We recognise that students make progress at different rates and have different ways in which they learn best. Teachers take account of this by looking carefully at how they organise their lessons, the classroom, the books and materials they give to each student and the way they teach.
Students having particular difficulties in one area may be given extra help or different lessons to help them succeed such as ‘Catch up Reading and Numeracy’.
At times, specialist expertise may be brought in to help the school with the difficulties that a student may have. We will inform parents/carers as soon as we first start giving extra or different help to your child because they may, or do, have special educational needs. The extra or different help could be a different way of teaching certain things, some help from an extra adult, perhaps in a small group, or use of particular equipment like a computer or a desk with a sloping top. Help for students with SEND will usually be in the class, sometimes with the help of other adults, and occasionally with outside specialists.
Further information can be found on our SEN & Disability page.
Support from Years 7 to 11
Catch Up Reading:
Some students will be identified as having a Reading Age below 10 years, in this case extra help and support will be provided through ‘Catch-Up Reading’. Students will participate in a 15-minute reading session twice a week within school. This will be supported by a member of staff such as a Learning Mentor, Teaching Assistant or Cover Supervisor.
Catch Up Numeracy:
The aim of the Numeracy Catch-Up programme is to ensure that those students who achieved significantly below age-related expectations at Key Stage 2 become successful at achieving success in Mathematics. Each student will receive a 15-minute session twice a week, improving their number and problem-solving skills, thereby embracing confidently any mathematical task they may face.
Noel-Baker School believes that legible handwriting is essential for students to make good progress across all areas of the curriculum. Handwriting is a transferable skill that, once learnt, can support a person’s ability across all areas of their life. The school will run intervention sessions to support designated students to improve their handwriting. Students will be selected by teachers who have concerns about legibility of written work presented to them.
Nurture lessons help students with a range of needs such as social, emotional and mental health needs. The aim of these sessions is to equip students with skills such as confidence, resilience and independence in order to remove the barriers to learning. There is also a great emphasis on language development and communication. Students are identified as requiring Nurture intervention by primary schools, year managers and class teachers.
Support for Accessing Sports:
The inclusive sports group will provide regular sports intervention sessions for SEND students who have physical needs. These sessions will aim to develop and improve motor skills, confidence and social skills through sporting activities. This programme will encourage students to continue playing sport in an area they enjoy. Further opportunities will be provided for students in this programme to attend and participate in events.
Support for Years 7 to 11
The homework club runs straight after school for all year groups. Students identified as needing this intervention will be supported by at least one member of staff who will help students access tasks they may be finding challenging.
Support for Years 10 to 13
Access arrangements allow candidates with SEND or temporary injuries to:
Access the assessment
Show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment
The intention behind dispensation is to meet the particular needs of an individual student without affecting the integrity of the assessment. To support the application for dispensation, the school will gather evidence from students' work, speak with teachers and use student reflections. A specialist assessor will then conduct a series of assessments. These are then scored to see if the student qualifies. If the student meets the criteria they may be awarded extra time, a scribe or a reader.
Acting SENDCo: Chloe Hutchinson