How we support our students
All students are supported in the first instance by Quality First Teaching. If necessary, in-class support is provided by HLTAs/LSAs, who liaise closely with teachers to ensure students can access the curriculum. Literacy and Numeracy interventions are provided by the SEND team to targeted groups of students several times a week, in order to accelerate their progress.
For our students who are new to English, we offer an intensive induction programme in the SEND department, delivered by a qualified English teacher. Students are regularly assessed and are gradually introduced into their mainstream timetable as their language skills and confidence increase.
An additional part of our provision is the highly successful Lexia Reading Programme which identified students have timetabled access to twice a week. Students are able to access this programme from home and take advantage of this. The programme identifies general weaknesses in each teaching set and provides lessons which the English teacher delivers in a mainstream classroom setting.
Specific learning difficulties are addressed through a personalised and differentiated curriculum. The Beat Dyslexia! Programme runs on a daily basis for recognised students. This is further adapted in key stage 4 to include subject-specific work, coordinated with subject specialists.
The Student Support Zone caters for students who, for a variety of reasons, are on restricted timetables in the academy. Work is provided on a daily basis by teachers to ensure that students do not miss any education. All of these students also have a personalised reintegration plan to ensure a comfortable and complete return to mainstream lessons.
Should urgent medical needs arise, the academy has a school nurse who can advise over the phone or attend the academy to meet with the student and staff concerned. Furthermore, the academy has a comprehensive medical team consisting of qualified first aiders, mental health first aiders and a medication manager who support any students requiring support with medical needs.
The academy is divided into 4 Small Schools which ensures that students have day-to-day access to an all-inclusive and student-centred pastoral system. Daily tutor time builds a sense of belonging and allows students to work on their team-building skills. This regular contact with their tutor enables students to discuss any academic or pastoral concerns they may have. Each School has an extensive and broad academic and pastoral support team, who work closely with the SEND department to provide the best care for all of our students.