Faculty of Support and Guidance

 Special Educational Needs

“A community of staff and students working together to remove barriers to achievement and further excellence through support, encouragement and the creation of an inclusive learning environment”

The Faculty of Support and Guidance aims to provide direct support to students over and
above that which is provided on a day-to-day basis in the classroom by the teacher. The need for additional learning support may arise from a learning difficulty and/or disability, from academic under-achievement, or from literacy, numeracy or language support requirements. The faculty will make provision for all students requiring additional support. These students may be those with assessed and diagnosed SEN or academic under-achievers.

The faculty will continue to make specialist provision for students with Education, Health and Care Plans for ASD. An allocation of up to three places per year group is funded by the local authority enabling the school to continue its specialist provision for ASD students. The ASD department is fully integrated into the Faculty of Support and Guidance and operates within a single management structure.

Aims and Objectives

• To enable all pupils to have full access to the curriculum with modifications to meet individual needs to ensure that all pupils reach their full potential.

• To ensure both teaching and support staff are fully aware of the different types of educational needs faced by pupils, in order to make suitable provision in their curricular areas.

• To remove barriers to learning through an individualised understanding of each pupil and the creation of provision and teaching strategies where appropriate.

• To offer early intervention to those with an additional educational need and the implementation of necessary support whenever possible.

• To work in close partnership with parents and carers keeping them informed of their child’s progress to ensure a unified approach to supporting their needs.

SEN Register

All students identified as having SEN are placed on the school’s SEN Register. The register is updated regularly and a copy is given to each member of the teaching staff to ensure that appropriate provision is made in planning and teaching lessons.

Roles and Responsibilities

All teachers at Simon Langton Grammar School For Boys are teachers of students with special educational needs and therefore all have a responsibility and duty of care.

Assistant Head (ASD Provision),SEN Coordinator: Mrs G.Reed
Assistant Head (Mental Health & Wellbeing): Deputy SENCo, ASD Specialist Resourced Provision Coordinator & Pupil Premium Coordinator.
Specialist assessor and exam arrangement coordinator: Mrs J Barnes
Specialist Literacy Coordinator: Miss N Kit
Four 6th Form Learning Mentors / Support.
A team of eleven Learning Support Assistants.
A team of three Gap Year Mentors.

The SEN Coordinator is responsible for:

• Overseeing the day to day operation of the Faculty
• Liaising with and advising colleagues
• Managing the SEN team of teachers and support assistants
• Maintaining the SEN register and overseeing SEN records
• Contributing to the in-service training of staff

Identification and Referrals

Identification may be through:

• SEN transfer information from previous school
• Initial screening tests. A wide gap between chronological age and reading score or noticeable discrepancies between verbal and non-verbal cognitive ability may be an indication of SEN
• Evidence of inadequate progress despite a suitably differentiated curriculum or appropriate teaching methods
• Observed specific literacy or numeracy difficulties which affect access to the curriculum
• Persistent emotional / behaviour/social difficulties which do not respond to the usual pastoral/behaviour management strategies employed in school.

Examples of provision available through the Faculty

• Individual multi-sensory programme to support literacy
• Small group literacy sessions
• Guided reading
• Spelling club
• Home/school reading programme
• Touch Typing Programmes
• Access to specific adapted materials and equipment
• Access to IT such as a laptop
• In-class support with LSA
• Peer mentoring
• Break and lunch clubs in M3
• Programme of learning support
• Subject Support Mentors

Resourced Facility for Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

The educational programme for academically able students on the Autistic Spectrum came into operation in Sept 2005 to enhance the provision for boys on the Autistic Spectrum within the school so that they might have access to their entitlement both to be educated within a grammar school setting and to the national curriculum.

The school will admit three boys into year 7 each year who have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) indicating that they are on the Autism Spectrum. However, it is acknowledged that there may be boys who would benefit from the programme, but who do not have EHCPs In such cases the decision to admit a boy to the programme will be made by the LEA and the school working together to consider the best interests of the boy and the availability of places on the programme.

One area of the school has been refurbished to provide a suite of rooms which is used daily by staff and students on the programme when withdrawal from timetabled curriculum lessons is deemed necessary or beneficial.

The school SEN Coordinator in collaboration with the ASD coordinator is responsible for liaison with the LEA when discussing possible applicants for the programme and is responsible for co-ordinating all contacts with parents and outside agencies. The SEN Coordinator will also arrange for appropriate assessments of the needs of each boy on the programme and will consider the most appropriate educational support. This support may involve in-class support through a Learning Support Assistant, and possibly partial withdrawal from the national curriculum. The SEN Coordinator is also responsible for arranging additional support for the boys on the programme, for example social and communication skills counselling, possible emotional counselling and speech therapy. The SEN Coordinator will also be responsible for providing support and professional development to the teaching and support staff.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Team

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. 

World Health Organisation (2014)

At Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys we recognise the need to support our students in many ways, to enable them to reach their potential. We have therefore increasingly invested in a support team for those students experiencing difficulties while studying with us. This support goes beyond the pastoral support offered by the tutoring system, with an additional level of personalised help to ease through any problems within their time with us.

Along with the more individualise support, the school is also embedding ‘Wellbeing’ into the PSHE curriculum within the lower schools. This Curriculum aims to enable the boys to understand and discus things that effect every bodies wellbeing and give them practical solution to help themselves and others. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Mr M Tithecott – Assistant Head (Mental Health & Wellbeing): Deputy SENCo, ASD Specialist Resourced Provision Coordinator & Pupil Premium Coordinator.

Mr R Wickes – Lower School Wellbeing Mentor

Mrs S Pryor – Upper School Mentor & Mindfulness Teacher

Mrs E Lawal – School Counsellor