The school also has access to a Pupil & Family Support Worker, to support specific wider needs for the families.

For Phonics, English and Maths lessons, pupils split into small groups, across The Nest. This provides opportunities for the pupils to practice and learn new skills at their level.  In the afternoons, there is a shared topic focus across the Nest and opportunities to support SALT/OT/EHCP targets.  The pupils also access weekly Life Skills sessions and Enrichment afternoon, which includes nature school and gardening.  There are also opportunities for the pupils, where relevant, to join the mainstream classes to access other aspects of the school day e.g. PE sessions, science lessons, music lessons, theme days, assemblies etc.

*Enhanced learning provision is a term that is used to describe specialist provision in a mainstream school for pupils with a significant level of special needs. Admission is through Croydon Council’s SEN team. In The Nest, this provision is for pupils with moderate learning difficulties.

To be considered for a place in the ELP, your child will need an Education Health Care Plan or Inclusion Funding. The referrals will be made by the Nursery and discussed by the SEND Placement panel in the spring term. If you feel your child may need to be considered for an ELP placement, please discuss your concerns with the Nursery staff in the autumn term.

Throughout the year, the SENCO runs regular open days to enable parents to visit the ELP, enabling them to ask questions and find out more about our provision. Please also click on ‘The Nest‘ document above for additional information.  Please call the office on 0208 6574722 to arrange a visit.

In March 2019, the National Inclusion Quality Mark was achieved. “Gilbert Scott Primary School is an outstanding example of Inclusion in practice. Children enjoy their lessons due to the careful, systematic planning done by the teachers who strive to make the lessons interesting and relevant. Differentiation in lessons is very evident.

OFSTED (2017) found that the pupils’ learning needs within the ELP are being met and they make good progress.

ELP 1 – Little Owls

The pupils attend Little Owls for the whole day. During the day the pupils are given the opportunity to learn through play, develop their listening and social skills and to develop their maths and literacy. The morning is broken down into learning challenges (linked to Phonics, Literacy and Maths) and play. The pupils have a mixture of 1:1 teaching and small group work. A visual timetable, visuals and Makaton signing is used to aid language, instructions and understanding. We have a ‘time out’ area and, if required, individual behaviour charts and a reward system to help with behaviour and the development of right and wrong. The pupils also have access to a soft play room and weekly swimming sessions in the summer term.  In the afternoon, there is a focus on target time (SAL and OT) and learning around a theme.


ELP 2 – Robins

The pupils attend  Robins class for the whole day. The focus for morning learning is usually English, Maths, Phonics, Reading, Speaking and listening and social skills.  The afternoon learning is topic based activities. The work is highly differentiated and whilst pupils are encouraged to work independently, there is always support where needed. All pupils have the use of visuals, a multi-sensory approach to learning, 1:1 and small group teaching to support instructions, language and learning. We have established routines, as part of the ELP, which cover; greeting time, social skills and learning time with reward systems in place for appropriate behaviour and learning, to aid concentration, confidence and behaviour. In Robins class we follow the school passport behaviour system to promote good behaviour. There is a timeout area to help with understanding of right and wrong. Pupils are also given the opportunity to join in lessons with their mainstream year group when appropriate. For Example, they may join in with PE, or enrichment week activities, whole school behaviour treats, assemblies, School Council, clubs, Year 6 school responsibility jobs, whole school presentations, Gilbert Scott has got Talent show.

Additional SEND Support

Where necessary, interventions are put in place to offer additional support for example, Dough Gym, Lexia, fine and gross motor skills. Several of our children are supported through Precision Teaching, an evidence-based intervention which uses overlearning to support English and Maths. This is especially helpful for children with dyslexia. We have an ‘Ocean Room’ which is used as a sensory room to help with calming activities for sensory needs.

‘Pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are supported well by additional adults.  Consequently they make good gains in their learning.  For example, inspectors noted how well pupils were supported to learn within main lessons.’ OFSTED 2017