At Stoke Studio College we welcome everyone into our community. Stoke Studio College endeavours to make available inclusive provision to ensure that all students, including those identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education with access to the National Curriculum at an appropriate level, so that they may achieve their full potential.
Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Mrs Rebecca Prince.
We are committed to narrowing the attainment gap between SEND and non-SEND students and offer a range of personalised learning intervention/opportunities to support this. We are very proud of all our students and their achievements and our aim is to give them the tools in order to become independent learners and achieve their full potential.
1. How does Stoke Studio College know if students need extra help and what should I do if I think my son/daughter may have special educational needs?
At Stoke Studio College students are identified as having special educational needs through a variety of ways including the following:-
- Liaison with the previous school
- Student performing below age expected levels
- Concerns raised by parent
- Concerns raised by the student
- Concerns raised by teacher for example; behaviour or self-esteem is affecting their performance
- Liaison with Multi-Agencies
- Health diagnosis through paediatrician/GP
2. How will staff at Stoke Studio College support my child?
- Our staff at the Studio College will support students at a level appropriate to their needs through effective differentiation in the classroom.
- The Extended Learning Department provides intervention programmes to meet a variety of needs relating to literacy and numeracy skills; emotional and social difficulties; and communication and interaction difficulties.
- The provision is reviewed every year to ensure it addresses the needs of current students.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my son/daughter’s needs?
- The Extended Learning Department aims to ensure the fullest possible access to the curriculum for students with Special and additional Educational needs.
4. How does Stoke Studio College know how well my son/daughter is doing?
- Stoke Studio College measures student progress in learning against national expectations and age related expectations. The teachers continually assess each child and note areas where they are improving and where further support is needed. At the Studio College, we track all our students’ progress from entry at Year 9 through to Year 13, using a variety of different methods including National Curriculum levels, Reading and Spelling ages and their academic progress on their Construction or Engineering qualification. Every student at Stoke Studio College has their own Personal Coach who looks at how they are performing and offers advice and guidance on how to improve further to achieve their full potential.
- Students who are not making expected progress are picked up through one to one meetings with their Personal Coach, review meetings with Heads of Department and the SENCO. Within progress meetings discussions take place concerning why individual children are experiencing difficulties and what further support can be given to aid their progression.
- If your son/daughter has a statement or EHC Plan then when this is reviewed comments are made against each objective to show what progress the child has made. If the child has not met the target, the reasons for this will be discussed, then the target may be adapted into smaller steps or a different approach may be tried to ensure the child does make progress.
5. What opportunities are there for me to discuss my son/daughter’s progress?
- As a parent you will receive regular reports with regards to your son/daughter’s progress. In addition to this there are Parents’ Evenings, which provide an opportunity to meet with subject staff and discuss progress.
- The Studio College offers an open door policy, where you are welcome at any time to make an appointment to meet with the SENCo and discuss how your son/daughter is getting on. We can offer advice and practical ways for you to be able to help your son/daughter at home.
- The Studio College believes that your son/daughter’s education should be a partnership between parents and teachers, therefore we aim to keep communication channels open and communicate regularly, especially if your son/daughter has complex needs.
- At the Studio College students with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or Statement of SEN will also have an Annual Review Meeting where outside agencies may also be invited to attend. We consider that the parents/carer’s views are a vital part of the review and therefore we request your attendance and support for your son/daughter.
6. What support will there be for my childs overall wellbeing?
- At Stoke Studio College we welcome and celebrate diversity and provide appropriate opportunities for everyone to maximise their full potential regardless of background, circumstances, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. All staff believe that a high self-esteem is crucial to the well-being of all of our students. We have a caring, understanding team looking after our children. Each of our students is supported by a Personal Coach who will support them with all aspects of college life, helping them stay on track, enjoy their time with us and achieve their full potential.
- The Lead Personal Coach has overall responsibility for the pastoral and social care of every student at the Studio College, therefore this would be the parents’ first point of contact. If further support is required the Lead Personal Coach liaises with the SENCo for further advice and support. This may involve working alongside outside agencies such as Health and Social Services.
7. How does Stoke Studio College manage the administration of medicines?
- The Studio College has a procedure regarding the administration and managing of medicines on the college site. Parents need to contact the Studio College if medication is recommended by Health Professionals to be taken during the school day. The Studio College has First Aiders who are able to manage medical situations.
