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The Learning Support Department consists of a team of seven specialist Learning Support Teachers and 22 Teaching Assistants, who work with students who have a variety of Special Educational Needs. Students’ needs are addressed in two ways. Students are withdrawn to work in the Department in small groups with the lessons being designed to meet students’ individual special educational needs. Teaching Assistants trained to work with SEN students, provide support in the classroom helping them to access the curriculum successfully and develop further confidence as learners. A small number of Teaching Assistants work with the Vocational Groups in KS4,
The Learning Support Department, which is situated on the ground floor in C block is part of the Inclusion Team which is based there. The Department has well resourced rooms with laptops and Interactive Whiteboards.
For many students, the Learning Support Department provides a safe and secure environment where students’ social, emotional and learning difficulties are addressed and achievements are recognised. Every child really does matter as the Learning Support staff offer an all-round, encompassing approach where the welfare, the emotional well being of the student is as important as the academic support given.
Personalised timetables may be devised for SEN students with a variety of interventions in place.
Key Stage 3
Our aim is to develop the student’s literacy, numeracy, speech, language and communication skills, ICT and social interaction skills so that they become confident, independent learners and achieve their potential at Sedgehill School. We have high expectations for work, behaviour and mutual respect, whilst encouraging the students to enjoy learning and achieving. Students are assessed on entry and grouped according to their needs. There are groups for students with – Specific Learning Difficulties- Dyslexia, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Speech, Language and Communication Needs, ASD, Literacy and Numeracy. All students are taught by specialist Learning Support teachers who carefully plan learning programmes to address the student’s individual needs. ICT plays an important role in our teaching programmes. Teaching Assistants provide in class support enabling SEN students to access the curriculum and achieve their potential.
Key Stage 4
Option Support is offered to assist students in Years 10 & 11 with the increased workload demanded by the GCSEs they are studying. They are given advice and guidance on homework, coursework and controlled assignments and an important focus is placed on learning and revision skills. Students may follow a Vocational course, working in a smaller group with in class support. Students have access to the Vision to Learn Programme which enables them to develop life skills. Designated Teaching Assistants work closely with the Vocational Department to support students with their COPE coursework.
Enrichment and Enhancement Activities
Lunch time clubs take place on Mondays to Fridays, when students are encouraged to take part in various games, crafts and construction activities to develop their literacy and social skills further. Homework support is also available after school.
As incentives for good behaviour and learning we offer trips during the year. These are always in great demand and enjoyed by all.
Learning Support Department 2012-2013:
Ms Bev Morgan AHT / Inclusion Leader
Mrs Mary Masters SENCO –Subject Leader
Ms Sara Elmquist 2 i/c .8 (Monday-Thursday)
Mrs Lucy Spencer 2i/c
Ms Prab Hoogan Full Time
Ms Lee Foreman .8 Monday - Thursday (Maths)
Mrs Barbara Greensmith .6 Tuesday - Thursday
Teaching Assistants - Full Time
Lisa Wilson Teaching Assistant Team Leader
Ms Evette Briscoe
Ms Jacqueline Davenport
Ms Kate Delmar
Ms Rachael Glean-Andrew
Mrs Jo Kelly
Ms Danielle Larmond
Mrs Janette Lincoln
Miss Zoe Shoebridge
Ms Debbie-Ann Smith
Miss Sharon Tether
Miss Makeda Trew
Teaching Assistants - Part Time
Mrs Jo Baker
Mrs Ann Williams
Ms Magda Bentil
Mrs Falguni Desai
Ms Jackie Grantham
Ms Amy Wilcox
Miss Tracy Wilfort
Mrs Julie Hawkes-Rossi Year Y7
Ms Michelle Barratt Year 8
Ms Lois Lucambe Year 9
Ms Lisa Waterman Year 10
Ms Dawn DeRosa Year 11
Miss Roberta Collier
Ms Hayley Nankivell
Mrs Carol Redfern
Mrs Susan Bagshaw HLTA Science Specialism