Our aim is to provide a culture and environment where individual talents and challenges are recognised and self-esteem nurtured. We support students within the curriculum by a combination of individual tuition, general academic counselling and the teaching of study-skills for specific problems. Students are normally seen individually, and in supervised study time rather than by withdrawal from other classes. Specific literacy problems are identified, then tackled using a structured, individualised approach. Prep Club is run by specialist teachers and provides supported prep to students needing subject assistance. Computer programmes and multi-sensory methods support keyboard skills, literacy and learning strategies.
We support students with exam access arrangements and teach them how to use their access arrangements to target the specific areas of weakness that has led to the concession.
Each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) which summarises strengths and weaknesses, defines problems and offers specific strategies and targets. These IEPs are seen by all teachers and by the students to whom they refer. They are reviewed at least annually.
The Department's rooms are available daily as a calm, supportive and welcoming environment for quiet study, and particularly for prep sessions each evening where help and advice is readily available.
As confirmed in our Child Protection Policy, in accordance with paragraph 85 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016, we are alert to our specific safeguarding duties towards pupils with special educational needs (SEN), disabilities and other health conditions.