Bishop Ullathorne has a busy and successful Learning Support department, with a high profile across the school. How does it work? Read on to find out about our offer to parents and children.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of
you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
Meet the Learning Support Team
The SEN (Special Educational Needs) register
Our school currently provides different provision for a range of needs, including
Our SEN (special educational needs) register is a list of pupils who need additional and/or different provision from their peers in one or more of these areas.
How pupils are identified and added to the SEN register.
Firstly, we begin in year seven by taking account of primary school information and assessing reading ages. Many departments also do baseline tests. Slow progress and low attainment will not automatically mean a pupil is put on the register. We assess whether we can provide support by adapting our core offer, this is the provision that all pupils are given. If something different or additional is needed, then a child is put on the register.
Secondly, class teachers will make regular assessments of progress for all pupils and identify those whose progress:
- Is significantly slower than that of their peers starting from the same baseline
- Fails to match or better the child’s previous rate of progress
- Fails to close the attainment gap between the child and their peers
- Widens the attainment gap.
Finally, concerns are sometimes triggered by parents and students themselves and
listening to students and parents is an essential partnership at our school.
Coventry's Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Local Offer
In Key Stage 4 and the 6th form, we are still here to support our SEND students, although we hope that they will begin to develop their independence ready for their transition to post-16 or post-18 provision. Below is a list of some of the support that we put in.
Key stage 4: years 10 and 11
- More student input and discussion of their Student Support Plans
- Booster classes for specific subjects
- Extra revision classes and homework study groups after school
- Small group and one-to-one withdrawal from classes
- In-class Teaching Assistant support
- Exam access arrangements are assessed and formally put into place for GCSE examinations.
- Dyslexia mentoring and drop in sessions
- Extra careers meetings with our Career’s Advisor and support for applications to post-16 provisions, as well as extra visits to college if needed
6th form: years 12 and 13
We encourage our SEND students to become part of the 6th form pastoral system and work closely with them to make sure staff understand any extra needs or barriers to learning, however, we don’t abandon them!
- Student support plans, written in partnership with students to send out to teachers
- Continuance of exam access arrangements
- Extra support from the career’s advisor and support for University applications
- Booster sessions
- Opportunities for flexible arrangements for private study
We are delighted to say that many of our SEN pupils have made very successful transitions from school and we are extremely proud of them!