SEND / Learning Support

Learning Support and English Skills
Mr T Webb Interventions & Achievements Co-ordinator
The Learning Support Department provides learning support for those children who have special educational needs as defined by the current Code of Practice. We are also available to assist any student in the school who may require support at any time during their school career.

Please click here for the school's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Statement and here for the school's SEND Governing Body Policy.

How to contact us:

For information, advice and appointments please phone the School Office and ask to be transferred to the SEND Office.  Alternatively you can send an e-mail to the SEND Office for information or to Mr Webb, our Interventions & Achievements Co-ordinator, for an appointment. 

In-class Support

This school has an inclusive approach to teaching and learning. Students are generally supported in-class as this ensures that all students have full access to the whole school curriculum.  All teachers have copies of the School’s Learning Support Register which details the difficulties of the student and strategies to assist their learning.  

Screening

All students will complete the New Group Reading Test at the start of Year 7 which assesses reading comprehension and vocabulary.  All students will be tested on their spelling using the NFER Single Word Spelling Test in Year 7 and a sample of extended writing will be produced.  These results, plus KS2 SATS results and other information, are used by the SEND office to identify students who may have particular learning difficulties.  The New Group Reading Test, NFER Single Word Spelling Test, DASH Handwriting Abilities test and other educational tests will be used to measure progress of special educational needs students on and to inform the creating of the Learning Support Register itself.  

Examination Access Arrangements

Students on the Learning Support List are formally tested in Year 9 by a Specialist Teacher to determine whether they qualify for access arrangements for their GCSE examinations.  Students may need to be tested again in Year 12 to determine whether they still qualify for access arrangements for their AS and A2 examinations.  The criteria for these arrangements are set out clearly in the Joint Council booklet which is published and updated every year. These arrangements may include any or all of the following: up to 25% extra time, a reader, a scribe, the use of a laptop or rest breaks.  Access arrangements for Years 7-8 will be determined by our initial testing of students on entry to the school in Year 7 (please see Screening above).

Further information may be obtained from the following sources.

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