Teaching and Learning
What additional support can be provided in the classroom?
Within the SEND department there are currently 13 Learning Support Assistants who support in allocated classrooms. In addition to this, the core subjects have additional staff attached to their departments; 2 Higher Level Teaching Assistants in English and one Teaching Assistant in Maths.
What provision do you offer to facilitate access to the curriculum and to develop independent learning? (This may include support from external agencies and equipment/facilities)
GCSE and KS3 exams are fully supported by revision lessons and revision weeks for formal exams. In Year 11, extra sessions are added to the students’ timetables, particularly after school and during lunch time sessions. Some subject staff provide Year 11 with podcasts that are created to support learning at home.
Access arrangements are provided for identified students for all formal examinations within school.
At KS3, the school embeds the Accelerated Reading programme to support students’ reading and comprehension skills.
The SEND department offers a homework club straight after school until 4.10pm, Monday – Thursdays. Parents of regular attenders to the SEND homework club will be notified if there are any changes to this arrangement.
Staff specialisms/expertise around SEN or Disability?
The school SENCO has the required National SENCO Award. All of the Teaching Assistants within the SEND department have a level 3 NVQ qualification, or equivalent, in Teaching and Learning. Within the SEND department there are many specialisms. We have qualified staff that can deliver programmes to identified students in: Motor Skills, Art Therapy, Dyslexia in the Open, and Speech and Language. We also have a member of staff that has her PG Certificate in Autism Spectrum Condition.
What on-going support and development is in place for staff regards supporting children and young people with SEN?
The SENCO provides regular training sessions on SEND related topics to staff. The Director of Behaviour offers regular behaviour management training to staff. Selected staff carry out Excellence Visits to Outstanding schools to evaluate provisions and strategies. All staff have access to CPD opportunities.
What arrangements are made for reasonable adjustments in the curriculum and support to the pupil during exams?
Students with a history of using ICT as their ‘preferred’ way of learning may apply for ICT in their exams via the SENCO. The Sensory Support Service advise school with any strategies to support students that have a known sensory difficultly. The Learning Support Teachers assess students annually regarding access arrangements for any identified students. The access arrangements are distributed to all staff termly by the SENCO and Learning Support staff. Staff are to notify the SENCO about any upcoming tests so that these arrangements can be put in to place.
How do you share educational progress and outcomes with parents?
Every year the SENCO will have three learning conversations with parents of statemented students, and those with an Educational Health Care Plan, regarding their progress at school. Interim reviews can be arranged where needed if there are any concerns. We hold annual parents’ evenings at school for parents to meet with subject teachers and a member of SEND staff. Termly school reports are sent out to parents regarding progress. IEPs are distributed to parents from the Learning Support Teachers to students who have one to one support from the Learning Support Service.
What external teaching and learning do you offer?
We currently have three Learning Support Teachers within school, who deliver intensive learning sessions to students that fall into the criteria for this support.
What arrangements are in place to ensure that support is maintained in “offsite provision”?
Students attending ‘off site provision’ are supported by our Applied Learning Co-ordinator. Their role is to provide support to students, parents and employers, through weekly communication and fortnightly monitoring visits. Records of all visits are written up and filed in the students' individual folders.
What work experience opportunities do you offer?
The SEND department support students in finding work experience placements where needed. All students are encouraged to engage with one week of work experience at the end of Year 10. Support is offered to students to assist them in finding a suitable placement. All placements are visited or communicated with before work experience commences to conduct the relevant Health and Safety checks and Risk Assessments.
What arrangements are in place for the review meetings for children with statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans?
Each year the SENCO will have three learning conversations with parents of statemented students, and those with an Educational Health Care Plan, regarding their progress at school. Interim reviews can be arranged where needed if there are any concerns. We send minutes of the meetings to the Local Authority and other relevant agencies to inform them of students’ progress and targets set as a result of the meetings.
What arrangements are in place for children with other SEN support needs?
Reviews are held for students that are on at SEN Support. For students that have teaching by the Learning Support Service reports are written by the Learning Support Teacher.
Keeping children safe
What handover arrangements will be made at the start and the end of the school day? (Do you have parking areas for pick up and drop offs)?
We can make discreet arrangements for a handover process for identified students. This will be discussed with the SENCO and SEND department in advance.
What support is offered during break and lunchtimes?
