SENCO: Mrs Millband
- Mr Jack Appleby
- Mrs Pam Clapham
- Mrs Sheree Manley
- Mrs Jessica Sivyer
- (Mrs Tracey Dale-offering casual in class support)
Carre’s Grammar School prides itself on being an inclusive school and we are committed to encouraging and enabling all of our students to unlock their full potential. We recognise that a number of our students will, at different stages of their development, require tailored and targeted support over and above the usual academic and pastoral provision. The Student Support Team at Carre’s also aims to tailor and target support for individual students who have been identified as having a specific learning need, so that he or she can:
- Be an effective and successful learner who achieves their full potential
- Embrace the range of opportunities available to him or her as a valued member of our school community
- Move into adult life confident that he or she has the skills and independence to fulfil his or her ambitions
We are privileged to have a dedicated Student Support Suite based in the old School House which is staffed by a team of four experienced Learning Mentors. We have a central Hub with four adjacent rooms available for study or support interventions.
Visitors have commented on the supportive atmosphere that prevails in the support area and parents speak highly of the personalised support we offer.
We always have a member of the student support team on duty in the Hub so that there is access to support throughout the school day.
Graduated Approach to Intervention and Support: Assess Plan Do Review
We seek to be creative and proactive in our approach and over the years we have developed a wide range of expertise and strategies. We have experience of successfully supporting students with the following needs:
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Slow Processing
- Visual impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Physical Disabilities
- Chronic Medical Conditions
- Mental health and emotional needs
- Attachment Difficulties
Learning Plans (LPs)
The planning process is designed to result in a Learning Plan that is predominantly informed by the student’s own description of their specific difficulties. Their voice is key to providing effective support. The LP is formally reviewed throughout the year and remains a live document. Pastoral Teams also feed into the review process as part of the three progress reviews students participate in with their tutors and Heads of Year.
Learning Plans are shared with staff and parents/carers via Edukey Provision Map.
Preparation for Adult Life
We seek not only to support a student through their education at Carre’s but also to equip them with the means to assert and manage their support needs as a young adult and in their future working life. We therefore believe that it is crucial that their voice is central to our planning and review process.
Strategies and Interventions to Support Academic Progress and Engagement
Teaching staff receive regular updates and training with regard to the provision of effective support in the classroom. Electronic records of intervention programmes allow teachers to access successful strategies across different curriculum areas. Typical examples of support and intervention:
- Targeted short term support programmes for individual students / small groups
- Differentiated approaches to accessing class material
- Classroom resource packs provided for specific learning needs
- Use of interactive whiteboards
- Use of C-Pen exam readers
- Use of visual support to support understanding and facilitate access to the school environment and learning
- Individual access to computers and other ICT so word processing can be developed as “normal way of working”
- Provision of specialist equipment, e.g. A tablet for a visually impaired child
- Adapted or modified resources e.g. enlarged text / coloured overlays & exercise books
- Students with a significant cognitive learning difficulty may be offered a reduced option curriculum in Key Stage 4. This enables us to offer them 5 hours of supervised individual study in the Student Support Suite allowing them to reinforce skills and knowledge in the core curriculum subjects as well as boost their performance in the remaining options. Students work to an agreed schedule with support materials provided by the relevant subject heads.
- Attendance support plans
- Adjusted timetables to support medical conditions
- Flexible Learning Agreements
Emotional Support & Mental Well-Being
Students who face a greater challenge with their learning and their ability to process the world around them can experience increased levels of anxiety. Other students can find themselves temporarily at a disadvantage due to increased anxiety levels. We have found the following effective in supporting such students:
- Self-esteem programmes
- Anger management programmes
- Access to professional counselling
- Social Skills programmes
- Peer Support Groups led by a Student Support Officer
- Wellbeing Amabassador
- Supported Private Study /Homework in Student Support
Professional Referrals and Support
Referrals to other professionals and agencies are made when deemed necessary. We are always happy to facilitate sessions in school. The following services have been accessed:
- Educational Psychologist
- Community Paediatric Team
- Specialist Teacher Service
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS, NHS)
- Healthy Minds (NHS)
- Family Action
- Working Together Team (Supporting Students with Autism)
- Behaviour Outreach Service (BOSS)
- Individual Counselling (Bereavement, Anxiety, Emotional Well-Being)
- SEND Parent Forums
Parents/Carers in Partnership
We actively encourage parents/ carers to maintain regular contact with school so that our partnership can be effective and productive. Every student referred to Student Support will have an allocated key worker, one of our Student Support Officers, who will be the main point of contact between parents/carers and Student Support. Parents/Carers are involved at every stage of the support process: from consent to an initial assessment to applying for an Education and Health Care Plan.
