The Grange School has a department dedicated to Support for Learning. Its key role is to deliver a wide range of support for students who are having difficulty accessing the school’s curriculum and are failing to make good progress in their learning.

Support is given to students who are experiencing a range of learning difficulties, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and physical disabilities. Support is also given, by members of the team, to those students experiencing other difficulties, such as medical or attendance problems.

Students are supported by Special Educational Needs (SEN) staff in all curriculum areas, although the focus is often on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. Staff works with students in class, in small groups or as individuals.

HOW WE WORK

The department works closely with staff from Stapleton House, Attendance Officers and the First Aid Officer to support students.

We also work with external agencies to support students and to train teaching staff. These include Educational Psychologists, Specialist SEN Teachers and NHS Services such as Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapists

DEPARTMENT FACILITIES

The Support for Learning Department has a suite of rooms in the front block of the main building. On the second floor is a large teaching room with a small number of computers and a small intervention room. The Assistant Headteacher’s (Support for Learning) and a number of offices for SEN staff are on the first floor. The main SEN classroom is S1, where the majority of the 1.1 support is delivered and the Specialist SEN Teacher supports students. S3 is equipped to deliver group sessions such as transitional support.

Stapleton House is a separate building (alongside the astro-turf) which is designated to support students in groups or individually. The Student Support Manager, Learning Mentors and Behaviour Mentors are based here. Staff in this area work closely with the SENCO, Year Team Leaders and staff in the Inclusion Room to ensure that students are supported in all aspects of school life. Nurture groups are run jointly between SEN and Stapleton House teams.

The school has a number of highly trained LSA’s who spend the bulk of their time in class supporting learning. LSA’s also run group and one to one sessions as required and directed by therapists and specialist teachers.

INTERVENTIONS

The Support for Learning delivers a number of interventions which include:

  • Mentoring of students with EHP’s or high level needs
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 Literacy Interventions to improve reading and spelling
  • Speech and Language interventions and Numeracy Support   
  • Year 7 and 8 Nurture Groups 
  • Social Skills Groups
  • Break and Lunchtime club for vulnerable students in SL1 and SL3 ‘by invite only (currently unavailable due to COVID-19 bubbles)
  • LSA supported After School Homework Club from 3-4pm in IT6&7 (In Covid-19 bubbles)
EXAM ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS

We work closely with The Examinations Officer to follow the Joint Qualifications Council’s statutory guidance on examinations access. We assess students for examinations access arrangements when they have a disability that means they may be eligible. 

DEPARTMENT STAFFING

Mrs S Jackson – Assistant Headteacher, Support for Learning

Miss W Jakeman – SENCO for DISC Students (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

Mrs E Radford – SENCO for all OVER Students (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)

Mr D Palmer – SEN Teacher

Mrs J Nicholas – Specialist Teacher and Assessor

Mrs R Maughan – SLTA with responsibility for SEN support.

Plus a well-trained team of Learning Support Assistants.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

Our SEND policy and Accessibility Policy can be found on the School Policies page

For additional information please contact the school and ask to speak to Mrs S Jackson, Assistant Headteacher, Support for Learning or one of our SENCO’s.

USEFUL LINKS

Autism Bucks

Bucks Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service

Bucks Occupational Therapy Service

Bucks Speech and Language Information Service

National Autistic Society

SENDIAS Bucks

The ADHD foundation

The British Dyslexia Foundation

The Grange School Local Offer