Supporting our SEND students
All students at Bourne End Academy, including those with special needs, are entitled to receive a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, underpinned by the National Curriculum. Achieving effective progress for students is challenging and requires the involvement of all teaching and non-teaching staff to ensure success.
Close liaison is made with primary schools regarding the new Year 7 students. The Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) speaks to both primary senior and class teachers. Any meetings arranged for primary students are also attended. This gives a full picture of the child’s difficulties which can then be relayed to staff at Bourne end Academy.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are tested for their reading and spelling levels every year with very low reading and spelling levels being given additional support during morning registration to help raise these levels. Students with difficulties in class will be given support from a Learning Support Assistant (LSAs).
Year 7 students that are already placed on the Special Educational Needs (SEN) register at primary level will remain on it at Bourne End Academy and be monitored. All students with an SEN have a SEN support plan. This outlines the precise intervention and provision we have put in place to support their additional needs.
At Bourne End Academy we have students with conditions including autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing difficulties and ADHD. Staff are given strategies on how to support students to help them succeed to the best of their ability. Our LSAs receive training from specialist staff or attend training courses.
Due to our popularity and care of students, we have 32 students with Education Health Care Plans, 12 of which are attached to our ASD ARP (Additionally Resourced Provision). The ARP department is for students who have social, communication and interaction difficulties such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder. These students are integrated into at least 60% of lessons but are withdrawn for additional literacy/numeracy programmes, speech and language, social skills and life skills. Our aim is to increase integration yearly for successful inclusion. They also have their own base for lunch and breaks if this is required.
A self-contained unit comprising of:
• One large teaching space
• One small intervention room
• Social area/teaching area
Bourne End Academy has a wide range of special educational needs which the school supports.
This includes students with specific diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, specific learning difficulties with literacy, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, Downs Syndrome, dyspraxia, hearing impairments as well as those with undiagnosed but apparent difficulties such as social, mental and emotional health, speech and language difficulties, specific learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties and those students with sensory and physical difficulties.
For more information, please see below:
What provision is available in Learning Support and ARP?
• LSA Support
• Social skills lessons
• Life skills lessons
• Literacy group
• Numeracy group
• Reading for meaning sessions
• SRA Corrective reading programme
• Sensory room
• Changing facility
• Pre-teaching Science/Maths topics and vocabulary
• Self-esteem lessons/pastoral support
• Anger management
• Toe by Toe reading programme
• ‘SPELL ATTACK’ programme
• Study skills KS4
• Homework clubs KS3 & KS4