Special Educational Needs
At Grove Academy we aim to provide a stimulating, safe and caring environment that will enable all pupils to develop to their full potential whilst also learning to respect others, their environment and to promote their self-esteem.
- To identify pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities and ensure that their learning needs are met
- To ensure that pupils with SEN and disabilities can enjoy full access to the building, our curriculum, and activities in school
- To ensure that all learners including SEN pupils make the best possible progress
- To ensure parents/carers are informed of their child’s special needs and that there is effective communication between parents/carers and school
- To ensure that learners/learners’ families express their views and are fully involved in decisions which affect their education
- To promote effective partnership and involve outside agencies when appropriate
At Grove Academy we recognise that all teachers are teachers of pupils with Special Educational Needs. All pupils are entitled to access our broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum with a focus on core areas of learning. Therefore we aim to ensure that they are given the support necessary through differentiated work, ICT applications and appropriate individual or small group support. This will enable them to be fully included and to have access to all areas of the school life and also to prepare them for their future beyond Grove Academy.
Teaching & Learning
Provision for learners with SEN is the responsibility for the Academy as a whole. Every teacher has the responsibility to support pupils with SEN. This will be achieved through comprehensive planning of lessons, differentiated approaches to learning activities and effective use of aspirational target setting. The Academies SEN provision is underpinned by high quality teaching and all members of staff are responsible for ensuring that an individual’s SEN are identified, assessed and catered for.
At Grove Academy we will ensure that:
- All learners, including those with SEN, are fully aware of both their current levels of performance and appropriate target levels.
- Decisions that are made concerning SEN are informed through effective communication with the learner and learners’ families / carers
- Aspirational targets are always used
- All provision is constantly evaluated and reviewed
Identifying and Assessing SEN
Pupils and their families are key partners in identifying SEN and effective communication will be maintained. Referrals can be made by any member of staff or other professionals. When a referral is received relevant information will be collated including, teacher assessments, test results, attendance records and teacher reports.
The Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) will then examine the information and meet with the pupil/family to assess the nature of the provision. Pupil progress will be regularly monitored and opportunities to identify individual pupil needs will be frequent.
Planning & Reviewing SEN
Grove Academy believes that a partnership approach is the best way to ensure progress of all learners. Pupils and their families will be actively involved in setting targets and evaluating progress within regular meetings with the SENCo. If a pupil has an Education Health Care Plan (EHC) plan the outcomes of the plan will be clearly evaluated and appropriate targets will be set.
We will make effective use of external providers including; Educational Psychologist, Speech & Language Therapist and Health professionals. These groups will actively contribute to the planning, delivery and reviewing of EHC plans.
The following support is available to all pupils at Grove Academy
- Differentiated Curriculum to allow all pupils to progress
- Teaching Assistants for classroom support to allow for personalised attention, when required, for specific pupils/specific groups of pupils.
- Small group/Individual withdrawal to deliver a personalised curriculum where necessary
Further support outside of the curriculum
- SENCo and TAs to work collaboratively with teaching staff to develop Scheme of Work (SOW) Teaching resources
- SEN staff provide student withdrawals for tuition, counselling or skill development
- Support will be provided for all pupils taking internal/external examinations (According to access arrangements of the relevant examination board where necessary)
- Selected pupils may be offered appropriate off site opportunities for practical and vocational learning.
The Learning Hub
The Learning Hub is not just a space but also an ethos. The Hub is led by the SENCo and is designed to ensure our pupils’ readiness to learn. The Hub’s staff will be assess all pupils’ individual needs as they join the school and deliver an induction plan to suit their particular circumstances. It will also be used to support pupils who find accessing the curriculum difficult at specific times. The Hub also reflects our ethos that removing barriers to learning is central to everything that we do and that any child may befit from its support during their time with us.
As part of the transition into the school, the Hub team will directly liaise with all schools to ensure that comprehensive information is shared with us to provide effective provision which will allow the transition to be as successful as possible.
The SENCo will liaise with the Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance Co-coordinator (CEIAG) to ensure that pupils are given specific guidance on leaving the Academy to alternative colleges/Career paths.
In addition to specific interventions we provide a varied programme of enrichment activities. Educational/learning opportunities are not limited to the classroom and a range of events/activities will be provided for pupils to extend their learning.
Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Pupils with SEN
At Grove Academy we recognise that the needs of the whole young person must be addressed in order for the pupil to achieve their potential. The high quality pastoral provision will provide additional support and interventions when needed. In addition to this we will also work effectively will local providers such as the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Outreach Service (SEBDOS) and a range of counsellors and therapists including CAHMS ( Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
In September 2020 we will be opening our Resource Base, which will cater for pupils with complex learning needs. These pupils will receive specific support, delivered by qualified staff, via an integrated curriculum.
Keeping up to date with knowledge and skills
In addition to accessing training programmes run by Slough LA, staff are supported to improve their own professional development in the area of SEN through sharing good practice. There are regular Continued Professional Development (CPD) sessions at which SEN issues are regularly covered.
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