While we are ambitious for every student at our school to achieve, we also recognise that some children are unable to access their full academic potential without flexible, creative, and individualised support. With this positive and helpful approach, many children discover that they can make rapid progress at Hans Price Academy as our teaching and learning environment is creative, liberating and focused upon success.
The Vice Principal, SENCo, Deputy SENCo and College Leaders, oversee students’ who may need additional support either individually or within the classroom environment. Students with SEND are initially identified through close liaison with the primary schools. Students’ needs are also identified through the initial assessment procedures in Year 7 and by ongoing teacher referral; as well as through lesson observations, data analysis and work scrutinies. The school is also very keen to listen to parents’/carers’ concerns and work in partnership with parents and carers.
The SEN Department will liaise closely with teachers, to ensure that every students’s individual needs are being met, including the use of resources such as laptops within the classroom, through quality first teaching. Students identified as having SEND needs are fully included within the school by use of additional resources, including staffing and facilities. All teachers are responsible for meeting the needs of all students with SEND (as indicated by the revised Code of Practice).
Additionally, support for students can be arranged through the use of an intervention. All interventions used are chosen on an individual basis and can range from added Literacy and Numeracy support, mentoring, Thrive, counselling, access arrangements and social and emotional intervention. Students will be assessed on need and the appropriate intervention assigned.
If a student is on the SEND register they will meet a lead TA 3 times a year to update their pupil passport which is how information is shared with teachers, parents will also be contacted by phone or be invited in for a meeting 3 times a year to review their child’s support.
If you are in need of extra support, there are a variety of charities that may be able to offer support. A list of some available is provided below:
Kooth- free, safe and anonymous counselling support. www.kooth.com
Family lives- information and advice for parents/carers of children and young people. www.familylives.org.uk
SOS!SEN- independent and confidential telephone helpline for parents and others looking for information on Special Educational Needs. www.sossen.org.uk
Young Minds- advice surrounding mental health for young people and parents. www.youngminds.org.uk
IPSEA- offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations. www.ipsea.org.uk
Claire Upston – SENCO
I have been a qualified teacher for 21 years and a SENDco for 6 years. I have a PGCE, a Masters of Education and the National Award in Special Educational Needs. I am also a qualified Trauma and Mental Health Informed School Practitioner. I oversee the provision for students on the SEND register, this includes supporting a range of students who may have; social, emotional and mental health needs, specific learning difficulties (such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and DCD), autism or social communication needs, ADHD, general learning difficulties (where students are significantly below ARE) and physical and sensory needs.
Within my role I ensure information is shared with staff to enable quality first teaching in the classroom, I coordinate in class TA support and targeted intervention groups. Within the SEND team we have 11 TAs and an SEMH specialist and assistant.
If you are concerned about your child’s learning or access to the curriculum then please call the main switchboard on (01934)629307 or or e-mail me on [email protected]