8. What support is there for behaviour, avoiding exclusion and increasing attendance?
- The Studio College has a very positive approach to all types of behaviour with a clear reward system that is followed by all staff and students. If a student has behavioural difficulties, meetings are held with the child and parents to identify the specific issues, put relevant support in place and set targets. As a result of the support we give, in particular via our Personal Coaches and Learning Manager our rate of exclusions has drastically reduced over the past year.
- After any serious behaviour incident we expect the student to reflect on their behaviour with their Personal Coach. This helps to identify why the incident happened and what the child needs to do differently next time to change and improve their behaviour.
- Attendance of every student is monitored on a daily basis by the Learning Manager and is discussed in every coaching session with the student’s Personal Coach who may place them on an attendance monitoring plan if necessary. Lateness and absence are recorded and reported upon, to the Learning Manager. Support is given through an incentive scheme where good attendance is actively encouraged throughout the Studio College.
9. What specialist services and expertise are available at, or accessed by Stoke Studio College?
- The staff working at the Studio College are highly trained and experienced in supporting a wide range of SEND conditions. Our SENCo is fully qualified and accredited.
- The Studio College works closely with any external agencies that we feel are relevant to individual students’ needs within our setting including: GPs, school nurse, clinical psychologist, paediatricians, speech & language therapists; occupational therapists; social workers and Educational Psychologists.
10. What training have staff at the Studio College received in supporting students with SEND?
- The Extended Learning Team has staffed trained in delivering reading and spelling / phonics programmes, impulse control programmes, behaviour support, speech and language programmes.
- Every member of teaching staff at the Studio College has been trained on Quality First Teaching, the new SEND Code of Practice (2014) and how to support students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. All staff at the Studio College take part in on-going SEND training programmes.
11. How will my son/daughter be included in activities outside this classroom including Studio College trips?
- All students at the Studio College are included in every part of the curriculum and we aim for all students to be included in any trips. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful.
- A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health & safety will not be compromised. In the unlikely event that it is considered unsafe for a student to take part in an activity, then alternative activities which will cover the same curriculum areas will be provided at the Studio College.
12. How accessible is the Studio College environment?
- The Studio College site is wheelchair accessible with several disabled toilets that are large enough to accommodate changing. The Studio College has a lift to enable those with restricted mobility to access all floors.
- We liaise with the Local Authority EAL Team who assist the Studio College in supporting students and their families where English is an additional language.
13. How will Stoke Studio College prepare and support my son/daughter on joining the Studio College and in moving between future phases of education and in preparing for adulthood?
- Stoke Studio College encourages all new students to visit the Studio College prior them starting their studies with us. For students with SEND we would encourage further visits to assist with the acclimatisation of the new surroundings and meet their Personal Coach.
- For those transferring at the end of Year 9 we arrange a transition day for them to have the opportunity of spending the whole day with us.
- We liaise closely with staff when receiving and transferring children to different schools ensuring all relevant paperwork is passed on and all needs are discussed and understood.
Transition to post-16 provision:
- At the Studio College all students have their own Career Action Plan from year 9 to year 13 to help develop their awareness and understanding of education, training and employment options and to develop the skills, knowledge and capabilities required to effectively manage their careers and transitions.
- The Careers Advisor attends Year 10 and 11 annual reviews to give independent advice and guidance to students and their parents.
- Towards the end of Year 10 students have a one to one meeting with our Careers Advisor.
- Taster sessions and informal visits to college take place throughout KS4.
- Pupil Passports and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) are shared with local colleges. These are soon to be replaced, along with Statements of Special Educational Needs, by Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
14. How are resources allocated and matched to childrens special educational needs at the Studio College?
- We ensure that all students who have Special Educational needs have their individual needs met to the best of the Studio College’s ability, with the funds available.
- Within the College Academies Trust, are a team of Learning & Teaching Assistants (LTA’s) who are funded from the SEN budget and deliver programmes designed to meet groups of children’s needs.
- The budget is allocated on a needs basis. The children who have the most complex needs are given the most support often involving an LTA.
15. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my son/daughter will receive?
The SENCo or the Lead Personal Coach will meet with you to discuss your son/daughter’s needs and what support would be appropriate. Different students will require different levels of support in order to bridge the gap to achieve age expected levels and support them to achieve their full potential. This will be through on-going discussions with parents. We know if this has had an impact:
- By reviewing student targets and ensuring they are being met
- The student is making progress academically against national/age expected levels and the gap is narrowing – they are catching up to their peers or expected age levels.
- Through verbal feedback from the teachers, parent and student.
- Students may move off of the Extended Learning register when they have ‘caught up’ or made sufficient progress.