Special Educational Needs

Pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are well catered for. Pupils who need extra help with their reading get specialist support. This is effective. Leaders monitor who attends clubs to ensure that all pupils, especially pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with SEND, benefit from them. (Ofsted, February 2020)

The Learning Support Department provides a wide range of support for students who experience difficulties in accessing the curriculum. The nature of this support, which could be long or short term, depends on the needs of the individual. The support may take the form of individual, group or class-based intervention. The length of time will be determined by the intervention required and the progress the student makes. Interventions are reviewed regularly and recommended teaching strategies for these students are available to all teachers.

For students who need additional support and guidance during transition into John Colet, a short term intensive programme is provided that equips students with the skills needed, and remove the barriers to learning. Literacy programmes take place during the school day and the department also operates a Homework Club after school for all students. Learning Support Assistants provide classroom support for a range of subjects.

The department works closely with feeder schools, endeavouring to provide a smooth transition from primary to the secondary system for students with special educational needs. The SEND Manager visits feeder schools with our transition team to gather information on students. Students with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) are also welcome to look around the school after the secondary places are published.

Parents are encouraged to contact the SEND Manager or the SEND Coordinator by email initially if they have any concerns.

Guide to handwriting

Local Offer and Annual Report

The SEND Policy and Accessibility Plan are available on the Policy Documents page of the website

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