Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Whitley Bay High School is a large secondary comprehensive school for pupils aged 13-18. As a fully inclusive school we strive to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential, personally, socially emotionally, physically and educationally. Our SEND policy is available to download and should be read in conjunction with the information report below.
- SEND Policy Download
Whitley Bay High School Information Report for Pupils with Special Education Needs and/or Disabilities.
Our purpose is to prepare our students for life in the 21st Century. In doing so they will become:
- flexible in their thinking;
- independent in their learning;
- effective in their communication skills;
- inspired with enthusiasm for continued learning.
Our intent is to actively promote continuing learning throughout the whole school community, in which:
- happiness and high self-esteem are developed by recognising success;
- change is welcomed;
- all demonstrate the conviction that the school in infinitely improvable;
- the role of parents in developing learning is explicit, recognised and valued;
- technology is used to develop borderless thinking and to transcend the boundaries of time, place and subject content.
Our vision is that as a school community:
- we will develop a passion for learning rather than an acquisition of knowledge;
- we will develop the desire and aptitude to be inquiring, willing to test and hypothesis, and to take risks;
- we will become creative problem solvers and effective decision makers;
- we will develop high levels of communication skills.
We will achieve this be defining our role as:
- inspiring students with curiosity by our example;
- developing in our students the capacity to ask questions rather than providing them with answers;
- recognising and celebrating the achievement of all students;
- identifying and maximising the full potential of all students.
We consult with pupils and their families on our local offer by:
- gathering student and parent views from annual SEND reviews;
- sending out parent questionnaires;
- meeting and engaging with parents regularly through the formal SEND review process, parents’ evening, regular grade and target tracking and feedback, regular pastoral support team meetings and other meetings and interventions as the need arises.
Supporting Pupils with Special Educational Needs / Disabilities and Their Families
Parents are encouraged to let us know of any concerns they have about their child. The school will let families know about any concerns about a pupil in the first instance through contact by the SENCo or a member of the pastoral team. Parents would be invited for an initial meeting to discuss the situation further and develop an action plan.
When a pupil is identified as having special education needs and / or disability, we support their development and progress by:
- promptly identifying and assessing students who may have special educational needs as soon as cause for concern has been raised;
- working in partnership with students so that they play an active and valued role in their own education, including setting targets, monitoring and reviewing their own progress;
- utilising up-to-date assistive technology to support students to achieve their potential across the curriculum;
- regularly training (including training for all school staff), reflecting on school practice, and keeping up to date with SEND developments.
- developing a rigorous transition process between Y8 and Y9 and between Y11 and Y12 in conjunction with feeder schools, Connexions and other education providers;
- monitoring and reviewing student performance and progress, implementing agreed targets and evaluation these termly through the procedures outlines in the Code of Practice 2014;
- ensuring students play a full and active role in their SEND review by preparing a presentation which outlines their views, targets and aspirations;
- providing the appropriate support to those with identifies special educational needs that includes in-class support as well as interventions tailored to the needs of the student and access to our resource room (S2) during unstructured times and for assessment and homework support;
- working in partnership with family members or carers through liaison and support to develop strategies that will allow them to play an active and valued role in the education of their children;
- developing a review process which fully take into account the individual personality and needs of the student and their parents;
- using the keyworker role to act as a point of contact and an advocate for vulnerable students on the SEND register;
- developing strong links within the local authority, including particularly the four feeder middle schools as well as the Secondary SENCo Network of North Tyneside;
- working in partnership with appropriate outside agencies to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to planning and implementing appropriate and effective support for pupils;
- provide opportunities for wider integration into whole school activities both within and outside the curriculum;
- creating detailed pupil support plans in conjunction with students and their parents, that give advice and guidance to staff that work with the pupil;
- assessing pupils for exam access arrangements and supporting the ‘work in practice for this across the curriculum’ in line with JCQ (Joint Council for Qualifications) guidance;
- making out ‘best endeavours’ to ensure that all students with SEND reach their potential.
- Ensuring we are fit for purpose as an Emotionally Healthy School in line with the Local Authority’s Emotionally Healthy Schools checklist.
Who are the other people providing services to children with SEND in this school?
- Learning Support Assistants
- Student Support Assistants
- Specialist Support Teachers
- Additional Educational Needs Coordinator/Assistant SENCo
- Learning Mentor
- Student Support Coordinator
- Whole School Guidance Counsellor
- Strong links with Safeguarding leaders.
