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Learning Support

Intent 

Learning Support is an essential, welcoming and active part of school life at Bredon Hill Academy.  Every teacher is a teacher of special educational needs and is responsible for identifying and supporting pupils to meet their individual needs.

The team of teaching assistants are strong practitioners who go above and beyond to provide vulnerable students with social and emotional support, to nurture and to remove the barriers so that pupils want to achieve.

It is our intention to build relationships and provide our students with as many opportunities to learn, progress and thrive as possible.  We want our students to develop as learners, feel included and to flourish socially as well as academically.

Implementation
 

The highly qualified, experienced and passionate Learning Support team are committed to developing achievement and strive to meet the needs of individual pupils.  Additionally, the Learning Support department offers a range of interventions to address specific literacy, numeracy, language and social and emotional needs.  The current number of SEN interventions, outlining the rationale behind each intervention can be seen at the bottom of this page, entitled “SEN intervention list 2018-2019.”

Achievement for All is a whole school approach to school improvement that supports the teaching and learning for all children in the school, regardless of any need.  All classrooms are resourced and equipped to support a range of needs. Pupils are taught and encouraged how to access resources and learn strategies to promote independence.

A smooth and successful transition into Bredon Hill Academy for our most vulnerable pupils from first schools is focused upon.  Each tutor group in year 6 has a teaching assistant attached to them so that pastoral needs are met.  Likewise, the transition from our school into the next phase of a pupil’s education is able to be met by having a close involvement with their next school.  This is achieved by close liaison, visits and where necessary, an individualised plan of support.

Impact
 

SEN pupils make excellent progress in their time at Bredon Hill Academy.  Pupils progress well between Year 6 and year 8 with a significant percentage of pupils working at Age Related Expectations on exit.  A number of SEN pupils also reach working above Age Related Expectations on exit in Reading, Science and Maths.

SEN Pupils Only

Core Subject

Working At National Expectations on Entry at the start of Year 6 (Working Above National Expectations shown in brackets)

Working At National Expectations on Exit at the end of Year 8 (Working Above National Expectations shown in brackets)

Increase from Year 6 to year 8

English Reading

 

25% (13%)

88% (25%)

63% (12%)

English Writing

 

25% (13%)

75% (13%)

50% (0%)

Mathematics

 

29% (1%)

80% (20%)

51% (19%)

Science

 

59% (12%)

70% (44%)

11% (32%)

Data taken from GL assessments

SEN pupils are fully included into life at Bredon Hill Academy through aspects such as trips, extra-curricular clubs, the prefect system, Young Leaders and much more. 

Our SEN register is a flexible list that is reviewed regularly in line with the SEN Code of Practice.  Pupils can be removed from the SEN register if they make progress in line with their peers. We find that as some pupils with SEN settle into life at Bredon Hill Academy, they no longer need support from the intervention groups that we offer as they have developed their own skills to access the curriculum or develop their own friendship groups.

As pupils progress through our school, we find that their organisation and presentation improve.  We see the confidence in our SEN pupils improve through increased social interactions and they become independent learners. Our SEN pupils feel safe at BHA, take pride in their learning and enjoy coming to this school.

 

Mr Sam Timpson 

SENCO

Bredon Hill Academy