The department is staffed by the SENCo, seven LSAs and a part-time Administration Assistant. All of the staff are very experienced in supporting the SEND needs of our students. Many of them have a specialist role within the school and hold additional qualifications. As a department we have many years of experience working with students with physical disabilities and hearing impairment.
Our provision for students with SEND is governed by the Code of Practice and the Disability Discrimination/Equality Act. The site is fully accessible with ramps, lifts and automatic doors in all buildings as well as toilet facilities and a physiotherapy room.
Key Stage 3
At KS3 the majority of students are supported in the classroom, some receive additional literacy and numeracy through their timetabled curriculum. In addition students will be withdrawn for small group inputs in English as a Second Language, Social Communication Skills, Speech and Language and Specific Learning Difficulties.
Key Stage 3 Assessment
As well as supporting students with previously identified needs we are able to undertake a range of additional assessments and liaise with outside agencies, mainly the Educational Psychology Service and Speech and Language Therapy to develop strategies to support those needs.
We offer some students short term inputs (courses) to improve their spelling, reading, maths and handwriting skills.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 some students will opt to take the ASDAN Certificate in Personal and Social Development at entry level 2 or 3. The specific units studied reflect the needs and interests of the class. The objective of the course is to provide opportunities for students to develop skills and understanding, allowing them to function independently within their community, going to college and finding work. It is a practical course studying healthy living, managing money, safety and using leisure time.
Key Stage 4 Assessment
Assessment is via practical tasks and a course work file.
In-class support continues in KS4 as do some of the withdrawal groups, specific learning difficulties tuition is replaced by a study skills group.
As a department we have a homework club and run a range of trips for SEND students. We provide support to allow students to undertake any of the educational activities provided by subject departments.
How can I support my child’s learning?
Parents can help their child’s learning by ensuring that if they are offered a place on one of our short courses, they attend. Many students will find it necessary to continue to learn spellings, particularly new subject vocabulary in the same way that they did at primary school. Regular reading aloud and discussion of the text continues to be beneficial. Encouraging students to adopt good work habits means setting aside a specific time slot for the completion of homework and a suitably quiet area for study.