SEND policy and practice at Yavneh College adheres to the principles outlined in the SEND Code of Practice, January 2015 which sets out guidance on policies and procedures “enabling pupils with Special Educational Needs to reach their full potential, to be included fully in their school communities and make a successful transition to adulthood” (Special Educational Needs and Disability – Code of Practice)
This confirms the school ethos that all pupils irrespective of difference have equal opportunities to participate and be fully included in all aspects of Yavneh life.
The department has the experience and expertise to work with pupils who have a variety of educational needs such as cognition and learning, communication and interaction, social emotional and mental health and sensory and physical.
The department works predominantly with individuals in the classroom and will provide support to include whole classes, small group interventions in literacy and numeracy, individual social and emotional programmes and exam related support.
The department works very closely with Local Authorities, specialist advisory teachers and external agencies to support pupils who require further help in addition to their mainstream provision.
The department is led by an experienced full-time SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) who is a qualified teacher and supported by 3 full time Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) and 6.5 Learning Support Assistants (LSAs). All SEND staff receive ongoing professional development training from the SENCO and external specialists enabling them to effectively support the learning of pupils with SEND.
The SEN Base houses a number of PCs equipped with speech recognition, literacy and numeracy support software in addition to a number of chrome books for pupils with identified learning, motor difficulties or medical needs. At break and lunch times, it serves as an ‘alternative space’ for pupils to spend time should they wish.
The academic attainment of SEND pupils is impressive. School progress data 2017 shows that pupils with SEND perform at or above expected levels of attainment and progress.
Literacy and Numeracy Catch Up Premium
The Government provides funding for pupils who obtain below expected levels in Maths or English at Key Stage 2.
In 2018, Yavneh College received £8,443 Literacy and Numeracy Catch-up Premium.
The Catch Up Premium was spent on:
- Support for Literacy and/or Numeracy weekly support sessions
- Additional Literacy and Numeracy resources
End of year results, 2018 demonstrated that the interventions had impact on pupil achievement and end of year attainment:
- 100% of pupils stated an increase in confidence levels and enjoyment of the subject as a result of the intervention
- 100% of pupils who received support in numeracy either met or exceeded their end of year target levels in Maths
- 62% of pupils who received support in literacy either met or exceeded their end of year target levels in English