SEN Department

Introduction

Many students will experience difficulties with learning during their school career. A small number of these students will have a Statement of Special Needs or specific funding delegated by SCC. Buckler’s Mead Academy aims to provide access to the whole curriculum for all students, with specialist staff wherever possible. Our main goal, therefore, is a whole school approach to Individual Needs with all staff taking responsibility for the progress of the students in their charge.

Objectives

To give all students the opportunity to study a broad balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum and to make progress.

To foster attitudes of self-worth in all students.

To encourage personal autonomy and the full realisation of potential

To develop staff awareness monitoring students with Individual Needs in all subject areas by all staff.

To make appropriate provision, out of the resources available, for all students with Individual Needs, including the continued development of a specialist resource area available to all students.

To disseminate information to staff on students’ needs and suitable approaches to maximise learning.

Guidelines

The Learning Support Department will encourage the development of differentiated materials, for either end of the academic spectrum. Students with Individual Needs will be identified to all staff. An up-to-date register of these students will be kept within the school, in line with current practice.

The Head of Learning Support will liaise with other members of staff to develop individual programmes and provide regular access and feedback for parents. The Learning Support Department will provide a base and resources for students who require intensive support. All staff are invited to utilise these resources.

The Learning Support Department and Buckler’s Mead Academy will carry out their responsibilities and duties with regard to the Code of Practice.

Conclusion

Buckler’ Mead Academy seeks to maximise the achievements for all students.The Learning Support Department wish to develop a system of provision based on individual staff expertise, where possible augmented by classroom support.

Philosophy

The Learning Support Department at Buckler’ Mead Academy is committed to providing full access to the curriculum for all students wherever possible. Facilities exist to assist students who may need extra support on a temporary or long-term basis to achieve this goal.

Within Buckler’s Mead Academy there will be particular students whose needs will require assistance for them to fully achieve their potential. The range of `need’ will include basic weaknesses in literacy and numeracy, behaviour and emotional difficulties and medical and sensory conditions. Support and encouragement is also important for the more able student within each year group.

Within mainstream education it is widely accepted that there will be a small number of students that will require support throughout their school careers. In addition to this group there will be others who will require some extra provision at certain specific times.

Learning Support staff at Buckler’ Mead Academy aim to meet the needs of these students with both in-class support and in small targeted groups.

Within a large school population there is no clear demarcation in the continuum of Special Educational need. There are not too easily identifiable groups and no obvious cut off point with regard to need exists. Promoting the view that all staff and all departments have responsibility to their students irrespective of their abilities is, therefore, a key component to the Learning Support Faculty’s work. The raising of awareness and the development of differentiated materials and teaching approaches will be of benefit to all students whether requiring support or not.

The Department welcome contact with parents whenever possible and contact of a formal or informal nature is encouraged. This liaison is beneficial to parents, teachers and pupils and helps to monitor the success or otherwise of the strategies currently in use.