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What is the school’s approach to teaching children with SEND, and how do we adapt the curriculum and the learning environment?

Class teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of students in their class and to ensure that your child’s needs are met.
  • Specific resources and strategies will be used to support your child individually and in groups.
  • Planning and teaching will be adapted, to meet your child’s learning needs.
  • The learning environment will be adapted as necessary to support your child, for instance to provide an area to support independent or one to one working.
  • Every classroom is communication friendly, using visual prompts and strategies recommended by the Speech and Language Therapy service For example, all classrooms have visual timetables on display.
  • We have adapted the curriculum for those students who are working at early stages of learning, with ‘pathways’ based on likely outcomes at the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11) or Post16 (Year 13)
  • Our curriculum places emphasis on the development of functional learning (based on the 4 areas of Preparing for Adulthood) and key skills which is based around 8 skills outlined in Skills Builder (Leadership. Listening, Teamwork, Presenting, Aiming High, Creativity, Problem-Solving, Staying Positive).
  • Our schools’ curricula are designed to support our students to prepare for their next stages of development, for example in Key Stage 4 and Post-16 learning is designed to maximise outcomes for adulthood;
    • Access to paid employment / further education or training,
    • Access to housing
    • Access to health care
    • Access to social inclusion

Some students gain additional support through Pupil Premium funding. This is carefully targeted to ensure maximum benefit.