We believe that every student should be able to fulfil their potential and we seek to remove barriers to learning by the wide range of support we offer. We offer support for students with a wide range of special needs but also believe in supporting any students who face barriers to their learning.
We are organised into three teams, which have areas of expertise and focus.
The Inclusion Support Team provides support to students with medical, physical or sensory difficulties, students with literacy or numeracy needs or students who need some additional support to access their learning.
The Learning Needs Team support students with learning difficulties. Our provision for learning consists of a specialist Learning Base for Year 7 and 8 students located on the Barnfield Campus, support for Year 9 students and a supported curriculum pathway at key stage four. We are also privileged to have the SpLD Support Centre based at QE and benefit greatly from the expertise the staff are able to provide.
We are fortunate to have a diverse range of provision available to us; the Learning Base caters for the most complex learners, so their needs can be met in a specialised and highly supported environment. Our short but intensive programmes of intervention in areas such as reading, writing and numeracy provide a boost for students where this presents a specific barrier.
The Communication and Interaction Team provides highly specialised and tailor made support both in and out of the classroom for students with communication needs such as Autism Spectrum Condition, speech and language needs or attachment difficulties. We are very fortunate to have a ‘My PLaCE’ on each campus; these bases stand for ‘My Personalised learning and communication environment’. They enable students to be supported with both learning and social skills to remove their barriers and provide a safe space for those with specific sensory needs.
We are keen that our provision is driven by need and pride ourselves on being flexible so we can meet student need rather than making the needs fit our provisions; for this reason our provisions are under constant review to ensure our provision is still in demand and is highly effective.
We also feel that relationships are extremely important in getting the best out of every student with SEND; we are very keen to work in partnership with parents and carers and meet regularly with you.
You can find more details of how the Learning Support Team is organised as well as more information on transition, assessment and exam access arrangements, as well as links to key individuals to contact and the links to other key information in our Special Educational Needs Policy.