We always keep a check on the progress that your child is making in school. If for any reason there are any barriers to learning we strive to put appropriate support in place.
Learning Mentor Intervention:
There are 5 non-teaching Heads of Year who are based in school and who deliver mentoring programmes to pupils in their year group. These programmes are available to support a variety of pupil needs. They are also there to offer encouragement and support. The Heads of Year will keep in regular contact with parents when required. They will monitor your child closely and tailor their support towards your child’s needs.
Possible reasons for mentoring:
- Organisational issues, with regard to homework and equipment
- Emotional or behavioural difficulties
- Social skills difficulties.
Possible interventions undertaken:
- One to one sessions with the pupil
- Motivational groups and support
- Some in class support
- Support with revision strategies
- Social skills groups
- Behaviour intervention groups
- Attendance interventions
At break times there is a ‘Super Sevens’ group run by the Learning Mentors, which is run to support pupils with social skills issues. At this group friendships are made.
Pupils are tested for reading and spelling ability on entry to the school. With this information we are able to put intervention in place for pupils who have difficulties. We also run groups to support improvement with writing skills and maths skills. Pupils with English as an additional language difficulties also receive support if required.
Types of support
- Some SSA support in class
- Differentiated teaching groups
- HLTA (higher level teaching assistant) input
- Spelling groups
- Reading groups
- Supported homework groups – run at lunch time
- Revision groups
The school has three HLTAs, one works with pupils who have literacy difficulties, one works with pupils who have numeracy difficulties and supports with pupils with communication difficulties and one who supports pupils with behavioral difficulties. They work either in class or they withdraw pupils in to the intervention room for individual or small group work. Pupils who have difficulties as a result of having English as an additional language will also be supported as required.
Emotional and Behavioural Interventions
Pupils who have emotional and behavioural difficulties will be given support and intervention from the pastoral team (form teacher and head of year). In addition, other interventions are put in place.
- Learning mentor input
- Social skills groups
- Behaviour support groups
- Emotional support groups
- Group interventions
- The report system
- Inclusion Support Team (IST) outreach support