Special Educational Needs

SEN = Special Educational needs

This is an area of support for:

  • Students with Psychological Reports,
  • Students needing a reduced timetable for various reasons.
  • Students not doing a subject.

 

What does the SEN Department do?

Learning support classes are put in place in literacy and numeracy at times when a subject is not being taken.

Classes are provided for additional support and also separate classes are put in place for high achievers, providing additional curricula in a variety of subjects.
 

The SEN Departments Aims

  • To enable these pupils to participate in the full curriculum for their class level.
  • To develop positive self-esteem and positive attitudes about school and learning in these pupils.
  • To enable those pupils to monitor their own learning and become independent learners.
  • To provide supplementary teaching and additional support in English and Maths.
  • To involve parents in supporting their children through effective parent/teacher support.
  • To establish early intervention programmes designed to enhance learning and to prevent / reduce difficulties in learning.

 

Open-door policy

  • Parents are encouraged to contact the school to schedule a meeting (prior to start of term and/or anytime during the academic year).
  • Any concern is a concern that must be shared.
  • Early intervention to any concern is paramount.
  • Communication is key.

During the school year the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) ensures the following agenda is fully completed to ensure all students are given the utmost care:

  • Carry out assessments of pupils with SEN to identify needs and monitor progress – including observations in the classroom and meeting with teachers and parents
  • Work with classroom teachers, the school leadership team, parents and relevant external agencies to develop, implement and monitor individual support/learning plans
  • Provide regular updates on pupil progress through written reports and meetings with parents
  • Make referrals and liaise with professionals outside of the school – this could include psychologists, health and social care providers, speech and language therapists and occupational therapists
  • Provide advice, guidance and training to classroom teachers on supporting pupils with SEN
  • Support teachers to develop schemes of work and learning programmes for pupils with SEN
  • Support teachers to develop and implement effective teaching and behaviour management approaches in the classroom
  • Manage and advise on the school budget and resources for SEN provision
  • Develop and maintain systems for keeping pupil records, ensuring information is accurate and up to date
  • Analyse school, local and national data and develop appropriate strategies and interventions
  • Manage SEN teachers, teaching assistants and support staff to improve pupil progress and attainment.

 

Wellbeing Room

The wellbeing room is available to a student who needs a time out period during the school day.

The SEN Department works tirelessly to ensure all pupils reach their full potential in all aspects in their life.