How We Support SEND
Belmont Community School prides itself in being very inclusive and will endeavour to support every child regardless of their level of need. All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented.
To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum there are some actions we may take to achieve this:
- Ensure that all pupils have access to the school curriculum and all school activities.
- Help all pupils achieve to the best of their abilities, despite any difficulty or disability they may have.
- Ensure that teaching staff are aware of and sensitive to the needs of all pupils, teaching pupils in a way that is more appropriate to their needs.
- Pupils to gain in confidence and improve their self-esteem.
- To work in partnership with parents/ carers, pupils and relevant external agencies in order to provide for children’s special educational needs and disabilities.
- To identify at the earliest opportunity, all children that need special consideration to support their needs (whether these are educational, social, physical or emotional)
- To make suitable provision for children with SEND to fully develop their abilities, interests and aptitudes and gain maximum access to the curriculum.
- Ensure that all children with SEND are fully included in all activities of the school in order to promote the highest levels of achievement.
- To promote self worth and enthusiasm by encouraging independence at all age and ability levels.
- To give every child the entitlement to a sense of achievement.
- To regularly review the policy and practice in order to achieve best practice.
Early intervention and support
At Belmont Community School we are committed to raising standards of literacy and numeracy. Early interventions enable students to make good progress in English and maths and, ultimately, right across the curriculum. There are many different intervention pathways that students can be placed on to ensure that they receive timely and expert support.
Literacy and Numeracy catch up
The Learning Support Department provides catch up support for students in year 7 who need the extra push to meet their aspirational targets. Literacy and numeracy intervention programmes are delivered by highly experienced Learning Support staff. The sessions are offered to students after school once a week, these sessions are offered to students who did not achieve level 4 in English or Maths and KS2.
An experienced English teacher delivers phonics intervention to students who achieved level 3 or below at KS2. Students receive 15 minutes “bursts” of learning daily.
In addition to these we offer Read, Write Inc Freshstart and Accelerated Reader designed to get our students back on track. If you need to know more about any of our programmes, please feel free to contact the School directly.
Types of SEND
At Belmont Community School, we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
The school provides data on the levels and types of need to the Local Authority. This is collected through the school census.
Teaching, Learning and the Curriculum
At Belmont Community School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
For further information you can view the Teaching & Learning Policy in the School Policies section of our website.
How we identify and assess children with special educational needs
Most children and young people will have their special educational needs met in mainstream schools through good classroom practice. This is called Quality First Teaching.
At Belmont Community School, we follow a graduated support approach which is called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
- Assess a child’s special educational needs
- Plan the provision to meet your child’s aspirations and agreed outcomes
- Do put the provision in place to meet those outcomes
- Review the support and progress
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEN Support Plan that describes the provision that we will make to meet a child’s special educational needs and agreed outcomes. Parents and carers will be fully involved in this process.
Statements, Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC)
A small percentage of children and young people with significant learning difficulties might need an assessment that could lead to an Education, Health and Care Plan.
If a pupil arrives at Belmont Community School with a statement of special educational needs, we are legally obliged to meet any needs they have. We will also hold annual review meetings to review progress and set appropriate targets and plans going forward.
As of September 2014, any child with a statement will either have their statement transferred to an EHC plan or have it discontinued if we are able to comfortably meet their needs within our allocated funding. The process of transferring to an EHC plan or ceasing the statement will take place by the end of the summer term 2017.
If the decision is made by county that a statement will cease and not be replaced with an EHC plan, it will be in prior agreement with all parties including the student, their family, the school and any external agencies or professionals involved. In the case of not transferring to an EHC plan, the school will create a SEND support plan in conjunction with the student and their family to set outcomes and make provision appropriate for that child within our own resources. This will involve following the assess (what are the need/needs of the student?), plan (what support do we need to put in place?), do (put the support in place), review (after a set period of time, usually six months, review how it has gone and return to assessing the next steps) process and setting SMART targets (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-based).
Full details can be found on the Local Offer website.
You can find details of how we adapt the curriculum and make it more accessible for pupils with SEN below:
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and pace suitable for their ability. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupil needs.
At times modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the Curriculum, Belmont Community School continues to be committed to:
- A range of teaching and learning styles.
- Differentiated materials (both for reinforcement and extension).
- Access to ICT, equipment and specialist resources.
- Additional in class support.
- Additional out of class support.
- Flexible groupings (including small group work).
- An innovative and supportive curriculum – including an integrated literacy based curriculum at KS3 and an appropriate work based learning curriculum at KS4 for some students.
- The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions.
- Mentoring, counselling and specialist advisory teachers.
- A broad range of extracurricular activities, including homework club and use of the Learning Resource Centre.
- Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and pride in their achievements.
- Key Stage 4 courses which are relevant to pupils’ needs.
- Applications to examination boards to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
- Read. Write Inc Freststart for students with reading ages below 9 years old in KS3.
- Afterschool intervention for literacy and numeracy.
- Key Stage 4 courses relevant to student’s needs.
- Exam concession where needed.
Staffing and any Specialist Qualifications/Expertise
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.