SEN and Accessibility for disabled students information report
All students are valued and encouraged to achieve to the best of their ability. Learning Support at Lilian Baylis covers a wide area. The following groups are offered support in their studies:
- Students with an Education Health Care Plan
- Students with special needs who do not have an Education Health Care Plan but who need support in some of their lessons, especially with their literacy
- Students with special needs who do not have an Education Health Care Plan but who need support especially with emotional and/or behavioural difficulties which hinder learning
- Students whose first language is not English, and who need support in learning English so that they can take a more active role in lessons
- Refugees and asylum seekers
- Students who need extra help with their reading skills
- Students with disabilities
- Some minority ethnic students who need support and guidance in order to achieve their best in school
- Some students who have not coped well in the transition from Primary to Secondary school, and need help in settling in to school
The Deputy Headteacher (Inclusion) coordinates Learning Support. All support teams meet every 3 weeks at a Support Coordination Group Meeting to review support arrangements and to evaluate allocated support. This is done on an individual basis, where each student’s current individual needs are assessed to decide the level of support needed.
HOW DO WE SUPPORT THESE STUDENTS?
Provision to meet the variety of special needs in the school is made through:
- Differentiation by the teacher of tasks and outcomes within the classroom
- In-class support provided by the Languages or the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team.
- Individual and small group withdrawal of some students for an intensive literacy support
- Withdrawal from lessons, or in-class support, as appropriate, for students whose first language is not English.
- One-to-one tuition of some students where appropriate
- Pastoral Officers who give students individual attention to help them improve and overcome any barriers to their learning
- Small group work with students who have behavioural difficulties and so find it difficult to concentrate on their lessons
This Languages team aims to cater for the needs of our students who have English as an additional language. Extra English classes are provided in small groups as well as in-class support. The team promotes and celebrates the cultural and linguistic diversity of the school as well as raising awareness of the issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. In addition literacy support is provided for and there are study support groups for new arrival students from all over the world whose English is at an early stage.
There is after school Portuguese and Arabic tuition for GCSE and AS and A2 and the school hosts teachers of Portuguese for primary school children.
Students who are native speakers of additional languages may sit GCSE and AS and A2 exams in their language and we offer preparation for Spanish and French AS and A2 as well Spanish and French GCSE.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS (SEN)
On receiving a request for placement for a student with an Education Health Care Plan the Headteacher, with advice from the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, considers the request and any concerns are passed to Lambeth Council. If appropriate a meeting is then arranged with the SENCO.
The school supports all students with special educational needs regardless of whether they have an Education Health Care Plan through:
- Dedicated in class support from specialist Teaching Assistants
- Additional support through smaller classes, extra tuition and 1 to 1 support as needed
- A partnership with a number of external agencies provide therapeutic services
In the last year we have developed our provision for students with special educational needs through:
- Improved facilities including new classrooms
- A greater range of withdrawal classes
- Working with a consultant to train staff to provide better in class support
Special educational needs at Lilian Baylis Technology School has an outstanding reputation. This is due to our fully inclusive ethos and our commitment to supporting all children to achieve the best possible grades.
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On receiving a request form for a student with an Education Health Care Plan who is disabled, the Headteacher, with advice from the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, considers the request and any concerns are forwarded to Lambeth Council. If appropriate a meeting is then arranged with the SENCO.
Disabled students without an Education Health Care Plan will be admitted in the normal way and will have a School Based Plan put in place, if appropriate. This ensures their full participation in all activities of the school. Regular feedback is solicited from disabled students, external specialists, parents and staff to ensure that disabled students are not being treated less favourably than other students.
Prospective students and their parents/carers are welcome to contact the SENCO to arrange to visit to discuss any aspect of access arrangements
The new school building allows full and unhindered access for disabled students. The school has a fully inclusive access plan which is available on request to the Business Support Manager. As a result of this the school has recently installed 2 additional lifts so that those disabled students who need to use a lift can move around the school more easily. In the future we hope to better support visually impaired students through appropriate signage.