Room 55 (Student Support Department) is a supervised base for students to access during social, unstructured times at school. There is also a pre-school and after school homework club offered every Monday to Thursday. The school library is open during social times, other than Friday break-times. Caroline Cherrington, Head of Year 7, holds a Year 7 Breakfast club before school during the Autumn term. There is a Friday Sports’ Club offered during lunch time.
How do you ensure that my son/daughter stays safe outside the classroom? (E.g. during PE lessons and school trips)
Risk Assessments are carried out prior to all school trips. When statemented and Educational Health Care Plan students are on school trips, we ensure that staff are aware of their needs and allocate Learning Support Assistants where needed.
Learning Support Assistants are deployed at change of lessons for named students.
All PE equipment and teaching areas are Risk Assessed and checked for maintenance at various points throughout the year.
What are the school arrangements for undertaking risk assessments?
Risk assessments are carried out by the School Business Manager in conjunction with all interested/involved parties as and when required. All teaching spaces are Risk Assessed by the SBM and Site Manager periodically. Specialist Health and Safety advisors conduct Risk Assessments in specific areas e.g. Fire, H&S.
Where can parents find details of policies on bullying?
Parents can find information on our bullying policies on the school’s website. There is also information in the student handbook, student planners and in the Parents/Carers’ handbook.
Health (including Emotional Health and Wellbeing)
What is the school’s policy on administering medication?
Prescription medication is administered at the main office when the required paperwork is completed by the parent/carer. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen are not handed out to students unless in extreme circumstances and ve3rbal consent must be sought from the parent. In ALL instances the parent will be contacted and asked about this before any medication is administered. All administered medication is recorded in a First Aid log book.
What would the school do in the case of a medical emergency?
In a medical emergency first aiders would attend to the student immediately and an ambulance would be called. An Ambulance Protocol Sheet is next to every member of staff at the beginning of the year and one is positioned by every telephone in the school, along with instructions of what to do in the case of an asthma attack.
How do you ensure that staff are trained/qualified to deal with a child’s particular needs?
We have a number of support staff in school with a wide variety of training across many different areas. We have a regular cycle of re-training for the first aid team, along with specific training for specific needs that is delivered by the onsite school nurse.
Which health or therapy services can children access on school premises?
We have a school nurse attached to the school several days a week that provides drop-in clinics. We also have a Teenage Health Cinic based in school. Referrals by staff can be made to Beacon Counselling and Mosaic where applicable and the appropriate criteria are met.
Communication with Parents
How do you ensure that parents know “who’s who” and who they can contact if they have concerns about their child/young person?
The school holds an Induction Evening for Year 7 students with the form tutor and SLT in the Autumn Term.
Do parents have to make an appointment to meet with staff or do you have an open door policy?
We do have an open door policy, however appointments are preferable, as the member of staff that you wish to see may not be available.
How do you keep parents updated with their child/young person’s progress?
We issue out termly school reports which show pupil progress in all subject areas. We hold parents’ evenings at least annually to ensure that parents can meet subject teachers and discuss progress. Parents may be invited to an Intervention Evenings where students may be underachieving to discuss ways forward. Staff may make telephone calls to inform parents of progress and issues. Students with SEND will have a termly learning conversation. For students that have one to one teaching by the Learning Support Service, reports are written by the Learning Support Teacher.
Do you offer Open Days?
There is a set annual Open Evening in July for Year 5 students. Parents can also arrange an appointment to visit the school where needed.
How can parents give feedback to school?
Parents can offer feedback to school via telephone, email and the student school planner. Parents can also write comments on IEPs if the student has Learning Support sessions within school and via the parental questionnaire sent out at SEND reviews.
Do you have home/school contracts?
Yes, these are in the Year 7 Induction Pack and are handed out by form tutors to all other year groups for both students and parents to sign annually.
What opportunities do you offer for pupils to have their say? (E.g. School Council)
There is a School Council at Werneth. All students can apply to be a member of the School Council. Form discussions are carried out regularly through Senior Students to feedback issues /queries to the School Council. SLT, subject teachers and form tutors can carry out pupil voice conversations where needed.
What opportunities are there for parents to have their say about their son/daughter’s education?
Parents can discuss their child’s education via their child’s Parents’ Evening and Review Meetings. Parents can also contact the school via telephone, email and the student school planner.
What opportunities are there for parents to get involved in the school or become school governors?
