The Learning Support (SEND) Department
Who are we?
Our team supports students of ALL abilities and from ALL year groups. Our aim is to ensure that students are able to achieve their full potential regardless of any learning difficulty or disability whether that be long term or temporary.
Thomas Alleyne’s High School is committed to the concept of a comprehensive, inclusive education which offers all students the chance to succeed. SEND students work in a positive and supportive atmosphere. There is a commitment to providing the best possible universal provision for all starting with quality, dyslexia friendly teaching in every classroom. Additional support is available, when required, for students of any year group and of any ability. When provided it is with the intention of increasing access, raising attainment, encouraging ambition and improving attitudes. Rather than modifying expectations for students we believe in providing differentiated and individualised support where necessary, whether that be within class, in small groups or one-to-one. In this way all students are able to reach their full potential in terms of learning and extra-curricular participation.
What do we offer?
Additional support may be provided based on an up to date assessment of the student’s needs. This support will follow the process of Plan, Assess, Do, Review and will work towards clear outcomes which are listed on the student’s Learning Needs Passport. Additional support includes:
In the classroom
One to one
Dyslexia Friendly strategies
Pupil Support Assistant
Use of netbooks
Resources – reading rulers, pen grips, stress balls, talking tins
Study techniques e.g. mind mapping
Adapted worksheets – eg printed on coloured paper or enlarged.
Literacy Workshop (Y9)
Numeracy Workshop (Y9)
Coursework support (Y10)
Write Up (All years)
Study Buddies (All years)
Social Club (All years)
Lego Therapy “Big Build”
Meet & greet “Head Start”
Head Start (Before school club)
Paired reading (Y9)
Revision mentoring (Y11)
Exam Dispensation preparation (Y11)
Literacy tuition (All years)
Touch Typing Intervention
How will school support me to support my child’s learning?
This academic year there are a series of Learning Support open evenings which parents are welcome to attend. These include:
|October 19th||5pm – 7.00pm||
Learning Support Open Evening
Year 9 and Year 11
|March 5th||3.30pm – 5pm||Revision Skills drop in session|
|May 17th||3.30pm – 5pm||
Learning Support social event
|June 27th||6pm – 7.30pm||Learning Support Open Evening|
These events provide an opportunity for you to meet the SENCo, talk with your child’s PSA, listen to presentations, collect resources and speak with other parents.
What specialist services and expertise are available?
The Pupil Support Assistants at Thomas Alleyne’s all have an area of specialism in which they are trained and experienced.
|Nicola Carder||Sensory Support / Science|
|Steven Lawton -||Practical Subject Facilitator|
|Becky Hawthorne||Inclusion Manager|
|Amanda Perrett||Intervention Specialist /Maths|
|Sharon Lacey||Assistant SENCo|
|Dyslexia / Dyspraxia / Dyscalculia|
|Lisa Macmillan||Quality First Teaching Support / English|
|Kate Wallbank||Dyslexia Specialist / English|
|Bernard Hunt||Physical Impairment Specialist|
|Naomi Smith||EAL / Maths|
Who can I contact for more information?
If you require independent support or advice contact the Staffordshire S.E.N.D Family Partnership:
Phone: 01785 356921
Hearing Impairment www.ndcs.org.uk
Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
For more information about support for SEND learners in Staffordshire please visit the local authority’s Local Offer on http://www.staffordshirecares.info/pages/general
If you require more information about SEND at Thomas Alleyne’s please phone school to speak to the SENCo (Mr Godwin) on 01889 561820.
Also if you wish to report your own disability or illness, please contact either Mrs Pettitt or your child’s head of house. We will happily make alternative arrangements for parents’ evenings for you, or provide you with information in the form that is most accessible to you.
updated 4 Dec 17