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. We also offer pastoral support for our more vulnerable students 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 any other 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, behaviour and rewards data, end of year academic targets, and the current grades that the student is working at. 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 may also be asked to attend one of our three yearly Alert Evenings so we can provide you with bespoke materials to support your son independently at home.

The school also communicates important information and celebrates success through the school’s School’s Parent App, text or email.

Our Learning Support Assistants are Ms Ridler, Mrs Norry, Miss Hall and Mrs Butt (who offers our students additional intervention who have English as an Additional Language).

The department also works closely with the school's Pastoral Team to support the emotional wellbeing and mental health of all of our SEND students. The Learning Support Department may utilise the services of the School Pastoral Support Worker, Inclusion Officer, Attendance Officer, the school nurse and one RELATE counsellor.

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

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

Please note that from September 2014, ‘School Action Plus’ was replaced with the new category of SEN Support. Statements have also been replaced with Education Health Care Plan (EHCP). Children on EHCP's will have an annual statutory review with the SENDco.

How will the school know what needs my child has?

If a student is known to have a SEND when they arrive at Audenshaw School, the Learning Support Department will:
- use the information from primary school to provide appropriate intervention and support
- visit the primary school prior to a Year7 starting in September meet with Year 6 teachers to ensure that appropriate transition arrangements are made
- ensure ongoing observation and assessment feedback about which level of intervention is appropriate and its impact on Student’s learning
- 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. In Maths, students are tested using the WRAT4 numeracy test in order to track progress.

From this data, the appropriate levels of interventions will be arranged and put into place. Parents/ carers 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 high quality teaching in the classroom.

Wave 2: Targeted use of additional support in the classroom. This can involve a Learning Support Assistant working alongside the teacher to further help and support identified students. This can also include any additional support offered outside the immediate classroom, such catch up sessions in spelling, reading comprehension or handwriting. This can take place during morning registration or after school. Some withdrawals may be from mainstream lessons and students are taught in smaller class groups.

Wave 3: Specialised lessons are offered in Mathematics and English. These will be in the form of small classes with a specialist teacher often supported by a Learning Support Assistant. In some cases, some students will be taught on a one to one basis. Any withdrawal will be carefully considered and parents/carers will be informed before arrangements are put in place.

All interventions will be reviewed and evaluated regularly to track progress using the assess, plan, do and review process.

Interventions for Students can also include:

- Literacy support including programmes such as Lexia;
- Numeracy support including the SSER Numeracy Programme;
- Lexonik Leap for students with low reading and comprehension levels;
- Small nurture Maths & English groups;
- Literacy support for students when students have English as an additional language;
- An inclusive games club, including access to our bespoke Chill Zone
- Support from our KS4 Peer Mentors; - Informal parent/ carer drop-in sessions.

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