Learning Support/SEND - Local Offer

Learning Support/SEND - Local Offer

The Learning Support Department is led by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) Mr Tupman and supported by our team of Learning Support Assistants. The department works with special educational needs and disability (SEND) students in the classroom, through individual and small group interventions in literacy and numeracy and offer supervised social groups and a chill zone at break and lunch time.
Parents/carers are able to contact the school by email or telephone to arrange an appointment to speak to the SENDCo or relevant member of our Learning Support Team. 
Progress reports are sent to parents/carers four times a year. This report will outline student's attendance, end of year target, current grade and effort grades. All parents/carers of year 7 students are invited to a 'Meet the Form Tutor' evening in September.  If your son’s progress is a course for concern you will be asked to attend one of our Alert Evenings 
The school also communicates important information and celebrates success through the use of text messages, school website and school newsletter.

Mr Tupman - Curriculum Leader of Learning Support Department

Mr Burks – Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistants

Mr Lewis, Ms Ridler and Mrs Norry

The department also works closely with the school's Pastoral Team to support the emotional wellbeing of all SEND students. The Learning Support Department may involve the school Pastoral Support Worker, Inclusion Officer, Attendance Officer, the school nurse and 2 RELATE counsellors.

For the local offer visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/localoffer

For more details please click here to see our Pastoral section.

How will I know if my child is making progress?

  • Progress will be monitored in line with the school assessment calendar. (Assessment points are 3 times per year) It will show your child's target grade, working at grades and level of effort in each class.
  • If your son's progress is a cause for concern you will be invited to attend one of our Alert Evenings.
  • Please note that from September 2014 School Action Plus was replaced with the new category of SEN Support and that Statements were replaced with Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).  Children on EHCP's will have an annual statutory review.

How will the school know what needs my child has?

If a student is known to have SEND when they arrive at Audenshaw School, the Learning Support Department will:

  • use the information from primary school to provide a basis for appropriate interventions;
  • visit the primary school to meet with Year 6 teachers, SENDCo and parents/carers to ensure appropriate transition arrangements are made;
  • ensure ongoing observation and assessment to provide feedback about which level of intervention is appropriate;
  • where appropriate, set up an initial transition meeting with parents/carers and relevant agencies to discuss plans for annual review (health care plan meeting).

The Learning Support Department also tests all students in Year 7 in reading fluency, comprehension, spelling and numeracy. We use recognised standards tests such as the Vernon spelling test and NGRT reading and comprehension test.

From this data the following levels of interventions will be arranged and put into place. You will receive a letter explaining the provision they will be accessing during that academic year.

What types of support might my child receive?

Wave 1 Differentiated lessons, planned and delivered as part of normal first quality teaching in the classroom environment.

Wave 2 Targeted use of additional support in the classroom. Normally involves the use of a Learning Support Assistant working alongside the teacher helping identified students. This can also include students receiving additional support outside the classroom such as morning registration catch up sessions in spelling, reading comprehension or handwriting.

Wave 3 Specialised lessons from the Learning Support Department in mathematics and literacy. These will be in the form of small classes with a specialist teacher often supported by a Learning Support Assistant.

In Maths, students are tested using the WRAT4 numeracy test in order to track progress.

Interventions may take place before or after school as well as during lunchtimes or tutor times (Wave 2). Some withdrawals may be from mainstream lessons. These can be arranged in small groups or some cases on a one to one basis (Wave 3). Withdrawal will be carefully considered and parents/carers will be informed before arrangements are put in place.
Interventions are often led by Learning Support Assistants who receive regular training. All interventions will be reviewed and evaluated regularly to track progress using the assess, plan, do and review process.

Interventions can include:

  • literacy support including programmes such as Lexia;
  • numeracy support including the SSER Numeracy Programme;
  • phonographix literacy for students with low reading and comprehension levels;
  • reading support from Reading Leaders in morning registration;
  • Mathematical support from Sixth Form students in morning registration; delete
  • small nurture Maths & English groups;
  • language support for students where English is not their home language;
  • games club;
  • chill zone pass;
  • meeting with the Peer Mentors;
  • writing rescue handwriting support;
  • SEAL Group;
  • informal parent drop-in sessions.


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