We recognise that modern parenting is a challenging responsibility, and this challenge can be even greater when supporting a child with learning needs. We therefore seek to be constructive in our support of parents, offering practical support from associated professionals such as the Parenting Skills Team, Early Help Team or The Working Together Team. Support services available do change from year to year depending on funding streams and service streamlining. However, the SENCO’s regular attendance at the Local Authority Briefings ensures we remain current as to the services we can access for our students. There is also increasing collaboration with regard to the in-house services we offer across the Robert Carre Trust in meeting the needs of our students with SEND.
Transition and Induction
All prospective Year 7 students are visited in their primary school by a member of Student Support, or the wider pastoral team and primary school teachers are consulted. Where there is a known learning need and/or disability a meeting will be arranged with the parents/carers and SENCO to agree a transition plan. Where appropriate, additional familiarisation visits will be arranged and preparation for independent travel training for home to school travel can be explored.
A similar process will be offered to students transferring to Carre’s at different entry points. Students joining the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form are asked to complete a SEND transition form to ensure that the school is aware of their needs and their usual way of working.
Transition to Post 16 Courses/ Apprenticeships in Colleges or University
Students seeking to transfer to other educational institutions to complete post-16 courses/apprenticeships are supported in those transitions. Students are supported in identifying suitable courses and the completion of the application form. The receiving institution is apprised of the student’s specific needs and where appropriate familiarisation visits can be arranged. If appropriate prospective employers will be made aware of the Access to Work service which provides assessment and advice to employers with regard to any specialist equipment that might be needed to make reasonable adjustments.
Students wishing to pursue Higher Education courses are encouraged to do so and are likewise supported in identifying suitable courses. Where necessary the key worker will liaise with the SEND Officer at the relevant institution to ensure that all necessary information is available with regard to any assessments that might need to be carried out to support their learning needs. The Enrichment Curriculum for 6th form students at Carre’s also provides practical preparation with the offer of basic cookery lessons. Students should also be aware that they can apply for the Disabled Student’s Allowance via Student Finance to assist with the purchase of specialist equipment or support: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas
Strategies to Support Literacy and Numeracy
On admission to the school in Year 7 students undergo a series of tests designed to provide the school with a current baseline assessment: Cognitive Abilities Tests and a Reading age test. The school aims to identify any gaps at the earliest opportunity so that effective intervention strategies can be put in place. Mathematics also assess students within the first term to identify which group to allocate the students to and where additional support might be required.
Strategies to Support Behaviour
The school operates a staged disciplinary system. Where behaviour does not meet with expectations school students face the “consequence” of their actions and are sanctioned. However, for students with an identified learning need a reasonable adjustment is made and typically, this amounts to a student having additional stages of warning and/or remaining longer at a specific stage. However, our system has sufficient flexibility to allow us to tailor consequences to the needs of the individual student.
We also operate a classroom exit “blue card” system which can provide students with access to relevant support as soon as the need arises.
Support during Unstructured Time
Student Support Officers can provide targeted support programmes that are designed to bolster or improve social skills. In addition to such support, we also have designated safe places at lunchtime available to all students and will also put in place peer support groups or a buddy system for children new to the school or requiring additional social support.
Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP)
Where individual need is determined to be complex or requires a greater level of provision beyond the capacity of the established team then the school will look to complete an application for an EHCP. If successful, this can release additional funding to support the identified needs. An application would normally require the support of the Educational Psychologist and substantial evidence that the school had reached a point where additional resources were needed to meet the identified needs.
Lincolnshire Local Offer
The Local Offer is part of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEN&D) reforms from the Children and Families Act 2014. There are two main purposes for the Local Offer
- To improve information about services and provision available for families, children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and to make it easier for all families to find this information by making it available in one place.
- To work directly with families, children and young people to improve provision.
Lincolnshire's Local Offer includes leisure and activity providers, health and care services, education providers and support groups. Further details can be found here.