Learning Support Faculty
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
A copy of our SEN information report and related documents can be found at the bottom of this page. Our SEN Policy can be found here. These documents will provide you with information about the support you can expect to receive here at Bishopshalt.
Learning Support Faculty
The Learning Support Faculty is here to support all learners at Bishopshalt School. All learners will, at some time, have the opportunity to ask for extra help from a support teacher, to take part in a learning activity out of lesson time, or, to have access to some regular support or tuition in class from the specialist teachers and teaching assistants. Learners are encouraged to take advantage of this extra support.
The Learning Support Faculty follows the guidance and procedures outlined in the ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years' (2015). A key principle is that all teachers have a role to play in identifying, assessing and meeting the needs of learners who have individual learning needs. Every teacher is a teacher of SEND. As such, many learners will have their learning needs met within the ordinary classroom, without any further support being required, and without being placed on 'SEN support’ on the SEN Register.
For learners who require increased, targeted interventions and possibly support from outside agencies, the Code of Practice highlights an approach which relies on an effective system of assessing pupils needs, planning and implementing interventions, then reviewing pupil progress to their goals or desired outcomes. This is a continuous cycle of SEN support. For pupils with more complex needs, Education and Health Care Plans ensure pupils' needs are met. These procedures are set out in the school's 'Special Educational Needs Policy'.
The Learning Support Faculty employs specialist teachers and teaching assistants, who are provided with appropriate support and training to enable the school to meet the individual learning needs of all our learners. The Faculty provides advice, support and training to all teachers in the school, so that the needs of our learners are met across the curriculum. This will help to ensure that learners are provided with work that is at an appropriate level for them, but, that they are also ‘challenged’ and make progress. In addition, we are able to work with a range of professionals from Education to Health and Social Services, towards achieving the five key outcomes for children and young people identified in ‘Every Child Matters’ (2003) – being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and, achieving economic well-being.
Transferring to Secondary School
Starting at Secondary School is an exciting time, but it can also be a worrying time for children, and for their parents and carers. At Primary School, your child’s class teacher has been a point of contact if they had any difficulties in or out of the classroom. At Secondary School, your child will encounter many more teachers. It can be less easy to find someone to talk to if they are experiencing difficulties in a subject area, or if they have had difficulties in the past, and you need to pass on information or talk to specific teachers.
The Learning Support Faculty can provide that link alongside your child’s Form Tutor and Year Tutor, and we will be keen to make sure that your child’s individual learning needs are met at Bishopshalt School. At this time, regular contact between parents and the school will usually swiftly sort out any problems that arise, and will enable all children to feel secure, to enjoy learning, and to achieve their potential across the curriculum and wider aspects of school life.
Also refer to the Year 6 Transition section of our website.
Partnership with Parents
The Learning Support Faculty works closely with parents and carers, and sees this equal partnership as being vital if learners with individual learning needs are to make good progress. Advice is regularly given as to how parents can help to monitor and practically assist with their child’s learning, particularly with spelling and reading activities. Parents are kept informed of progress, and staff are always willing to discuss any concerns that parents or learners may have.
Teachers from the Learning Support Faculty are available for informal discussions at the Year 6 open evening, on the Year 6 intake day before transferring to secondary school, at the Year 7 welcome evening and progress meeting in the first half of the Autumn Term. Teachers from the Faculty will also be available at Parents’ Consultation Evenings for all year groups, and can usually be consulted on these occasions without appointment. At other times, you are welcome to contact the school by telephone, and to request an appointment with the Head of Learning Support if a more detailed discussion is required.
The Learning Support Faculty occupies its own dedicated accommodation, which includes two teaching rooms, a small meeting room, and an office. The Faculty is well-resourced, having two small computer suites, interactive whiteboards, a wide range of curriculum resources, and excellent reading resources provided through funding from ‘Awards for All’ (The National Lottery).
The following points summarise some key areas where the Learning Support Faculty provides support for pupils with individual learning needs:
- Assessment of learners’ literacy skills, and general aptitudes and abilities
- Home/school support programmes to develop literacy skills
- Registration reading and spelling activities for Year 7 (Lexia)
- Lunchtime homework support (Monday lunchtimes) with teaching assistants
- A supportive ‘transition classroom’ environment in literacy-based subjects for a small group of learners in Year
- Teaching programmes to address specific skills devised by specialist teachers/visiting professionals from education and health services, or as detailed on an EHCP (Education and Health Care Plan)
- Tuition in smaller teaching groups for learners who have individual learning
needs in a number of curriculum subjects, ensuring a greater degree of individual
help, and a suitably differentiated curriculum, while maintaining full access to the National Curriculum
- Key Stage 4 Study programme (led by HLTA)
- Examination support for learners with individual learning needs in internal
school examinations, end of key stage examinations and GCSEs, in accordance with examination board guidelines
- Setting learning targets and monitoring and reviewing the progress of learners at
informal and formal review meetings
- Monitoring and evaluating the progress of all pupils with individual learning
Hillingdon Children's Therapy Service
Hillingdon's children's therapy service regularly updates information and support for parents/carers, through their website where you can access Speech and Language Therapy, Physiotherapy, and Occupational Therapy. See their flier 'Hillingdon Talks, Moves and Plays' below for more details and links.
They also have a CITS advice line (01895 488 200) and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts which you may find useful.
Mrs C Cockcroft
Head of the Learning Support Faculty (SENCo)
Hours: Mon, Tues & Thursday - 9.30am - 2.30pm/Friday 8.30am - 2.30pm