Welcome to the SEND department page.
This department is led by Miss S Horn (SENDCo) and Miss H Chappel (Deputy SENDCo) and it comprises of a team of teaching assistants staff who support students across the two Academies. In addition there are two Inclusion officers who support students throughout the day. We are located in the Brundle building and our facilities include an Inclusion office, teaching room and a sensory room.
What we do:
We provide support for students who have additional learning needs relating to categories of SEND defined in the SEN Code of Practice document as:
- Cognition and learning difficulties
- Communication and Interaction difficulties
- Sensory and physical difficulties
- Social, emotional and mental health difficulties
Students requiring additional learning support have access to a range of intervention groups provided between 8am through to 4pm. Teaching Assistants are predominantly timetabled throughout the day to support students with EHCPs. They also work with other students for timetabled interventions predominately during morning tutor time.
- Reading comprehension
- Spelling workshops
- ELSA (emotional literacy)
- SALT (speech and language therapy)
- Memory development
- Hand gym
- EAL (English as an Additional Language) classes
- SULP (social use of language) support at break and lunch times
- Homework club (afterschool)
We work closely with a range of external agencies who provide specialist support and advice for individual students depending on their needs. These agencies include:
- SALT (Speech and Language Therapy)
- Educational Psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
- Auditory and visual support services
- Local Authority SEN/ Inclusion Team
Assessment and monitoring:
All students who enter the Academies are assessed for baseline reading, spelling and numeracy skills and this information is used alongside other data to identify students who may require additional support. Intervention sessions are provided to target specific development needs and the progress of each student is monitored closely. Students who do not make progress in light of interventions are placed on the SEN register and further interventions are provided.
The SEN register is reviewed on an ongoing basis to ensure that students are moved through the SEN stages of the Code of Practice in an accurate and timely manner.
Support from teaching assistants
Teachers and teaching assistants communicate and work closely together to ensure that support is effective and timely. Teaching assistants often work with small groups of students within a lesson to develop particular skills and regularly make use of multi-sensory teaching packs to provide visual and hands-on approaches to learning in lessons.
We pride ourselves on being fully inclusive and predominately all students attend mainstream lessons with their peers, to ensure they gain the highest specialist subject knowledge from their teachers. Staff at the Academy are continually receiving CPD on how to support a variety of additional needs, therefore in line with the DfE Code of practice First Quality Teaching is at the heart of support for SEND students.
For further support on Bournemouth’s services and provision to supporting parents and young people click here see the local offer.