“The importance of developing independent learners, promoting positive mental health and well-being, life skills, social skills and cultural awareness, underpins the belief that the curriculum offered provides the widest and most beneficial pathway for all students.”
We want our students to excel while developing the skills they need to achieve their full potential and believe that all students have an entitlement to study a broad and balanced curriculum that provides varied and interesting learning experiences suitable to their needs. We will strive to ensure that the support provided for our students removes barriers that will enable them to access their learning in all of their subjects. If we are to achieve this, we need to consider carefully the pathway or options for every student so that they have the skills, the resilience, respect and reflectiveness in order to participate fully in all aspects of society.
The team is made up of Heads of Years, Pastoral Leaders and Pastoral Assistants. They are most likely to work closely with students who do not meet the threshold for SEND Support and those whose behaviours may impact on their ability to achieve successfully. The team provides 1:1 or small group intervention to address social and emotional literacy needs, organisational and engagement concerns as well as support to address behaviour for learning difficulties. A solution focused approach is designed to ensure that all students can demonstrate positive learning behaviours that fall in line with the school’s LORIC (leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, communication) expectations and ethos.
Our two Attendance Officers have a huge role to play in raising the achievement of our students by improving school attendance and punctuality across the whole school. Their commitment to promoting excellent attendance and reducing the number of absences is demonstrated by the important relationships that they build with students and their families.
The SEND Team supports the students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This support will be specific and personalised to the student and falls into three categories:
The SENCO is responsible for the strategic co-ordination of the day-to-day provision of education for students with SEND as well as the management of the team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs). During the current climate, we have attached one LSA to each year group, who is the first point of contact that will raise concerns and instigate discussions regarding SEND and potential students. In addition, in order to address low reading ages and severe literacy needs, students from particular groups in year 7, 8 and 9, receive daily small group literacy support. Please see our link to SEND Provision.
The Autism Resource Base provides support for up to 20 children who have a primary diagnosis of autism and have an EHCP. Admissions to the base will be through the SEND team at Lewisham, Kaleidoscope, based on need and suitability of the provision for each individual child. The criteria for children wishing to attend the Resource Base is as follows:
Some students within Deptford Green School may require a smaller and additional supportive learning environment that is able to cater to their specific needs. These needs may be educational, behavioural, social, emotional or include mental health needs. The aim of the provision is to ensure that any personal challenges are conquered so that students can develop their resilience and implement the strategies required that will enable them to achieve their academic and personal targets.
The Sanctuary provides support for four main groups of students:
Students who attend the Sanctuary are referred by their Head of Year and are provided with the opportunity to learn in a small and supportive setting for up to six weeks continuously or during specific times during the day. This may be because they have significant barriers that affect their overall successful engagement. The climate for learning is personalised in order to meet the needs of the students that attend.
Throughout any time spent in the Sanctuary, students are carefully monitored and high expectations of behaviour, as well as a focus on learning is evidenced by the LORIC points they achieve during this time.
The school mentor is available to support individuals or small groups of children to ensure that their attitude, behaviour and conduct is of the highest standard. We have in the past used the PiXL Edge programme, a programme which relies heavily on the key LORIC learning behaviours: leadership, organisation, resilience, communication and initiative. The behaviour mentor works closely with identified children to ensure that they are in a better position to make the right decisions both in lessons and during unstructured times.
The Outreach Inclusion Service offers every Lewisham mainstream Primary and Secondary school access to support for children aged 4-16, and their families, who are experiencing difficulties in participating fully in their educational setting. The team comprises teachers, advisors and therapists specialising in working with children and young people (CYP) whose main barriers to learning are their social and emotional needs. They are a multi-disciplinary team, drawing on all of their vast experience gained from working in mainstream schools, specialist schools and alternative provisions, adjusting their support to meet the needs of all learners. Currently at Deptford Green, we have two members of the team attached to the school.
Deptford Green School is a fully inclusive mainstream school. At Deptford Green School all pupils are valued equally, regardless of where their abilities lie, with the School being committed to developing ‘the best in everyone’. All students are entitled to have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, which is differentiated to meet individual needs. With its aims, Deptford Green School is committed to equal opportunities, with students being encouraged to achieve their full potential, whatever their academic or physical ability, through the provision of a balanced and challenging curriculum in both content and styles of learning.
Our provision is built around a graduated approach. This ensures that the needs and differences of students are clearly identified and that reasonable adjustments and interventions are put in place to ensure the best possible outcomes for all learners.
All students with an EHCP are offered additional support during their transition from primary to secondary school. Once at Deptford Green they will be assigned a keyworker who will be the main point of contact and support for that student during their time at the school.
Support for those with an EHCP will include implementation and regular reviewing of the provision identified within their EHCP in order that they can be best supported to meet their outcomes. Regular keyworker support and termly reviews will support the Annual Review process.
Support and intervention for those with an EHCP may include:
Details can be downloaded here of our local SEN provision offer. This comprises part of the Lewisham offer of provision overall. To see the SEN provision in Lewisham go to http://www.lewishamlocaloffer.org.uk/
Some students will be eligible for additional or specialised arrangements during assessments and examinations.
Assessments and observations will be undertaken by teachers, Inclusion staff and specialist assessors in order to support an application for access arrangements.
Access arrangements in examinations include:
At Deptford Green, we realise that the standard GCSE pathway may not be suitable for some of our learners. Therefore, we deem it important to ensure that there are alternatives available that will engage our young people and provide them with a sense of achievement. At the end of KS3, children with SEND work closely with the our SENDCo and other key members of staff to ensure that they make the right option choices. Within inclusion we provide the following:
The purpose of the Functional Skills English Level 1/2 qualification is to prepare our learners for work, study and life. Learners who achieve this qualification will demonstrate the ability to read, write, speak, listen and communicate in English. Learners will be able to apply these skills effectively to a range of purposes in the workplace and in real life situations.
The purpose of Functional Skills Mathematics Entry Level qualifications are to demonstrate a sound grasp of the underpinning skills and basics of mathematical skills appropriate to the level, and the ability to apply mathematical thinking to solve simple problems in familiar situations.
The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) is a nationally recognised qualification available at Levels 1, 2 and 3 The qualification offers imaginative ways of accrediting young people's activities. It promotes, and allows centres to record, a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.
This pathway supports and works alongside the expectation that students will still be accessing all core subjects as part of their curriculum. It enriches the core subjects and gives them a good foundation for learning.
The Four Main Areas of SEND
The 0-25 SEND Code of Practice (2015) identifies four broad areas of special education needs and support.
The four main SEND areas are:
Many young people with SEND have difficulties that fit clearly into one of these areas, but some have needs that span more than one area.
For the purposes of assessment, advice, and intervention the SEND team at Deptford Green regularly liaise with and might refer a student to any one of a number of external agencies or specialist teams.
External agencies and services we regularly work with include:
For SEND related queries please contact our SENDCO
Ms Ruth Alexander - firstname.lastname@example.org
For Inclusion related queries please contact our Head of Inclusion
Ms Natasha Cameron - email@example.com