Greensteds International School
Dec 17, 2017
Special Education Needs & Learning Support

Definition 

Special Education Needs (SEN) are learning difficulties or disabilities that can make it more difficult for a child to learn or access education like other children of a similar age. Examples of SEN include: Specific learning difficulties, behavioral, social or emotional difficulties, sensory and/or physical disabilities, communication needs, intellectual disabilities and medical or health conditions.


Why SEN services?


Greensteds is non-selective at entry because we believe that education empowers everyone, regardless of ability or past educational experience. Children with SEN require extra or different help from that given to other children of the same age to access the curriculum. This help is known as Learning Support provision and it enables these children to overcome barriers to learning quickly and easily whilst achieving their potential.


How do we determine that a student needs to be supported?


All pupils joining Greensteds will be screened for special education needs by the SEN Coordinator to test their ability to access the Greensteds Curriculum. Standardized tests are administered to be able to identify difficulties in language, spelling, phonics, comprehension, numeracy, visual and auditory memory and reasoning abilities.

 

New SEN Curriculum


Some of our SEN students follow a different curriculum which has a combination of IGCSE and other qualifications. There is significant support and monitoring from the Special Educational Needs Department throughout the 2-year course as it will still be demanding but at the right level.

 

The primary responsibilities of the Learning Support Department are to:

 

  • Assess new pupils using a standardized assessment program. We use the Lucid Assessment Tests (LASS and LADS) and WRAT which test various learning areas. In cases where a second opinion is required, we refer the pupils to learning psychologists. The results of these assessments enable us to identify pupils who may have a learning difficulty or disability.
  • Plan and implement a program that will help the pupil overcome his or her learning difficulty using an individually designed learning program (IEP).
  • Oversee in-class support within the lesson, assisting the subject teacher who is working with the identified pupil(s). Alternatively the pupil may need to be pulled out of class for one or more lessons a week to work with the Learning Support staff (out-of-class support).
  • Work with the class teachers in tracking the identified pupil’s progress.
  • Support pupils who have English as their second language by offering additional English lessons (EAL).
  • Access arrangements for candidates in all year groups.
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