Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
The SEN Department and Disability Provision
Specialist Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO): Mrs A Barley
Senior Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mr P Atkins
The SEN Department is headed by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) Mrs A Barley, and Senior HLTS Mr P Atkins. They are supported by a team comprising of Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).
At RHSC the majority of our LSAs support small groups rather than individual pupils, who are encouraged to work with several adults over the course of a day; their focus is promoting independence and preventing over reliance on one key adult.
Our SEN support is built around a mainstream system, with our goal being to enhance Quality First teaching. Each year a small number of pupils form our ACE group, whose timetables are altered significantly. Approximately half of their lessons are taught in small groups by a mixture of subject specialists and HLTAs. The department’s main classroom is also open to some pupils before school, at break and lunchtime, and provides a social area for pupils who might benefit from a smaller and more secure social setting than the wider school offers.
Throughout their time at RHSC pupils can benefit from a variety of personalised support measures such as small groups, the Fresh Start programme, IDL Cloud dyslexia intervention, Precision teaching and Peer reading. We also introduce pupils to technology that will help them to access the curriculum, such as C-Scan Reading pens, Clariscan and Google Docs – Voice typing.
Pupil progress is monitored and personalised Pupil Passports are created and shared with all staff.
The school’s SENCO is also the designated teacher for Child Protection and Looked After Children.
The SEN Department supports the learning of children with special needs. It supports all aspects of the curriculum by monitoring pupils’ progress and giving targeted help where needed. It promotes inclusion by supporting children who have physical disabilities or learning difficulties.
The department enjoys specialist accommodation on the school’s main corridor in Learning Base 1 (LB1) as well as two other specialist rooms known as Learning Base 2 (LB2) and Intervention 1 (IN1). The rooms are used to deliver highly differentiated lessons to small groups and individuals. IN1 is the base for Fresh Start literacy intervention, and both LB1 and LB2 are used for various other forms of provision. The department currently has 8 computers and a specialist library in LB1.
At Reepham we work hard to get things right from the outset.
In Year 7 extra teaching groups have been created in English and Maths. This allows identified pupils to learn in well supported, small groups. Those pupils in Year 7 who need additional literacy support also benefit from studying the Fresh Start programme of intervention.
Throughout Key Stage 3, a small group of pupils receive approximately two thirds of their lessons in a class that nurtures their high level of need.
In Key Stage 4, pupils in Years 10 and 11 also benefit from the creation of an additional teaching group in English, Mathematics and Science. Some pupils also receive homework support and Entry Level Maths.
In Key Stage 5, most pupils are supported through Quality First teaching and through individualised exams access arrangements. High level support is tailored specifically to the student and may take the form of anything from 1:1 weekly mentoring sessions up to daily LSA support. Appropriate and additional funding to support post-16 learners has to be applied for, so please contact the SENCO on application to discuss this should you feel this is necessary.
The LSAs work for the majority of their day in classes, supporting groups of pupils who have been identified as having a specific learning or health need. Many of these pupils will have an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP).
Disability Provision - disabled access is provided through ramps and lifts. There are disabled toilets and adjustable sinks and desks in some classrooms.
SENCO Dec 2017