Special Educational Needs
Approach to Learning
The department offers support to pupils both in and out of class. In class support is provided by a team of Teaching Assistants (TAs) and 2 Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs).
They work with pupils and teachers in lessons to ensure that lesson content is accessible for pupils with learning support needs and with the intention of pupils achieving their best learning outcome, regardless of their level or type of need.
Learning support is also provided by TAs and HLTAs outside of class for small groups and individuals so that particular needs can be addressed. Some diagnostic testing can be undertaken with pupils, for example regarding dyslexia or Key Stage 4 exam access arrangements.
Pupils for whom English is an additional language are supported by 2 dedicated TAs in some of their lessons and there are additional English lessons for some of these pupils.
Key Stage 3 content (Year 7-9)
In addition to the support strategies already described, reading and spelling support groups, led by TAs, provide additional support for pupils who need to improve these essential skills.
Key Stage 4 content (Year 10-11)
In addition to the support strategies already described, pupils who are entitled receive support from TAs during controlled assessments and key stage 4 exams.
SEN - School Offer
St Edmund’s Catholic School seeks to provide a quality educational experience for every pupil embedded within a strong Christian spiritual environment. The school strives to be a secure, caring, well organised Catholic Christian community in which the ethos is one of justice with equality. Pupils with SEN contribute to our diversity and richness and they are entitled to opportunities to develop their whole person within the school’s living, worshipping and purposeful community.
What are Special Educational Needs? (SEN)
A pupil can be described as having SEN if he or she has a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her. Special educational provision can be made when a pupil has:
- A significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of other pupils of the same age.
- A disability that prevents or hinders him or her from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for pupils of the same age in a mainstream school.
What types of SEN are there?
The SEN Code of Practice (COP) provides practical advice to schools and other relevant organisations on how to carry out their statutory duties to identify, assess and make provision for children and young people with SEN. In the Code of Practice the following four categories of SEN are identified:
- Communication and interaction needs.
- Cognition and learning needs.
- Social, mental and emotional health needs.
- Sensory and or physical needs.
Current School Offer For SEN Pupils