Welcome to the SEND Department
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
The SEND department is based in R7, a small classroom within the Learning Resource Centre. We are ideally located at the centre of the school, close to the Pastoral Corridor where the Pastoral Leaders, Family Liaison Officer, Transition Manager and Senior Inclusion Leader are based. We also work closely with our Student Support Centre Manager, who is based by the art block.
We aim to promote inclusion in all aspects of school life and work as a whole staff body to ensure fairness and access to the curriculum for all our learners. We aim to celebrate successes in all areas of a child’s life, not just academic, and we aim to support students in achieving wider outcomes.
|English as an Additional Language (EAL) Co-Ordinator Lola Antic||
How we support our students:
- In-class support
- Intervention groups
- Staff training
- Liaison with specialists
How to contact the SENCo:
The SENCo attends every Parent’s Evening and runs ‘drop-in’ sessions, so no appointment is needed, just speak to her whenever she is available.
There is an annual SEND Information Evening for Parents held in the autumn term. This is an opportunity for parents and carers to meet the SENCo, Family Liaison Officer, SEN Governor, other parents, and to meet various people from community support services, such as Parent Voice, Young Carers, and Hope for Carers. Your initial contact will be with the tutor, who can either help answer your questions, or put you in contact with the SENCo.
SEND Student Committee
Last year we created our first Committee where students with SEN/D could meet and discuss how they learn, share ideas, and help the SEND Department find ways of supporting them in and out of the classroom. They are, Skye White, Sam Herring, Grace Berringer, Emilie Robinson, Patrick Harmer, Derry O’Shea and Reece Marshall. Come and talk to us if you have any ideas about how students with SEN/D can be better supported at school.
What we do:
In-Class Support: We work with students in the lessons to help them access the work the teacher is delivering. We create and provide resources to help structure activities, re-phrase and explain key concepts or ideas, teach subject vocabulary, check the student’s understanding of the tasks, and generally help the students settle into the lesson.
Intervention Groups: We run small group intervention sessions, such as Breakfast Club, Reading Group and AcceleRead/AcceleWrite. We also run one-to-one sessions for students, such as spellings, subject-based work, reading, coursework and exam technique.
Staff Training: As well as running whole staff training, we are invited into department meetings to discuss strategies and pedagogy for specific subjects. We run sessions about all four categories of the SEN register: cognition and learning, communication and interaction, physical and sensory, and social, emotional and mental health.
External Agencies: We work alongside several external agencies, such as Hampshire Educational Psychology Service and the Specialist Teacher Advisory Service. We also work with representatives from Parent Voice, CAMHS, Basingstoke and Southampton Hospitals, paediatric services, disability charities and inclusion advisors.
How you can support at home:
Home learning is a key part of education and often a concern for students and parents; we would like to support you where possible in supporting your children. Below are some resources for organisation, revision, and problem solving, as well as explaining the various methods we use to teach the students in lesson.
What to do if you are concerned:
The tutor is often the best person to contact initially if you are concerned about anything. The students see their tutors every day and build strong relationships with them. The next person is the Pastoral Team, either the Pastoral Team Leader or Deputy Team Leader, there is one for each year group. These people can then point you in the right direction of who can help you if it requires more specific knowledge or action.
Parent Voice: http://www.parentvoice.info/
Heads Together: http://www.headstogether.org.uk/
NHS Mental Health Support: www.nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth/Pages/Mentalhealthhome.aspx
The National Autistic Society: http://www.autism.org.uk/
Dyslexia Action: http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/
RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People): http://www.rnib.org.uk/
NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society): http://www.ndcs.org.uk/
Tourette’s Action: http://www.tourettes-action.org.uk/