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Learning Support SS

The Senior School is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all the children in our school. We believe that all children, including those identified as having special educational needs (SEN) or, those who have English as an Additional Language (EAL), are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum which is accessible to them, and to be fully included in all aspects of school life. The Senior School is committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and pastoral support for students with special educational needs and to ensure that all EAL students are able to use English competently and confidently in order to access the full curriculum so that every child achieves to his or her potential.

Staff and parents will work together to support pupils identified as having additional needs, or, students who have English as an Additional Language. Parents will be involved in all stages of the education planning process. The class teacher should meet with the parents whose children are being recorded as having additional needs or, EAL, and discuss the pupil. Regular communication between school and home will ensure that concerns are promptly acted on.

The Nature of Provision:

This provision encompasses curriculum planning, support for individual pupils or groups of pupils within the classroom in terms of differentiation, support for the Subject teacher and/or supplementary provision. There may be cases, where pupils may require additional support to ensure appropriate progress. This may take the form of withdrawal from a Subject to provide the pupil(s) with additional time to focus on improving areas of difficulty. This would always follow discussion between the School and the parents.

Provision usually takes the following forms:

  • Differentiated Learning Opportunities and regular monitoring of the pupil’s progress.
  • Additional Learning support either during school hours or in the afternoon (support by a specialist teacher/Booster lessons etc.)
  • Pupils with special educational needs, or pupils with English as an Additional Language, can access paired mentoring with Y11/Sixth Form mentors.

Roles and Responsibilities/Inclusion Manager:

There is a collective responsibility, held by all staff, to identify and remove barriers that stand in the way of our SEN/EAL pupil’s learning and success. Pupils with special educational needs or, pupils with English as an Additional Language, are regarded as a whole school responsibility with all staff having an important part to play in making provisions for the pupils. However, the Inclusion Manager is the member of staff responsible for co-ordinating, monitoring and maintaining an overview of this aspect of our school’s work.

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