Department Aims:

  • To promote the inclusion of students on the SEN alert in the day-to-day life of the school by supporting their academic, social and emotional progress.
  • To raise expectations of staff and students so that all students maximise their achievements and meet challenging targets.
  • To ensure SEN policies and practices are clearly understood by all staff as well as parents.
  • To ensure that we know students well and personalise provision to meet individual needs
  • To implement the school SEN policy as outlined in our SEN Information Report

In the ARC itself:

  • We carry out assessments of students' needs using a range of testing.
  • We plan and deliver 1:1 and small group work, boosting literacy, numeracy, language and social skills.
  • We support students on personalised timetables allowing them to maximise their learning outside of mainstream classrooms.
  • We offer mentoring and support to students, including those on IEPs.
  • Regular visits by a wide range of teachers and other professionals to complement the work already done in the ARC.  This includes Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers and EAL support
  • It is important that all staff remember that we have an open door. Any member of staff concerned about students with special needs in their class is welcome to come to the ARC, where we will do our best to provide information and advice on how best to support.

In the classroom:

  • SEND students are supported in the classroom by high quality, differentiated teaching by the classroom teacher.  This includes:
    • Use of writing frames and sentence starters
    • Thoughtful classroom organisation including seating plans
    • Providing coloured worksheets and overlays
    • Checking in with students
    • Ensuring that oral information is also provided in simple written form
    • Careful questioning, building on student skills and confidence
    • Ensuring that worksheets and reading material meet the reading ages of students
  • Some students, particularly those with EHCPs or statements may require an adult to support them in the classroom.  A Teaching Assistant may work 1:1 with the student but will more commonly work with a range of students.  They will help by:
    • Mediating between the classwork set and the student so that the student can get started
    • Building the confidence of the student by asking additional questions and do additional checking in
    • Helping the student to get started and to organise themselves
    • Encouraging students to challenge themselves and extend their work
    • Helping the student to stay focussed

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