The Gainsborough Academy 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:
We understand that pupils learn and develop in different ways. Teachers and teaching assistants recognise this and use different teaching styles, resources and plan different levels of work in the classroom to cater for the various ways children learn. However, many pupils, at some time in their school life, need extra help.
We offer the following support for SEND pupils:
With the permission of parents we may seek additional advice from outside specialists such as health professionals, specialist teachers or educational psychologists who would:
Our teachers/teaching assistants work in partnership with parents and the SENDCO to find ways to support each pupil with their needs, including giving parents ideas on how to help their child at home.
Our school staff will set targets for SEND children which will be shared with parents, either during Parents’ Evening or a Review Meeting. If your child has Special Educational Needs our SENDCO will:
A Support Plan / Provision Map details what the school, the class teacher and the SENDCO plan to do to help individual pupil learn. A Support Plan will be written for any child with SEND. It will include:
These plans are shared with parents / carers.
If a child’s needs are very complex and/or severe we may ask the Local Authority to carry out an Education, Health and Care Assessment:
Education, Health and Care Assessment is only appropriate for a small number of children. Mr Boucher, our Academy SENDCO, will be able to advise you about this.
At The Gainsborough Academy, 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 pupils underpinned by our Gainsborough Pledges. Our curriculum also includes the social aspects that are essential for life-long learning.
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.
At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum The Gainsborough Academy remain committed to:
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 the Gainsborough Academy, we follow a graduated support approach which includes “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
This means that we will:
As part of this approach, we will produce a SEND 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.
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.
Pupil assessment is an on-going process and forms an essential part of teaching and is designed to promote the raising of achievement. Pupil assessments provide important information for pupil review and support meetings and is also used to gather evidence for referral to external support agencies.
A special educational need can be a number of different things. For example, a pupil may be having problems with reading and number work, which can be helped by putting extra support in at school and by working in partnership with parents. It may also be due to a disability which makes it harder for a pupil to use the same educational facilities that the school provides for the majority of children. For some pupils this may be a temporary difficulty, while others may have a long term need for special help.
At The Gainsborough Academy we have experience of supporting children and young people with a wide range of need including:
Within in school we have teaching and support staff who have extensive knowledge of SEND. The school has a number of Teaching Assistants who have training and expertise in the following areas;
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the Academy to arrange an appointment.