Students with Additional Learning Needs (ALN) are supported in a variety of ways in Pentrehafod School. The Inclusion Team ensures that the correct provision is put in place in order for students to integrate fully and achieve their potential, not only academically, but socially and emotionally too. We are proud that 100% of our students on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register left Pentrehafod School, in August 2017, with at least the level 1 qualification; many pupils exceeded this level.
We adhere to the SEN Code of Practice and accommodate the varied needs of all students on the SEN register at the different stages: Statement of SEN, School Action Plus and School Action.
We work closely with colleagues in our feeder primary schools to ensure that there is continuity of support when transitioning into Year 7. In addition to this, we regularly seek parental / carer views to create and review Individual Education Plans (IEPs). We value close working relationships with parents and carers. We liaise with post-16 providers to share information on how best to support students during this period of transition.
All staff are informed of the specific strengths and needs of individual students, via IEPs, so that they may implement strategies to support students in the mainstream, mixed ability classroom. The Inclusion Department provides training for colleagues with regards to students with Additional Learning Needs.
Pupils are placed into academic classes according to their needs. For those with the highest level of need, we ensure that class sizes are small. Students in these smaller supported classes also benefit from our Humanities Plus provision. Lessons are designed to develop students literacy, numeracy, digital competency and social skills with an emphasis on nurture and wellbeing. Resources are differentiated and teaching styles reflect the needs of the learners. We have many teaching assistants who support pupils throughout the school; they are valued members of our school community.
Members of the Inclusion Team liaise closely with professionals from many outside agencies such as; Educational Psychologists, Behavior Support Team; Teachers for Sensory Impairments, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Speech and Language Therapists, Careers Wales, Social Services and EVOLVE. Through multi-agency working, we endeavor to access the best support available for all of our pupils.
Students with a Statement of SEN for Speech and Language attend the Specialist Teaching Facility. Collaboration between the STF and mainstream allows for bespoke timetables to be created for pupils.
For those pupils who find it difficult to learn in the mainstream setting, for a variety of reasons, Pentrehafod School has an off-site provision for some KS4 students; this is known as PACE (Pentrehafod Alternative Curriculum and Education). We have a similar, on site provision, PLANT (Pentrehafod Learning and Nurture Team) for students in KS3.
Some students on the SEN register require additional support in their examinations in line with JCQ guidance. The Inclusion Team ensures that access arrangements are in place for those learners who quality for them.
The Wellbeing of the students is of paramount importance. If necessary, students are also supported in our Sensory Room and via the Exchange Counselling Service. Both the Inclusion Team and Pupil Attendance and Wellbeing Team (PAWB) work closely together to support the wellbeing of our students.
OUR INCLUSION TEAM
- Rachel Rees – Assistant Head for Inclusion;
- Ria Williams – Inclusion Manager / ALNCO;
- Katie Miller – Teacher in Charge of the STF;
- Fay Daniels – Teacher in Charge of PACE Provision;
- Claire Ellery – Sensory Room / Derbyshire Positive Play Coordinator and PLANT Leader;
- Lisa Thomas & Yvonne Blatchford – Admin support ( mainstream);
- Mel Hopkins – Admin support (STF);
- Catherine Barry – Humanities Plus Teacher.
In addition to this team we have a number of teaching assistants working in various capacities throughout the school.
If you have any queries about provision for pupils with Additional Learning Needs, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.