Special education needs and disability information
Name of academy: North Somerset Enterprise & Technology College (NSETC)
Name of SENCo: Mrs Jane Hicks
Contact details for SENCo: 01934 411 611
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy sets how we will ensure that all students develop the necessary skills and strategies to become independent learners. This is available on our website.
The SENCo and learning support team will work with the previous school, parents/carers and the local authority to ensure there is a seamless transition to NSETC and that where a student has previously been identified with an educational need, the support systems are in place to meet this need.
We will assess students on entry to NSETC in order to identify any SEN or barrier to learning for students who have not previously been recognised as needing additional support. An initial assessment process will involve an in-depth induction and a number of screening assessments at the beginning of each entry point.
The assessment and identification of students with SEN is an on-going and continuing process. Students may be referred to the SENCo and learning support team at any point in their education at the NSETC including self-referral and parent or teacher referral.
It is important that students are matched to appropriate programmes of study or pathways so they can be stretched and challenged to reach their potential.
In the first instance, our highly skilled teaching staff ensure that all work is appropriately differentiated. Students with SEN have group education plans (GEPs) which detail the best ways to meet their needs across a range of subjects. Staff are made aware of these needs and learning forums deal with specific cases such as autism, dyslexia and dyscalculia. Where possible, we invite parents in to talk to staff or the SENCo as we believe that they are the expert on their child.
If additional support is required, targeted interventions are offered and evaluated termly. These could include:
- The provision of different learning materials or special equipment
- The introduction of small group or individual support from specialist staff
- The provision of access to external support services e.g. Weston College specialist support unit, for one-off advice on strategies or equipment or for staff training to make it possible.
Student progress is evaluated four times a year. Data gathered from all teaching and support staff provides a clear picture about progress being made. We use this information to further inform what we do to support students. We report to parents at four points during the year, and one of these is a full report.
We also use student forums and surveys to find out how learners feel about the support they are getting. We have a similar parent survey, as well as tutor and subject parent evenings. SEND staff regularly meet with parents, carers and students throughout the year, in addition to formal opportunities and the team are happy to have regular phone or email contact with parents.
Where strategies that are being used with a student are not resulting in the student learning as effectively as possible the SENCo and learning support team will consider what else might be done. The starting point will always be a review of the strategies being used and the way in which these might be developed. The end result may be that the student needs help over and above that which is normally available within the particular class or subject.
All individual SEN arrangements will be reviewed at least annually with the parents/carer and the individual student by NSETC to consider whether any amendments need to be made to the special educational provision identified for the student.
The welfare officer (Mrs Jo Last) provides additional emotional and social support to students, beyond that available through the tutor/pastoral system. She can work with individuals to resolve issues and to access more specialist support.
A counsellor is available to all students through a self-referral process.
There is a designated safeguarding officer (Mr Darran George). All staff who work at the NSETC are trained in safeguarding policies and procedures.
All students can voice their views through their subject/class representative, and through the student union. The SENCo conducts student voice panels with SEND students twice each year.