Department Overview

  • At present, we have 3 full time teachers (two of whom who are the assistant SENCos and KS3 and KS4 SENCos), two part-time teachers and 21 (mostly part-time) SSAs.
  • We have 4 very small teaching rooms and two larger ones (one with 5 pupil computers and one with 10). There are projectors in 3 of the rooms.
  • Equipment: see separate list


Key Stage 3

  • In Years 7 and 8 we cover a range of topics which we link to a variety of literacy skills (see separate list). Each of these includes written assessments and are also linked to the BLP learning skills. The groups consist predominantly of statemented children, who attend this course instead of MFL. Some non-statemented pupils are also offered the opportunity to attend, places permitting.
  • We run a number of workshop groups, whereby small groups of pupils are withdrawn for spelling- , reading, social skills and speech & language-based interventions.


Key Stage 4

  • Our Year 9-11 Asdan groups consist predominantly of former ARC pupils. Other students with severe learning difficulties are also offered this opportunity, spaces permitting.
  • Asdan CoPE is a skills-based course, which is 100% coursework.
  • Some students also complete the Asdan Wider Key Skills course (also 100% coursework).
  • In Year 11, all students then do the AQA Preparation For Working Life GCSE course.
  • This group also does the AQA Functional Skills ICT (Level 1) course with us.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • The faculty runs Homework Clubs for both KS3 and 4 every lunchtime and three evenings per week.
  • We host a variety of lunchtime clubs, including Arts & Crafts, Spanish Club, three different social interaction groups and a board game club.
  • The pupils also participate in a number of community-based activities, such as Wednesday Club (a weekly activities club for the elderly) and a variety of fundraising events.


Career Options

  • As part of the Asdan CoPE and WKS courses, students attend a number of courses at Solihull College, designed to prepare them for post-16 study.
  • All the modules on the Preparation For Working Life course prepares students for their chosen careers.

Contact the Head of Department/Faculty

For further information, please contact Ms. M. Evans or Mr R. Dougall



Learning Support

KS3 Fixed Group Schemes of Work

Year 7

All About Me
Sheila & The Robbers
Mister Stink / Gangsta Granny
Recount Texts & Newspaper Reports
Aliens & Dinosaurs
The Ghoul Of Badger O’Toole


Year 8

Mortlock Hall
World War II
Homelessness / Buddy
Persuasive Writing
Animal Research Project
Escape From Kraznir


Alderbrook School

Technology & Specialised Equipment Currently Used To Support Pupils


Word Processing

  • Pupils who have significant difficulties with spelling and/or handwriting, particularly those who have had such barriers identified on their statements, are permitted to complete longer written tasks on computers. This strategy is clearly identified on their pupil profiles, which are distributed to all teaching and support staff.
  • Netbooks are made available to these pupils and also used for withdrawal groups (we have 9 of each).
  • Laptops are available for use by some pupils in lessons. There are also two which are adapted for uses in exams.

Tools Used To Support Children With Dyslexia/Irlen’s Syndrome

  • Dictaphones are available for pupils with dyslexia for the recording of homework and to reinforce other information which would be written in their pupil planners.
  • Dragon : voice recognition software is used for severely dyslexic pupils for word-processing longer assignments.
  • AlphaSmart : laptops provided to pupils for word-processing.
  • Exampen : personal reading assistant: scans text, pronounces scanned words and aids spelling.
  • Small and A4 coloured overlays.
  • Magnifying overlays.
  • Coloured-paper exercise books (used by one pupil).


Computer Games & Online Learning Tools

  • Lexia Learning : is used to support some pupils with literacy.
  • Nessie : this reading and spelling games package is used to support the majority of pupils with literacy difficulties. This is an integrated learning system; pupils wear headphones and are immersed in the learning activities.
  • Doddle : this is an online package which has been installed on the school’s website. Teachers can select a range of resources (including quizzes, videos, worksheets etc.) and allocate them to specific students. A markbook is automatically compiled and pupils are offered guidance on questions they have got wrong.
  • Online facilities – such as SAM Learning and BBC Bitesize – are extensively used.
  • Moodle : this is similar to Doddle but instead of readily installed tasks, teachers upload files for pupils to access, download and use. This can be any type of file, anything from worksheets to PowerPoints. As with Doddle, tasks can be accessed from home and it has proved a useful tool for pupils with organisation and/or communication difficulties, as they don’t need to worry about looking after sheets and parents are enabled to support the managing of homework tasks.
  • We are looking at the possibility of ordering a set of iPads, installed with some recommended literacy apps.


Other Technology Used In Learning Support Classrooms

  • Interactive whiteboards and projectors.
  • NGRT Digital: this is being looked at as a possible replacement for the current NGRT reading screen tests from September 2015.


Other Specialised Equipment

  • Specialised stool for one child who has cerebral palsy.
  • Dycem non-slip paper reel, also for use by the child who has cerebral palsy.
  • A range of stress balls.