Pupil support and inclusion — St Michael's Catholic College

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Faculty of Pupil Support and inclusion

Introduction

We are a dedicated team ensuring that the right help is offered to pupils at the right time. We believe that every pupil is entitled to the best possible education and that every child truly matters.

We aim to:

Identify pupils who require support for education, behavioural or emotional reasons.

Decide the type of support that is appropriate for each individual.

Fulfil the requirements of pupils who have a statement of Special Educational Needs.

Provide a supportive environment so that each pupil feels they are valued, thus enhancing their self-worth as a pupil of St Michael’s.

Support and enable each pupil to become a confident and independent learner, in order that they can make the most of the opportunities that St Michael’s has to offer.

 

What we provide:

Additional Support

The SENCO liaises with subject teachers and Heads of Faculty to ensure that provision is made for those pupils with an additional educational need and co-ordinates the work of outside agencies to meet the needs of pupils with a need and those who have Statements of Special Educational Need. Pupils have a wide variety of physical and emotional needs.

Reading Club

To speed the progress of pupils who have reading difficulties the SEN–Team supervises reading sessions regularly throughout the week for pupils at Key Stage 3.

Homework and computer club

Homework (3.30-4.30pm) and the computer club (8.00-8.30pm) are supervised by a Teacher Assistant Mrs Hurley from Monday to Thursday.

Special Arrangements for Examinations

Provision for examinations may include extra time, a reader or a scribe or a laptop computer.

Parent Drop In

We understand that the needs of your child are very individual! We appreciate that you, the parent or carer, will have a valuable understanding of your child’s needs. For this reason, we welcome your involvement in your child’s education and will listen carefully to what you have to say. The Faculty provides a weekly Parent Drop In held every Thursday at 10 a.m.

Learning Support Unit

The L.S.U has been established to promote the inclusion of young people who are experiencing social, emotional and /or behavioural difficulties which cause disruption to the teaching and learning process for themselves and others in their classes.

This provision is very much viewed as a preventative and not punitive measure.

Counselling

Pupils can arrange sessions with our part-time counsellor to support their emotional well-being.

The school nurse:

Draws up health care plans for pupils with complex’/chronic medical conditions

Provides First Aid

Keeps up to date clinical records

Liaises with external agencies on matters of health

Delivers Health Education programmes

Targeted Additional Provision: ‘TAP’

Provides targeted additional support for pupils with barriers to learning using  a solution focused and personalised approach

Manages the library as an Open Learning Centre for all pupils who need specialist support

Works with the Learning Mentor and outside agencies to promote the personal safety of students

Interagency working

We are committed to inter-agency working. Our approach advocates the Child Around the Team model placing the child at the centre of our interventions and work.

Inclusion and SEND Team:
Assistant Principal Inclusion Ms J. Nottage
Head of Faculty and Designated Child Protection Officer Mrs D. Freegard
Assistant Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Ms S. Karbownik
Targeted Additional Provision Co-ordinator Mrs J. Chilton-Higgins
Teaching Assistants Mrs A. Hurley
Mr J. Ferguson
School and Paediatric Nurse     Ms L. Chabaud
Attendance Officer Mrs D. Carr
Counsellor   Mrs K. Ballard

 

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