Learning Support

Inclusion and Learning Support

Students with Special Educational Needs at Grace Academy will initially have their needs assessed by the Learning Support Team. This will be triangulated with information from any previous education settings, the work of external agencies and the parents and carers of those young people. It is by working together in partnership that any students’ needs will be met in as inclusive an environment as possible. The Learning Support Team consists of the SENCo, Assistant SENCo and a large team of support assistants, learning mentors and teaching staff themselves.

The Learning Support team is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the SEN policy. It co-ordinates the extra support and provision for students with statements as well as the provision for students at school action and school action plus. This team offers a range of services throughout the school, covering all departments, as well as more specialised support in the Learning Support Centre (LSC).

Our Aims

The shared aim of the Learning Support Team is that every student at Grace Academy, no matter what their barrier to learning, can and will realise their potential within an inclusive community. This aim will be met by ensuring all staff are well trained to support the differing needs of students, that we offer a proactive and reflective service and that we have a well-developed curriculum and interventions ensure all students can feel and gain success.

Literacy Information

Some students join Grace Academy with reading ages and literacy levels below national expectations. We know that this is important to tackle as impacts on being able to access the whole curriculum for that student. We offer paired reading programmes and well as using the package of Accelerated Reading in English lessons and one-to-one support. This has proved itself to be successful with students to improve their reading ages and their comprehension of what they are reading. We always strive to individualise programmes to meet the needs of students and to support them to improve their self-esteem and skills in literacy.

“We would encourage all families to support their children in reading at home. Reading to an adult or other person can be very beneficial to support reading and to get children reading for pleasure.”

Parent support

Staff training on SEN needs and production of Provision Maps that detail the strategies they need to use in planning and delivering lessons to support any student with SEN

  • Autism support (through CASS)
  • Behaviour support (through LABBs)
  • Specialist support from an Educational Psychologist
  • Literacy support and paired/small reading groups
  • Homework Support
  • KS3/KS4 Maths intervention
  • KS3/KS4 English intervention
  • Personalised learning programmes
  • Supporting alternative qualifications and Work Related Learning
  • Support in mainstream classrooms
  • Specialist support from outside agencies such as speech and language

If you have any questions or queries regarding any aspect of our inclusion provision please do not hesitate to get in touch with our SEN  co-ordinator Nicola Meredith on 02476 589000.