Learning Support at Arden Academy
Arden Academy pursues a 'Whole School Policy' for Special Needs. We do our very best within our budget and expertise to support children with extra needs. The furtherance of this policy will involve:
- Supporting the school's aims and equal opportunities policy
- Teachers being responsible for the progress of all pupils in their classes
- Making help and support available to staff as they attempt to meet their responsibilities with respect to their special needs
- Support being available to all pupils as necessary, within the limits of the school's resources, to enable them to follow the full National Curriculum, achieved by quality first teaching, effective differentiation and support
- Ensuring all the resources of the school are used for the development of all pupils to meet their individual needs
- Support being provided by individual subject areas and the Learning Support Department
- The school maps its SEN provision and monitors it to ensure value for money and good progress of pupils
- The Special Needs Governor for Arden is Ms Sarah Bloomer
Implementation of the Special Educational Needs Policy
The 2014 Special educational needs and disability Code of Practice is fully in place at Arden. The school uses the assess, plan, do and review approach as suggested in the code of practice. Students who are identified as having a special educational need are then, in consultation with parents, added to the register and strategies are shared with teaching staff and the appropriate support staff to ensure quality first teaching and effective differentiation takes place.
At Arden we offer the following interventions:
- Year 7 and 8 Reading programme which is held three mornings a week (8 50-9 10am)
- Year 7 and 8 Spelling programme which is held three mornings a week (8 50-9 10am)
- Year 9 mentoring group, which will focus on reviewing academic progress as well as reading and spelling.
- Year 11 mentoring group to focus on emotional well being as well as academic progress.
- Vertical Mentoring
- Social skills
- Maths Intervention
- Learning challenge
Homework club is available before school, during lunchtime and after school as a drop in service, this is supervised and allows students access to support with their homework.
A small number of pupils in Years 8 and 9 engage in a programme focused on literacy and numeracy skills instead of a second foreign language. This course is designed to help with basic skills and increase confidence in all subjects and is delivered by specialist teachers.
The school uses the services of the Solihull Special Needs Advisory and Support Service to assess pupils and advise on suitable strategies to help with their difficulties. There are also regular meetings with the school's educational psychologist.
Visiting support teachers from the Learning Support Service, Specific Learning Difficulty Service, Hearing Impaired Service, English as a Second Language Service, Visual Impairment Team and Emotional and Social Difficulties Service are active in school supporting a number of pupils. The Careers Service attends progress reviews of students in Years 9-11.
Director of Learning Support – Mrs K Pemberton
Lead LSA - Mrs P Scott
Learning Support Manager - Mrs J Bradley
SENCO - Mr D Warwood - Vice Principal
The Department has nine LSAs funded by the school.