Learning Enhancement & Special Needs
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
The Learning Enhancement team is responsible for students at Kings College who have Special Educational Needs, including those students who are part of The Physically Disabled Centre. (PDC)
Further Learning Support and Enhancement is also supplied by the Combined Learning Centre.
My son/daughter has a Statement. How will they be supported at Kings College?
Students with Statements will generally receive some individual support from a Learning Enhancement Teacher. In addition, support will be offered in class in subject lessons by one of our Learning Support Assistants. Students who have a Statement for a physical disability may apply to be supported by the PDC. In order that students do not miss out and fall further behind in subjects, withdrawal of students from lessons is kept to a minimum. Levels of support will vary for each individual depending on their needs and the funding allocated through the Statement. In all cases, the Learning Enhancement team liaise particularly closely with parents, students and teachers of Statemented students.
Does the Learning Enhancement Team only work with Statemented students?
No, we are responsible for all students on the Special Needs Code of Practice including School Action and School Action Plus.
My son/daughter is currently on the special needs register at School Action / Action Plus. How exactly will they be supported at Kings College?
Students on the Special Needs register may be supported as part of a small group in a class by a Learning Support Assistant. Students not achieving a Level 4 in Maths or English are likely to benefit from literacy and numeracy ‘catch-up’ units being introduced at Kings College. They may also attend an after-school club activity targeted at students with particular needs. In addition all students at Kings College take part in two Curriculum Plus sessions each week. During this time students are supported with on going class and homework whilst also using the time to work on Success Maker. This is an individual learning system, delivered by computer, which assesses what a student’s strengths and weaknesses are. The system then selects questions appropriate to each individual student’s needs.
My son/daughter is on the Special Needs Register at primary school. Will this information be passed on to Kings if my son/daughter joins the College?
Yes. Names of Year 6 students on the Special Needs Register are passed onto secondary schools prior to transfer. There is also a good level of communication between the Learning Enhancement team and colleagues in our primary feeder schools. We also try and attend summer Annual Review meetings for Statemented students who will be joining Kings College.
Will my son/daughter remain on the special educational needs register for their entire time at Kings College?
Not necessarily. It is our aim to address individual learning difficulties to a point where students no longer need the support of Learning Enhancement wherever possible. In such cases, a student’s progress will continue to be monitored.
How do you know whether my son/daughter might need support from the Learning Enhancement team?
Prior to joining Kings College and then again in the first half term, all Year 7 students sit a number of screening assessments. This helps alert us to individual strengths and weaknesses. There is also on-going communication between teaching staff, tutors and the Learning Enhancement team where concerns over an individual’s progress can be raised and intervention co-ordinated.
Who should I contact if I need further information?
Mr Gary Rogers co-ordinates the SEN provision within the College. He may be contacted on email: g,email@example.com