We have a large, friendly and supportive team, staffed by the Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO), specialist SEN teachers and Teaching Assistants.
The Unit is involved with students in many ways:
- providing in class support
- adapting materials to support students in different areas of the curriculum
- carrying out administrative tasks
- promoting positive behaviour and assisting students with their learning
- accompanying students, with teachers, on school visits
- working with students on computers in the LSU and ICT suites
- accompanying some students when moving around the large busy college site
- supporting some students in lunchtime clubs
- Providing homework club at 1st break in the Support Unit
- listening to students
- teaching students specific learning and communication programmes
- writing, monitoring and supporting Individual Education Plans (IEP) in line with the code of practice
- we have a suite of computers with specific software programmes to address Wave Three Support, e.g. Accceleread/Accelewrite, Rapid plus.
- liaison with parents and involving them with some of the learning difficulties a student may have
- liaison with a range of external support agencies eg. Speech therapist, SEN teacher advisers for disabilities and schools outreach teachers, etc.
Useful Web links (SEN)
Attention Deficit Disorder /
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ASD Autistic Spectrum Disorder (including Asperger Syndrome and Social Communication Difficulties
Auditory Processing Disorder
For people who do not process what is being said to them.
They may be able to repeat back what is said to them, but the meaning of the message is lost, not processed
Dyslexia and Discalculia
British Dyslexia Association
Speech and Language Impairments
The British Pediatric Surveillance Unit site detailing its work into rare disorders in children.
A) Information sheets on a wide range of learning difficulties eg. dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, obsessive compulsive disorder, Asperger Syndrome
B) Contact a family: information, support and advice on a very wide range of disabilities