The Learning Support Department at Neale-Wade Academy liaises with partner Primary schools, so that most students who have special educational needs have been identified before their arrival. We also carry out reading and spelling assessments shortly after students enter the Academy, to provide some baseline data and to identify any other students who may have difficulty in accessing the curriculum.
Students who have literacy difficulties and who struggle with Modern Foreign Languages can be withdrawn from this area of the curriculum to consolidate key skills during Year 7, 8 and 9. We provide individual support for some students during early morning sessions and have an after Academy club, the Homework Support Group, to help with homework and to develop social skills and the ability to work in teams.
Classroom support is provided by a team of Learning Support Assistants and is structured to enable students to access the curriculum. Priority for support has to be given to students with statements but other students also benefit. We strive to implement the principles of the Code of Practice and aim to establish good working relationships with parents.
Individual Education Plans are reviewed at least twice a year and parents, along with students, are invited to be part of the review process.
The Learning Support Department has a multi-agency approach to supporting young people. We work closely with professionals in the Health Service, Secondary Support Service, Student Welfare Organisations, the Traveller Support Team, our designated Educational Psychologist and other professionals. We intend to provide every opportunity for our young people to make a successful transition into adult life.
Through the students’ profile on ‘Go’, all Gifted and Talented students are listed and their particular area of expertise is identified. This ensures that staff can provide the appropriate level of challenge in lessons and have appropriate expectations of students. In addition, outside agencies, usually universities, frequently offer opportunities for activities that challenge and enhance individual students learning. A number of departments also offer challenge to students showing specific talents in their subject by means of extra-curricular activities such as the ‘Engage’ club in English and the ‘Green Power’ team in Design Technology.