This video was made for our new Year 7s during the pandemic, but it gives a great overview of the department for all students.
Our students are part of the whole school community, they are valued and valuable, they have a voice. They have access to a full range of activities, trips and extension opportunities. All students are encouraged to be part of the Student Voice and contribute to whole school initiatives and change.
Underpinning ALL our provision in school is the graduated approach cycle of Assess, Plan, Do and Review.
All teachers are responsible for every child in their care, including those with special educational needs. Throughout their school career students are assessed, work is planned and once completed the review of this leads to further planning and progress towards outcomes.
We will always do all that we can to ensure students are not excluded from any part of school life, whether that is in the classroom or through extra-curricular activities. Previously we have adapted seating plans for those students who are hard of hearing, visually impaired or are struggling emotionally; utilised wireless microphones for those hard of hearing, provided electronic tablets to help the visually impaired; and created cards to allow students to take a break from the classroom. If students wish to take part in any activity that may be a physical or emotional challenge, they are encouraged to speak to the SEN Team who will always find a solution.
We understand that Parents/Carers are best placed to understand the needs of their child and therefore having a positive, workable relationship between school and home is really important to us. Involving parents and learners in the dialogue is central to our approach, a few examples of how we do this are through:
More details of our approach can be found in our most recent SEND Report on this page.
Dear Students, Parents & Carers,
In this extraordinary time, we all miss you; you are the students who we treasure. We work alongside you, with you and for you. We enjoy, (most of the time), the challenges you set us and we try to work with you to overcome these. We hope that you know we continue to be here for you. We know being at home and learning away from school is very difficult for some of you. We can help you.
FOR EVERY PERIOD:
Remember: It does not matter if you not finish all your work. What is important is that you try to do your work. More importantly look after yourselves and your families and know that, as one very treasured gentleman said, “always remember tomorrow will be a good day”.
We are here for you. If you would like a phone call please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get one of the LSA’s that you know to ring you (just tell us who you would like to hear from).
Very best wishes,
S Brennan (SENCo) and the AEN Team