Departmental Vision Statement:
We work as a team to enable the inclusion of all students in the full life of the school and ensure no young people slip through the net:
- By helping young people who need additional support to develop the confidence and skills to complete their education and access the curriculum through in-class support, withdrawal and access to services
- By supporting young people to reach their potential in as many ways as possible
- By being a pivot of communication between students, staff, outside agencies and other stakeholders enabling successful multi-agency work.
- By promoting Every Child Matters
Who are we?
We are a multi professional team, including teachers, teaching assistants and learning mentors. The department has a positive ethos, which everyone strives to maintain. Despite the fact that we are a diverse team with different roles, communication is good and we all work closely together. Child Protection Liaison Teachers (CPLT) and the designated Looked After Children Teacher (LAC) are part of Learning Support.
What do Learning Mentors do?
Learning Mentors are based in Learning Support and add another dimension to the team. They are not teachers or teaching assistants and are able to view the child and their education as a whole (similar to parents but without the emotional ties). They focus mainly on emotional and behavioural barriers to learning rather than learning difficulties.
Some of the work undertaken by Learning Mentors is in the areas of anger management, self-esteem building, mediation, behaviour modification, management of reduced timetables and conflict resolution but above all, they respond individually to each pupil’s need as it arises.
Who do we work with?
- Pupils with additional support needs including SEN
- Disaffected pupils
- Pupils unable to attend full time education
- Pupils needing a gradual integration package
- Pupils at risk of exclusion
- Vulnerable students
- Looked After Children
Students are identified through feeder school liaison, support services, analysis of SATs, referral by pastoral staff (Pupil Support Meetings) and self-referral.
How do we communicate with parents?
Meetings are held regularly with parents of pupils who are accessing support through the department (e.g. SEN reviews, review meetings for LAC, CP core meetings, pupils with long term medical conditions). A representative from Learning Support always attends Parents Evenings and Settling In Evenings as well as Parent Information Evenings.
Who else do we work with?
The team :
- works regularly with the School Nurse, Connexions, Social Services, Educational Psychology Service, Behaviour Support Team, Access and Attendance, Access and Inclusion, Educational audiologist, CFS clinic, Hospital and Home Education, Charities and community support groups.
- is in regular contact with CAMHS, children’s medical services, speech and language therapy.
- accesses advice from other medical practitioners, Dyslexia Action and other charities and voluntary organisations working with young people e.g. SHED, NSPCC, NDCS, SDS, RNID.
A copy of the Special Educational Needs policy can be found here