SEN Curriculum Guide

The SEN Department is headed by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Mrs A Barley.

She is supported by a team, comprising of a Senior Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs).


The majority of LSAs support small groups or individual pupils during the course of timetabled lessons.  Some LSAs are attached to a subject area, others support pupils with identified particular special needs.


During Year 7 and 8, small groups of pupils are withdrawn from their normal timetable for a short period each week to attend a programme of literacy and numeracy catch up lessons where their progress is monitored. In Year 7, two extra classes are created in both English and Mathematics in order to reduce class size and maximise the level of support available. Throughout all year groups identified pupils with SEN follow a computerised individual learning programme called Word Shark/Number Shark in order to boost their achievement in literacy and numeracy.


The school works closely with outside agencies within the Local Authority to provide higher level support for pupils where required.


Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are produced for pupils for whom we modify the National Curriculum.  The targets on an IEP are shared with the pupils, their parents and school staff.  IEPs are regularly reviewed and modified.  Successful completion of targets is recorded as part of the target setting review system.


A team of Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Learning Support Assistants support pupils with identified special needs.  Learning Support Base 1 (LB1, the SEN room) is used as a teaching base in periods 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  Before school it acts as a drop-in centre for pupils who wish to discuss issues with a member of staff.  Many SEN pupils opt to spend their breaks and lunch hours in the special needs area.  At such times LB1 acts as a friendship base for pupils who need extra support.