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Members of Staff
Mr S. Aldis: SENCO
Mrs P. Lee: Assistant SENCO
Mrs D. Lockington: SEN Administrator
Ms W. Limbert: Learning Support Assistant/Humanaties
Ms C. Sheriff: Learning Support Assistant/ACU
Ms E. Robinson: Learning Support Assistant/Ex Arts & DT
Ms E. Taylor: Learning Support Assistant
Ms D. Thirlby-Flynn: Learning Support Assistant/English
Mrs S. Wilkes: Learning Support Assistant
Ms S. Walters: Learning Support Assistant/Maths
Mrs J. Moss: Learning Support Assistant/Science
Mr L. Sahota: Learning Support Assistant
Ms L. Costello: Learning Support Assistant
Mr M. Knezevic: Learning Support Assitant
We also have a number of adult support staff who work on a 1 to 1 basis, allocated to specific faculties to other classes with the school, or working in small groups or one to one's such as Speech and Language or Dyslexia.
The role of the SEN department is to provide additional learning support for students across the curriculum. For some students this will be temporary; for others it will be more long term.
In line with the Codes of Procedure 2014, usually a student’s additional needs can be met by alternative suitable teaching strategies, differentiation of resources, or by inclusion in an intervention programme. Where a student’s needs are complex and enduring, we will seek further advice from outside agencies, for example the Education Psychologist or Speech and Language Service and where appropriate provide in-class support and/or intensive tuition by a SEN qualified teacher.
We recognise that student needs are best met when parents, school and other professionals work together.
Key Stage 3
We accept the principle that student needs should be identified and met as early as possible. To do this we carry out the following:
- liaise with primary schools
- assess basic literacy and numeracy skills on entry
- communicate closely with both parents/carers, students and professional partner agencies.
Once any additional needs are identified, parents are informed and students are provided with individualised learning programme may be classroom based, have, have specific intervention to be a mixture of both.
This may include the following:
- Ruth Miskin Literacy (RML)
- Numeracy intervention groups
- Language Groups
- Social Communication Group
- Small groups for additional help with spellings, comprehension, reading, writing etc
- 1:1 teaching from specialist teachers to support students with dyslexic and dyspraxic tendencies
- Speed-up group for handwriting
- Touch typing classes
- Exercise sessions to help with coordination
- Nurture form
- Reading groups
- Nurture Curriculum Withdrawl
Students who have received learning support during Key Stage 3 will be automatically assessed to determine whether support is required for GCSE exam access. This could include extra time, a scribe, a reader or use of a laptop computer.
Key Stage 4
Students who have not made expected progress at the end of Key Stage 3 will be identified at Key Stage 4 through on-going observation and assessment and given extra support to help achieve their potential where needed. Subject specific TA's in core subjects will be utilised for this.
A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she:
- Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age.
- Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream post-16 institutions.
All children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they:
- Achieve their best
- Become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education or training.
The SEN Code of Practice states that there are four broad areas of SEN give an overview of the range of needs that should be planned for:
Communication and Interaction
Children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) have difficulty in communication with others. This may be because they have difficulty saying what they want to, understanding what is being said to them or they do not understand or use social rules of communication. The profile for every child with SLCN is different and their needs may change over time. They may have difficulty with one, some or all of the different aspects of speech, language or social communication at different times of their lives.
Children and young people with ASD, including Asperger's Syndrome and Autism, are likely to have particular difficulties with social interaction. They may also experience difficulties with language, communication and imagination, which can impact on how they relate to others.
Cognition and Learning
Support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation. Learning difficulties cover a wide range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), where children are likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and associated difficulties with mobility and communication, through to profound and multiple learning difficulties (pmld), where children are likely to have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment.
Specific learning difficulties (SPLD), affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This encompasses a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.
Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties.
Children and young people may experience a wide rane of social and emotional difficulties which manifest themselves in may ways. these may include becoming withdrawn or isolated, as well as displaying challenging, disruptive or disturbing behaviour. These behaviours may reflect underlying mental health difficulties such as anxiety or depression, self-harming, substance misuse, eating disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder or attachment disorder.
Sensory and/or physical needs
Some children and young people require special educational provision because they have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of the educational facilities generally provided. These difficulties can be age related and may fluctuate over time. Many children and young people with vision impairment (VI), hearing impairment (HI) or a multi-sensory impairment (MSI) will require specialist support and/or equipment to access their learning, or rehabilitation support. Children and young people with an MSI have a combination of vision and hearing difficulties.
For a small number of students whose needs are severe and enduring, the LEA may issue a Statement of SEN. A Statement is the result of a multi-professional assessment and includes Statement objectives used to inform Individual Education Plans and to assess learning.
The Lancaster Academy in line with the Equality Act 2010, will not discriminate any student and will take all reasonable steps to provide effective educational provision.