Student Development combines mainstream learning support for students with a broad range of additional learning and social needs and the ARC (Additionally Resourced Centre), for children with Autism. We have a highly qualified and experienced team of four specialist teachers, 3 senior SSAs and 14 Specialist Support Assistants (SSAs). The Team Leader is the SENDCo.
We are guided by the SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 (2014) and make provision for our students based on the Graduated Approach.
The provision available to students is intended to meet individual needs and to facilitate inclusion in mainstream classes. The interventions are designed to meet need in the four areas identified in the Code of Practice which are: Cognition and Learning; Communication and Interaction; Social, Emotional and Mental Health and Sensory and/or Physical Needs.
Literacy, Numeracy, Nurture, SocCs (social and communication skills), Assistive Technology, Speech and Language and Fine and Gross Motor Skills.
We have a Study Hub, staffed by an experienced senior SSA, which provides a quiet learning space each day. Students are provided with cards to access this provision where a need has been identified and agreed.
In addition we have four dedicated learning spaces for ASDAN CoPE and Nurture; SocCs; Literacy and Numeracy.
We have a mainstream Autism Lead Teacher.
Key Workers are assigned to our students on the SEND register at ‘SEN support’.
We offer supervised break and lunchtime and after school clubs for our students.
Our practice is further informed, advised and supported by practitioners from specialist external agencies, who may also visit our students, via referrals agreed by parents and carers, within our department e.g. educational psychologists and members of the SISS autism team.