Miss M Kowalski – SENDCO & Ms J Turrell – Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion)
Compelling Learning for Pupils with SEND
At Falinge Park High School compelling learning applies to all forms of learning not just academic. It also involves pupils’ personal, social and emotional development and we regard every opportunity as an opportunity to learn. Any pupil may face a barrier to their learning at some point in their education and this may be long- or short-term. The SEND Team comprises teachers and teaching assistants who support pupils of all abilities to develop in confidence and independence. Child-centred planning is at the heart of all we do and the focus is always on the outcomes (what we want the child to achieve) before considering the support which is required. We always aim to involve pupils and parents in the planning process.
Working together with all staff, outside agencies and in close collaboration with pupils and their families, we provide support which is additional to and different from what all children are entitled to at FPHS.
Our SEND provision is on a continuum where pupils access different levels of support dependent on their current level of need.
Some pupils access mainstream provision with additional guidance and advice about reasonable adjustments teachers can make to support learning. In addition some pupils might receive support provided in class by TAs where appropriate.
Other pupils access the majority of mainstream lessons but have additional access to some or all of the following: sensory support, literacy and numeracy support, support programmes for developing their communication and interaction, emotional well-being and independence. These sessions will usually be delivered through small group work. They might also include access to additional sessions either before school or after school with TAs or during some curriculum time.
Other pupils are withdrawn for some of the mainstream curriculum to work around behaviour and emotions recognising that these skills are important in order to be able to be successful in preparing pupils for the next steps of their education. This intervention is delivered alongside key skills in English, Maths and other subjects so that pupils still access a broad and balanced curriculum.
For a smaller number of pupils they might follow a curriculum for a longer period of time which is based within the additional needs provision. They undertake programmes which are tailored specifically to them. This could mean 1-1 or very small group work for a significant proportion of their time. Their access to mainstream provision is graduated and built up slowly at the right pace for the individual pupil.
The SEND Team offers:
- Support before and after school
- Homework and revision clubs
- Encouragement and support to access all the extra-curricular opportunities on offer at school.