Special Educational Needs and Disability
At Kingstone High School we believe that every student has an entitlement to realise their full potential. Educational experiences are provided which develop students’ achievements and recognise their individuality. We recognise a student’s right to a broad, balanced, relevant and challenging curriculum, which is appropriate to individual abilities, talents and personal qualities.
The HUB (student intervention centre) opened in January 2011 providing a dedicated area in which to enhance the support for students across the school. The HUB benefits from an entrance area, ICT suite, kitchen, networked printer, two small meeting rooms for one to one or small group work as well as two large flexible classroom-style spaces. The Hope (peer supporters), school nurse, Pastoral team and careers advisor are all based in the HUB. There are student and staff toilets within the centre.
Students receiving interventions in the HUB will be referred by Heads of Faculty, the pastoral team or by the SENCo based on their data/the annual literacy screening tests (reading and spelling)/conversations with parents or external agencies. An initial meeting will be held to decide on the best route of intervention programme and baseline assessments for reading and spelling will be completed, where relevant.
We believe that every student has an entitlement to realise their full potential.
Additional Educational Needs Faculty
The Additional Educational Needs Faculty consists of 6 HLTAs (Higher Level teaching Assistants), Pastoral Support Workers supplemented by additional Local Authority services and specialist agencies to meet specific needs.
Some of these additional services are:
- Learning Support
- Educational Service for the Sensory Impaired
- Education Psychology
- School Nurse
- Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech & Language Therapy
The SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) has responsibility for:
- Applying the school’s SEN policy. (See Below)
- Coordinating provision for children with AEN (Additional Educational Need) and developing the school’s SEN policy.
Ensuring that parents are:
- Involved in supporting their child’s learning and access
- Kept informed about the range and level of support offered to their child
- Included in reviewing how their child is doing
- Consulted about planning successful movement (transition) to a further education setting
- Liaising with a range of agencies outside of school who can offer advice and support to help students overcome any difficulties
- Providing specialist advice and facilitating training to ensure that all staff are skilled and confident about meeting a range of needs.
All staff are involved in the identification of students with additional needs in their mainstream classroom. Information already available is circulated to all staff by the Additional Educational Needs Faculty at the beginning of each academic year. Details of differing needs, the Stage of Assessment under the Code of Practice and any additional provision from other agencies is provided. Teaching staff familiarise themselves with the needs of any students in their teaching group and respond appropriately with the support of the Faculty.
3 Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) are attached to English, Maths and Science, providing specific group and 1-1 support. Staff liaise closely with them to ensure maximum effectiveness. They have a huge range of skills to offer in supporting students directly and indirectly, assisting staff and helping parents/carers.
Students with Statements (EHCP Education, Health and Care Plans from September 2014) will have targets and strategies set by the SENCo which all teaching staff have the opportunity to feed into. Annual reviews involving the student, parents/carers, subject staff and other professionals evaluate those targets and strategies.
The faculty prides itself on its accessibility and liaison with everyone involved in each student’s learning. Parents and carers are encouraged to speak directly with faculty staff should they have any concerns or require any additional information.The SEN policy is updated annually to reflect the policies and practices required by the Code of Practice for Special Educational Needs and other legislation. The Policy lays the foundation from which Kingstone High Schools inclusive ethos is derived.
Kingstone Academy Trust’s offer in support of pupils with Special Educational Needs and or Disability (SEND) is included within our policies below. Please also see our Examinations Policy in the Exam & BTEC Guidance section ( under Information ) for more details of the reasonable adjustments made for students with SEN&D taking examinations.