We have a parent governor within school. If a place becomes available, letters will be sent home for any parents wishing to apply.
What help and support is available for the family
Do you offer help with completing forms and paperwork?
Yes. If parents can inform us when they need support and assistance with paperwork, we will allocate a relevant member of staff to support.
What information, advice and guidance can parents and young people access through the school?
Many of the school’s policies are available to download on the school’s website. Information such as social evenings and the school calendar are also available on the school’s website. When students are in KS4, they have access to meetings and drop-ins with Services for Young People to discuss careers and post-16 options.
Who normally provides this help and how would they access this?
There are a number of staff who can provide support in school. For example, Form Tutors, Family Managers, Learning Managers, SENCO, SLT, Student Support. All of these members of staff can be contacted through telephone and email.
How does the school help parents with travel plans to get their son/daughter to and from school?
Travel trainers can get involved in identified student’s needs where applicable. Please contact the school’s SENCO for more information.
Transition from Primary School and School Leavers
What support does the school offer for Year 6 pupils coming to the school? (E.g. Visits to the school, buddying)
Transition visits are arranged primarily by the Head of Year 7, Caroline Cherrington. She also visits the Werneth school’s primary feeders to deliver sessions about moving up to Werneth School and preparing students for this transitional process. The SENCO will arrange extra transition visits with the SEND students, where applicable.
What support is offered to the young people leaving the school? (E.g. Careers guidance, visits to colleges, apprenticeships, supported employment, etc.)
We have a regular member of staff from Services for Young People that comes into school to offer individual, group and drop-in sessions to guide and support students in making post-16 choices. In KS4, there is a section of the curriculum that addresses careers and post 16 options. All students in Year 11 receive an individual IAG appointment where they are provided with impartial careers’ advice and guidance. Post-16 Options’ Information Evening is also held at the end of the Summer Term for Year 10 students. This provides an excellent opportunity for students and their parents to gather information and speak to colleges and apprenticeship providers.
What advice/support do you offer young people and their parents about preparing for adulthood?
The SEND department can offer transition visits to post-16 provisions for KS4 students and works closely with the local college providers to put in the necessary arrangements.
Extra Curricular Activities
Do you offer school holiday and/or before and after school provision? If yes please give details.
Room 55 (student support) offer pre-school and after-school provisions for students every day before school, and Monday to Thursday after school. This is primarily run as a homework club and is supervised at all times.
We run a Year 6 two week Summer School for identified students to support their literacy and numeracy skills.
Some subjects provide weekly extra lessons for Year 11 students, as well as weekend revision classes before exams.
What lunchtime or after school activities do you offer? Do parents have to pay for these and if so, how much?
There are a wide range of activities available to students at lunch times and after school. These include Creative writing, Film Club, and Lego Club. The PE Department offer seasonal extra-curricular activities and this information is given out during form time.
There is also a Friday Sports’ Club during lunch-time which is very student friendly and is supervised by PE staff and Junior Sports’ Leaders.
Students do not need to pay for any clubs that are run by Werneth staff after school. If there are any opportunities of outside agencies providing an extra-curricular activity, parents will be notified if there is an additional cost prior to the activity running.
How do you make sure clubs, activities and residential trips are inclusive?
Clubs are all inclusive - before or after-school these vary between – the school band, singers, choirs (mostly at lunch-time). Dance and Drama activities vary throughout the year and run at both lunch-times and after-school. All are free of charge and open to all. Performing Arts run whole year group theatre experiences; whilst a contribution maybe asked for; students are not discriminated against if they are unable to pay. The department does regular fundraising and this allows us to support access for all, including residential experiences.
We will provide Learning Support Assistants to support SEND students where appropriate. We ensure that trips are to suitable premises with appropriate transport and equipment provided. Risk assessments are carried out prior to any trips taking place. Occasionally the SEND department run specialised trips.
How do you help children and young people to make friends?
All subject teachers are encouraged to promote teamwork, paired and small group work in the classroom. We hold regular extra-curricular activities, including our school productions in order to promote social inclusion. We put on social evenings and events, such as the Scary Sleepover, Can Do days, and residential trips. The SEND department offer Room 55 (Student Support) as a base for students to socialise in a supervised area. We have a ‘buddy’ system for identified students that we feel need support with making friendships. There are selected Speech and Language groups delivered within school for students that have complex social, communication difficulties and are monitored by the Speech and Language Service.
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