Learning Support/SEND - Local Offer

Learning Support/SEND - Local Offer

The Learning Support Department is led by our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) Mr Tupman and supported by our team of Learning Support Assistants. The department works with special educational needs and disability (SEND) students in the classroom, through individual and small group interventions in literacy and numeracy and offer supervised social groups and a chill zone at break and lunch time.
Parents/carers are able to contact the school by email or telephone to arrange an appointment to speak to the SENCo or relevant member of our Learning Support Team. 
Progress reports are sent to parents/carers four times a year. This report will outline student's attendance, end of year target, current grade and effort grades. All parents/carers of year 7 students are invited to a 'Meet the Form Tutor' evening in September.  If your son’s progress is a course for concern you will be asked to attend one of our Alert Evenings 
The school also communicates important information and celebrates success through the use of text messages, school website and school newsletter.

Mr Tupman - Curriculum Leader of Learning Support Department

Mr Burks – Learning Support Assistant

Learning Support Assistants

Shelley Ridler, Jack Lewis (remove Hazel and Victoria)

The department also works closely with the school's Pastoral Team to support the emotional wellbeing of all SEND students. The Learning Support Department may involve the school Pastoral Support Worker, Inclusion Officer, Attendance Officer, the school nurse and 2 RELATE counsellors.

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Transition from Primary School/Leavers

The SENCO and key members of the Learning Support Department collect specific SEN information from all feeder primary schools as soon as students are allocated a place at Audenshaw School. A member of the department will contact the primary school to see if a visit to meet students, class teachers and parents/carers would be useful in supporting the student’s transition to secondary school. 

All Year 6 students attend the school for transition days in July and both students and parents/carers are required to attend a transition evening to meet their form tutor and collect important information about the school.

Staff support students in planning for post 16 education and/or employment. Local post 16 providers visit the school and students are encouraged to visit their open days; post 16 providers also attend Parents’ Evenings in Year 10 and 11. The school works closely with local post 16 providers and they frequently run subject based sessions in school.

The school also provides all students with access to our careers advisor who can guide them in making applications to post 16 education or training.

Furthermore, the Pastoral Team has a Pastoral Officer who can be contacted and offer support for students and parents/carers with anxieties or worries about school, home life and friendships etc. The Peer Mentor Team are a group of year 10 and 11 students who are trained in listening to and supporting other students in school. Students, parents/carers and staff can make referrals to any of these services by contacting a Year Leader or Miss Breakell, Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development).

How will I know if my child is making progress?

  • Progress will be monitored in line with the school assessment calendar. (Assessment points are 3 times per year) It will show your child's target grade, working at grades and level of effort in each class.
  • If your son's progress is a cause for concern you will be invited to attend one of our Alert Evenings.
  • Please note that from September 2014 School Action Plus was replaced with the new category of SEN Support and that Statements were replaced with Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).  Children on EHCP's will have an annual statutory review.

How will the school know what needs my child has?

If a student is known to have SEND when they arrive at Audenshaw School, the Learning Support Department will:

  • use the information from primary school to provide a basis for appropriate interventions;
  • visit the primary school to meet with Year 6 teachers, SENCo and parents/carers to ensure appropriate transition arrangements are made;
  • ensure ongoing observation and assessment to provide feedback about which level of intervention is appropriate;
  • where appropriate, set up an initial transition meeting with parents/carers and relevant agencies to discuss plans for annual review (health care plan meeting).

The Learning Support Department also tests all students in Year 7 in reading fluency, comprehension, spelling and numeracy. We use recognised standards tests such as the Vernon spelling test and NGRT reading and comprehension test.

From this data the following levels of interventions will be arranged and put into place. You will receive a letter explaining the provision they will be accessing during that academic year.

What types of support might my child receive?

Wave 1 Differentiated lessons, planned and delivered as part of normal first quality teaching in the classroom environment.

Wave 2 Targeted use of additional support in the classroom. Normally involves the use of a Learning Support Assistant working alongside the teacher helping identified students. This can also include students receiving additional support outside the classroom such as morning registration catch up sessions in spelling, reading comprehension or handwriting.

Wave 3 Specialised lessons from the Learning Support Department in mathematics and literacy. These will be in the form of small classes with a specialist teacher often supported by a Learning Support Assistant.

In Maths, students are tested using the WRAT4 numeracy test in order to track progress.

Interventions may take place before or after school as well as during lunchtimes or tutor times (Wave 2). Some withdrawals may be from mainstream lessons. These can be arranged in small groups or some cases on a one to one basis (Wave 3). Withdrawal will be carefully considered and parents/carers will be informed before arrangements are put in place.
Interventions are often led by Learning Support Assistants who receive regular training. All interventions will be reviewed and evaluated regularly to track progress using the assess, plan, do and review process.

Interventions can include:

  • literacy support including programmes such as Lexia;
  • numeracy support including the SSER Numeracy Programme;
  • phonographix literacy for students with low reading and comprehension levels;
  • reading support from Reading Leaders in morning registration;
  • Mathematical support from Sixth Form students in morning registration; delete
  • small nurture Maths & English groups;
  • language support for students where English is not their home language;
  • games club;
  • chill zone pass;
  • meeting with the Peer Mentors;
  • writing rescue handwriting support;
  • SEAL Group;
  • informal parent drop-in sessions.

Health, Emotional Health and Wellbeing

The school follows Department for Education guidelines on administering medication and supporting students with medical conditions. 

The parents/carers of students who need to take medication are asked to provide details of their child’s medical condition and how the medication needs to be taken. A care plan may then be developed from this information in partnership with students, parents/carers and the SENCo. All medication is kept in a secure location.

Staff are regularly updated on students’ health needs and these details are available for staff to view on the school's alert list. Where appropriate, staff receive specialist training e.g. the use of an epipen and supporting students with diabetes.

The school works closely with the school nurse and Attendance/Pastoral Officer to provide support based on each student’s needs; they are also available for all students on a drop-in basis.

We work closely with other agencies to support the emotional wellbeing of students and their families. The school is able to make referrals to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and other family support services.
The school offers counselling sessions with a Relate counsellor.

Furthermore, the Pastoral Team has a Pastoral Support Worker and a Pastoral Officer who can be contacted and offer support for students and parents/carers with anxieties or worries about school, home life and friendships etc.

The Peer Mentor Team are a group of year 10 and 11 students who are trained in listening to and supporting other students in school.
Students, parents/carers and staff can make referrals to any of these services by contacting a Year Leader or Miss Breakell, Assistant Headteacher (Personal development).


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