Special Educational Needs

Special Educational Needs

The Netherhall School Special Educational Needs

Netherhall is a very inclusive school and values the individuality of all learners. Our Inclusion faculty works with students who require additional support in school and includes:

     •   Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND)
     •   English as an Additional Language (EAL)
     •   Study Support
     •   In lesson support through Teaching Assistants
     •   Examination Access Arrangements
     •   Alternative Provision
     •   Foundation Learning

This is the statutory information that we are required to publish as part of the SEN(D) Code of Practice 2014.

We have developed a range of case studies to highlight work undertaken within the Inclusion faculty. Generic case studies are available to download here, whilst case studies for individuals who have worked with the Inclusion faculty are kept in the faculty.

Sound Training Case Study

Supporting Students with Examination Access Arrangements

Alternative Provision for students with SEND (Archive)

Foundation Learning

The Inclusion Faculty is committed to giving all our learners every opportunity to achieve the highest possible standards. We do this by taking account of pupils' varied life experiences and needs. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum and have high expectations of all our learners. The achievements, attitudes and wellbeing of all our learners matter.

The Netherhall School is an inclusive school. We actively seek to remove the barriers to learning and participation that can hinder or exclude individual pupils or groups of pupils. This means that equality of opportunity must be a reality for all our learners. We make this a reality through the attention we pay to the different individuals and various groups of learners within our school.

The Inclusion faculty benefits from excellent resources and facilities. These include a suite of small classrooms, withdrawal and meeting rooms, a courtyard and The Hub, a multi-use facility with kitchen facilities.

The faculty provides the following:

Classroom Support
We have a number of Teaching Assistants at Netherhall who play a key role in supporting teachers and students with Special Educational Needs within the classroom across all curriculum areas.

Spelling and Reading screening
We screen all students in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9 in reading and spelling. This helps us to identify students who are likely to require additional support from the Inclusion faculty

Study Support Groups
In Years 7, 8 and 9, selected pupils are taken out of lessons to work on both their literacy skills. These groups are identified through our reading and spelling screening and delivered by Higher Level Teaching Assistants who are specialist in their area. They include an opportunity for students to do homework and recap or pre-learn major topics and work on various programmes within the faculty including Sound Training, WordShark, NumberShark, Direct Phonics and PiXL code.
In Years 10 and 11 some students opt for a Study Support as one of their option choices. This allows them additional support with a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. They explore different styles of learning, undertake additional literacy work and have additional time to complete class and homework, including pre-learning of topics. They also undertake a programme on revision and examination skills in Year 11.

Speech and Language Sessions
Students with Speech and Language difficulties (SLCN) can be timetabled to work with our ELKLAN qualified SLCN specialist on a one-to one basis.

One-to-one withdrawals
Students are sometimes given the opportunity for one-on–one sessions with TAs who work with them on a variety of things, sometimes working specifically on a certain difficulty, sometimes on homework or classwork issues.

Bespoke Provision: The Hub
The Hub has been developed as the schools internal bespoke provision and is based in the Inclusion Faculty. The concept of The Hub is to provide an alternative education for students who, for a variety of reasons, are finding it difficult to access mainstream education. The Hub will provide a personalised and structured approach to education, with each individual referred to The Hub requiring different strategies to support them. The Hub provides a safe and secure place for students with Special Educational and Medical needs to learn in a way that suits them best and allows them to feel comfortable that their input is valued. The Inclusion team liaise with staff to support the students learning with an aim to reintegrate students back into mainstream lessons.

Foundation Learning
Some students in Years 10 and 11 follow our Foundation Learning course alongside their other GCSE and examination courses. This includes studying towards a BTEC in Vocational Studies, Home Cooking Skills Course and visits to Cambridge Regional College. The majority of students on these courses progress to CRC at the completion of Year 11.

Before School, Break times and lunchtimes
The Inclusion rooms and Courtyard are open to students at social times. We run a breakfast club for students from 8.00am each morning and Inclusion staff are available for homework help. There are also board games and computers to use and other activities offered.

Examination Access Arrangements
The Inclusion faculty and SENCO oversee examination access arrangements for students who may need additional support or time in examinations. The Inclusion faculty arrange testing and applications to ensure students can access examinations in Year 11 and Sixth Form.

If you need to contact the Inclusion Department
SENCO: Trevor Parker tparker@netherhallschool.org  01223 868332
or Deputy Principal: Daniel Berry dberry@netherhallschool.org 01223 868314

Daniel Berry
Deputy Principal
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