Welcome to the SEND department page.
This department is led by Miss S Horn and it comprises a team of teaching assistants 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 Jon Egging building and our facilities include two large teaching rooms.
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 statements of SEN. Teaching assistants 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
- Functional Skills in English and mathematics
- 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:
- Learning Support Service (LSS)
- SALT (Speech and Language therapists)
- Educational psychologist
- Occupational Therapist
- Auditory and visual support services
- PPP parenting programme
- Local Authority SEN/ Inclusion Team
- Other services accessed through the Access to Resources 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 requiring 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. Teaching assistants keep a chronological log of interventions and some students received a ‘home-school’ book to ensure high levels of communication between parents/ carers and the staff.
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.
For further support on Bournemouth’s services and provision to supporting parents and young people click here see the local offer.