The Learning Support Team is based in ‘The Hub’ which is located at the school entrance. It includes a suite of rooms that cater for student support for subjects across the curriculum. The Learning Support Team is part of the school Inclusion Team which also includes the Pastoral Team.
The Learning Support Team is led by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Mrs Claire Lewis. Mrs Gliniecki and Ms Ingram who are two highly experienced Senior Keyworkers and 11 experienced and dedicated Teaching Assistants, make up the rest of the team.
The Learning Support Team help and support students with a variety of additional needs. These include learning, emotional and social difficulties as well as physical and sensory impairment. Support is delivered with specific targets, which students receive through both individual withdrawal lessons and in-class support, across the curriculum. In addition, we deliver small group and 1:1 interventions to develop reading, spelling and Number skills.
We also have the support of Mrs Adams, Library Resource Operations Manager, trained in delivering EAL sessions, who gives support to students who speak English as an additional language. This is again delivered through both in-class support and withdrawal lessons.
As a department, we take great pride in offering educational and pastoral support to meet individual student needs, so that all students can achieve to the best of their ability.
All pupils with SEND have the right to an inclusive curriculum, which allows them to access First Quality Teaching in all of their lessons. This is essential if pupils are to progress.
Our teachers will use various strategies to adapt access to the curriculum, this might include using:
- Visual timetables
- Writing frames
- Chromebooks, laptops or other alternative devices
- Peer buddy systems
- Positive behaviour rewards system
- Use of a reader/scribe
- Extra time to complete tasks
- Rest breaks
- Writing breaks
- Writing slopes
- Differentiated questions