The other people / agencies and teams providing services to children with a special educational need / disability in school include:
- Educational Psychology
- Public Health School Nurse
- CAMHS and the Primary Mental Health Team
- Language and Communication Team
- Dyslexia Referral Team
- Speech and Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
We will work in partnership with other education providers to ensure that pupils make a successful transition to the next stages of their learning, through careful and coordinated planning of the transition. We provide the following support to pupils when they are leaving the school:
- support through tutorials to prepare for the next phase of their education, including support writing personal statements;
- a range of workshops and talks about College places, apprenticeships including the involvement of past students and the Connexions service;
- apprenticeship, college and university events for Y11, Y12 and Y13;
- St James’ Park full day event (in conjunction with EBP, Education Business Partnership) to develop exam technique, prepare for life beyond school including mock interview with employers;
- St James’ Park pre-visit for pupils with SEND and for those less confident;
- by holding guidance meetings with Y11, Y12 and Y13;
- working closely with Connexions, including completing the requisite paperwork to support learners beyond school (such as Learning Disability Assessments);
- keeping track of pupil destinations throughout their transition process to monitor if any students are in danger of being NEET.
What are the different types of support available for children with SEND in our school?
Students on the SEND register can receive support in the following ways:
- targeted support – in class;
- targeted support- intervention groups, which includes literacy, numeracy, social and communication skills, independent travel skills, exam access arrangement support and practice, as well as assessment and coursework support;
- assistive technology ICT equipment, where appropriate;
- intervention programmes before and after school: Literacy, Numeracy, working Memory skills, iPad, Homework support;
- transition programme to high school and then on to the next phase of education at Post-16;
- Focused support from the Learning Mentor, Student Support Coordinator or School Counsellor.
Support staff are placed where they are needed through the school to ensure pupil progress, independence and value for money. To achieve this:
- support is organised on a needs basis;
- some students, at times, require 1:1 support;
- however, the majority of support is shared in class – so that students can reach their maximum learning potential and independence;
- exams access arrangement is extremely important including ensuring that pupils work with their exam entitlement as their normal working practice;
- students on the SEND register have a keyworker – someone that can act as an advocate;
- in class duties: reader, scribe, prompt, guide, differentiate through questioning and other means, liaise with the teacher in terms of planning;
- offer a supported safe haven (S2) during unstructured times;
- out of class – intervention programmes: independent travel, assessment supervision, communication skills group, literacy, numeracy, homework support, revision, liaise with parents and professionals, contribute to reports.
All staff have undergone, and will continue to receive, training in special educational needs and disabilities. This includes training on issues such as differentiation and working memory. Often, lunchtime and after school sessions are arranged with staff for training related to the needs of individual students. Every department has an SEND representative,
Our fully qualified and trained Special Educational Needs Coordinator provides advice and guidance to staff.
Learning Support Staff training and qualifications include:
- National Award for SEND Coordination
- Exam Access Assessment Qualification (CCET and AAC)
- BA Primary Education
- Certificate in Education (Special Needs)
- Level 3 and 4 Autism
- Level 3 Dyslexia
- RNIB support training
- Independent Travel Training
- Child Protection
- National Strategies: Behaviour, Language and Communication, Autism, Dyslexia.
The school works in partnership with families to help them support their children’s learning outside of school.
Families are also signposted to services / organisations through North Tyneside’s Local Offer, www.northtyneside.gov.uk. Alternatively, information can be found by telephoning the ‘Front Door’ service on 0345 2000 109.
Behaviour and anti-bullying policies are regularly reviewed with a focus on how they affect pupils with special educational needs or disabilities.
Other useful documents such as out Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Policy are also available on the school website.
The school’s self-evaluation process will look at teaching and learning for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
All school-related activities are evaluated in terms of their benefit to the learning and inclusion of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
If you would like further information about what we offer here at Whitley Bay High School, then please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, James Mackenzie, on: 0191 200 8800. The Assistant SENCo and Alternative Educational Provision Coordinator is David Lee.
School entitlement offer to pupils with special educational needs of disabilities
Support Available Within Schools
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|Social, Mental and Emotional Health
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If you have any concerns about your child’s special educational needs and/or disability, their progress or the support you receive, we would ask that you come into school and discuss matters further with your child’s Head of Year and / or the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
Although school complaints procedures are in place and can be accessed through our website we would always hope to resolve any issues or concerns informally by working in partnership with parents.
Updated – October 2017
Parents can contact North Tyneside Partnership Service for impartial information, advice and support in relation to their child’s special educational need and / or disability on tel. 0345 2000 109.