Every child is unique in terms of their characteristics, interests, abilities, motivation and learning needs. At Wilsthorpe we take into account these wide diversities, and we try to ensure that those with exceptional learning needs and/or disabilities are fully included and have access to high quality and appropriate education. We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve his or her potential in learning. Students with special educational needs (SEN) are fully included in all aspects of school life.
School SENCO - Mrs H Scott - Assistant Headteacher
When students arrive at Wilsthorpe they are initially tested to give us their base or starting level. This assessment also identifies students who may need extra input or support to access the curriculum.
Students with identified learning difficulties receive extra help which can be:-
“In-class” support, allowing students to access the curriculum alongside their peers.
Individual withdrawal, working on a one-to-one basis.
In small groups, for catch-up work in literacy, numeracy skills, social behaviour etc...
Progress is continually monitored and appropriate individual development goals are set.
Students with learning difficulties are tested and some will have help to access their exams. Students may have the opportunity to use the support of a reader and/or scribe or extra time. Those who qualify for special concessions work closely with staff to practise and gain experience to get maximum benefit in their final examinations.
All students at Wilsthorpe Community School will have the availability to support in exams if it is deemed necessary. There are criteria & conditions that must be met according to the JCQ and the schools SENCO will conduct screening, testing and involve external agencies if the school feel support is necessary. As parents you are also able to undertake testing out of the school setting which can be used as evidence to gain support in examinations.
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Here at Wilsthorpe we are proud of the Inclusion department and a main part of this is The Hub. Here students receive small group and individual support for literacy, learning, behaviour and emotional needs. This is staffed at registration, break-time and lunchtime and students are encouraged to be active in seeking help and support at any time during the school day. The support staff also hold Homework clubs to support students with day to day tasks.
The faculty is managed by the SENCO and assisted by the Inclusion Team Lead and Additional Education Needs (AEN) teacher.
We have a team of highly trained and qualified Teaching Assistants who help the students in a variety of learning situations, provide in-class support and act as key-workers.
The Teaching Assistants at Wilsthorpe School offer a wide range of specialist interventions, developed to meet the needs of students within a small group.
Literacy – focuses on phonic development, spellings and reading comprehension in order to support students access the wider curriculum. This may include phonics programmes, Rapid Plus, SRA reading lab and handwriting support.
Dyslexia interventions – Any student identified as having particular difficulties with areas of literacy completes a Dyslexia Screener which highlights those with Dyslexic tendencies. Interventions are designed to give students with Dyslexia or Dyslexic tendencies a highly structured programme to accelerate progress and prevent pupils falling behind their peers. Additionally, we work to address any emotional and behavioural issues that may have arisen from being disengaged from learning. Through interactive activities, we focus on phonic awareness, spelling rules and patterns, developing reading skills and handwriting practice.
Numeracy – Provides targeted support based on areas of difficulty. We have a vast range of learning aids designed to be used alongside teaching in order to help students fully understand challenging concepts.
Social – Designed to focus on students who might find social situations more challenging than others. Listening skills
Fine Motor Skills – Provides 1:1 support for students who might struggle with hand-eye coordination. Activities may include tying shoe laces, tying their tie, holding a pen, using cutlery correctly and sewing.