Special Educational Need and Disability (SEND)
Local Special Educational Need and Disability Offer
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The school’s policy on special educational needs follows the DFES’s Code of Practice on the identification and assessment of special educational needs. The governing body’s Policy Statement on the Curriculum makes clear that each student shall experience a curriculum that is broad, balanced and differentiated to meet his/her particular needs. It states that “every student is entitled to a curriculum that is rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, enabling every individual to fulfil her or his potential to the highest possible standard”. The school has also placed upon itself the responsibility to monitor progress and consider attainment and effort for every student. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Department also liaise closely with outside agencies, i.e. Educational Psychology Service, Behaviour Support Service, Social Workers, etc.
The 1993 Education Act requires that the SEND policy in all schools shall have regard to the contents of the Code of Practice. Great Baddow High School has, for many years, made appropriate provision for the education of students with special needs through the Learning Support Department.
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The SEND Department
The Learning Support Department has two teaching rooms, an administration office and an interview room for meetings. We have one SENDCO, one Learning Support Manager, one Learning Support Administrator, one part-time Learning Support Specialist, one Nurture teacher and currently thirteen Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).
Our aim is to assist students in overcoming barriers to learning. These barriers can range from specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia and autistic spectrum disorders, to issues such as low self-esteem, anger management problems or school phobia. Students are supported educationally, socially, emotionally and physically and the support is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student.
Students with SEND spend most of their time in mainstream lessons with support allocated appropriate to their needs. Learning support is deployed between Year 7 and Year 11 across all areas of the curriculum. We work alongside the teaching staff in the classroom, providing whole class support, working with just a small group of students within the class, or on a one-to-one basis with a specific student. We may also withdraw certain students, in consultation with parents, to work individually, or in small groups, on building their literacy and numeracy skills. Some of our students work with us on their particular areas of need during morning registration sessions once or twice a week in order to improve their skills in reading, spelling, comprehension, handwriting, maths and organisation.
Fostering Positive Working Relationships
Learning support assistants have the opportunity to build a rapport with the SEND students they work with in the classroom through clarifying tasks, assisting students in deconstructing tasks into manageable goals through differentiation, giving positive reinforcement and encouragement, checking on their progress and that they remain on task. This ensures the students increase their self-esteem and confidence which impacts on their learning and development.
Resources and Clubs
Our classrooms provide access to a number of computers, a wide variety of learning resources and books with a range of age and ability levels. Students can seek help and advice with their homework through the Homework Club provided by the LSAs at both Upper and Lower School lunchtimes. Additionally we offer three other lunchtime clubs (Craft Club, Game for a Laugh and Book Buddies) to encourage and facilitate further acquisition of social skills through different activities. Students are invited to attend and participate in group activities in order to gain experience and practise their social skills in a safe, unthreatening environment.
The SEND Department encourages our students to be involved in helping others. Over the last three years we have initiated a variety of charitable activities such as cake sales and sleepovers which have helped to promote and raise awareness of the needs of others in the school, local, national and international communities. Money raised has been used to send resources to our partner school in Kenya and to support many other charities such as Farleigh Hospice, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Great Ormond Street Hospital, World Vision and the natural disaster recoveries in Haiti and Japan. Not only do the sponsored charities benefit, but the students have the opportunity to learn about other cultures, thus broadening their global awareness. They develop their values of responsibility, compassion, generosity and humanity and enhance their skills of communication and most of all they enjoy the chance to get involved in giving back to the community.
If you have any questions and wish to contact the Learning Support Department at Great Baddow High School this can be done by telephoning the school office on 01245 265821 or by e-mailing: