Special Educational Needs
All students have specific educational needs and our concern is to make sure that these needs do not become a barrier to learning and to making progress. We take great care to understand the individual strengths and areas of weakness of our prospective Year 7 students, consulting with our primary colleagues on their recommended strategies and methods of support. We then supplement this information with our own assessment programme, because the demands of secondary education are very different; part of our role being to enable children to become more independent in their learning. In this way we can build a clear picture of each student’s abilities and decide what extra help is needed.
Information is shared with subject teachers so that they can develop programmes appropriate to the needs of individuals in their classes. Advice is given as to the best methods of support and this is continually updated, often as new research becomes available. Regular training linked to individual students is given on the four need types, all of which require different strategies in the classroom. In-class support is given where necessary and is monitored under the school-wide Pupil Progress Tracking and Provision Mapping system. This includes opportunities for children to give their views about the support they receive and how effectively it enables them to make progress in class. Parents and carers are always welcome to contact us to discuss provision and we value the insight that this liaison provides.
Our emphasis on developing literacy has benefited all students, particularly those with reading difficulties. We have an effective programme to address this, including 1:1 work to develop the basics followed by opportunities to practise skills with the support of sixth form students. Equally, numeracy skills are developed across the school via a coherent programme, supplemented by specific small group work where necessary. Our Summer School in the holiday is extremely well-attended and very popular. This too provides an opportunity to boost literacy and numeracy skills, promoting the importance of both and avoiding the ‘dip’ that can occur during the summer before term starts again in September.
Goodwin Academy has medical and physio-rooms and its single-story site mean that mobility is straightforward. With support, students with physical disability needs are able to follow a full educational programme, including Physical Education. Visits from health care professionals and medicals can all be carried out in private and in comfort.
Copies of the Additional Educational Needs policy are available. The school works within the parameters of the SEN Code of Practice. The SENCo has gained the National Award for SEN Co-ordination approved and recommended by successive governments.