Our SENCO is Miss K Coates and she can be reached via phone and at email@example.com
As a school we are mindful of and comply with expectations of the SEN and disability code of practice (0-25 years June 2014) as shown in our SEN policy. We use different interventions and approaches to address specific areas of need and would look carefully at your child’s individual needs when deciding how best to support your child, in consultation with parents/carers and the young person.
We have developed a Special Educational Needs Information Report which will give more information on how we support children with special educational needs in our school. This will be regularly reviewed and updated.
More information on support available with Derbyshire can be found on the Derbyshire local offer, website here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/special_educational_needs/default.asp
To read our SEND report, please click here: SEND Information Report 2017-18
I feel more confident because of the help I get
- K (Year 10)
How do we help?
Most of our work is achieved by supporting students in the subject classroom. Support is focused upon the younger students as they establish themselves at secondary school, whilst older students are encouraged to develop independence. Some students will require a greater amount of support. Students are withdrawn from some lessons during Years 7 & 8 to help develop their Literacy and Numeracy skills. In Years 10 and 11 students can opt for specific lessons in Life Skills to develop their basic skills, improve their independence and prepare them for the world or work. We also have a Nurture Group to enable students with significant learning difficulties to be taught in a small group by a specialist SEN teacher for many of their key curriculum subjects. In addition we provide targeted help and support on a day to day basis, offer homework and breakfast clubs to support students before and after school.
Extra literacy has really helped me be a better reader
- S (Year8)
What is the Special Needs Department?
Some students may have needs that are additional to or different from those of other students at school. These students may have learning difficulties, behavioural problems, communication problems or physical disabilities. It is the job of the Special Educational Needs Department to help these students to overcome these difficulties and to ensure that they can achieve their potential. It is staffed by a wide range of staff all of whom have a variety of qualifications and areas of expertise. The department is led by the SENCo: Rebecca Prince.
The Special Educational Needs Department is based in a number of rooms within the Pastoral Area of the school. This enables us to liaise closely with the pastoral staff in order to best meet the needs of individual students.
Working in small groups makes me happy
- J (Year8)
How do we know which students need help?
Before students transfer to Friesland School we visit them in their primary schools in both Year 5 and 6. When they join us in Year 7 we assess all students for reading, spelling and writing skills. Students with more complex needs will be included on the school‛s special needs register and staff will be given strategies to support their learning. A small number of students will continue to find it difficult to progress at school despite our support. We will then ask other professionals from outside agencies to help.
My TA helps me to understand the work
- C (Year 9)
How can parents help?
A close partnership between school and home is essential if students are to make progress. Parents will always be fully involved and informed of their child‛s special educational needs. Parents are also central in supporting the measures taken by school. Students also have a responsibility in making the correct decisions about their education.
Derbyshire Information, Advice and Support Service for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – DIASS (formerly Parent Partnership) provide free, impartial and confidential information to parents and children and young people on issues around education, health and social care, relating to special educational provision. www.derbyshireiass.co.uk