Moorside High School

Moorside High School

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A friendly, caring school with a family ethos

Learning Support

THE LEARNING SUPPORT TEAM

Will endeavour to:-

  • Identify barriers to learning be it social, emotional, educational or cultural.
  • Develop pupils’ confidence and independence.
  • Motivate pupils to produce their best work and aspire to achieve.
  • Ensure a happy, caring environment, essential for effective learning.
  • Enable pupils to leave school with qualifications which reflect the progress they have made during their time at Moorside High School.
  • Work together in partnership with parents and external agencies

Accommodation & Resources 

  • Good quality teaching accommodation for pupils with additional needs
  • A separate enhanced resource for pupils with a Statement/Education health Care Plan for Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties.
  • A wide variety of teaching equipment e.g. computers, laptops, Interactive whiteboard, spelling aids, language programmes.
  • A good selection of reading books written for secondary age pupils, with appropriate reading ages.
  • A wide range of assessment materials.
  • A varied selection of literacy and numeracy resources.
  • Learning Support Staff who specialise in implementing strategies for Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyspraxia, Dyslexia and Dyscalculia.
  • Learning Support Staff who specialise in improving weak readers.
  • Learning Mentors who deliver Sound Training across year groups to provide individual pupils with the strategies they need to achieve higher results and maximise potential The scheme is very intensive and repetitive using multi-sensory teaching methods.
  • Learning Support Staff who have expertise in dealing with pupils on the Autistic Spectrum and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Organisation

  • SENCO visits primary schools with Transition Lead to aid transition process.
  • Literacy skills of all Year 7 are assessed at the start of the year
  • Pupils with additional needs have individual one page profiles and are set targets by subject teachers.
  • All Year 7 pupils are assessed using national standardised tests. ( Cognitive Ability Tests)
  • Subject teachers differentiate work according to the specific needs of each pupil.
  • SEND liaison with subject staff ensures teaching materials suit pupils’ needs.
  • Pupils follow the full range of the National Curriculum and a variety of GCSE subjects as well as alternative provision.
  • Pupils with Education Health Care Plans, a Statement for SEND or have SEN provision are integrated into main stream classes for most subjects, with a high level of in-class support from experienced Learning Support Assistants
  • Pupils will have an annual review to assess their progress.
  • Pupils with a Education Health Care Plan or Statement of Educational Needs may have termly reviews when required.
  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs have identified Keyworkers, have weekly 1-1s and participate in small academic and nurture groups.
  • Links with outside agencies ensure specialist advice is available when necessary.
  • Support is offered at lunchtime to aid academic, social and emotional development.
  • Click here to view our SEND policy.

Disability Equality Scheme & Accessibility Plan

Information

 

Assistant Head SEND Co-ordinator

Sharon Peatfield

Tel. No: 921 1058

Email: Sharon.Peatfield@moorsidehigh.com

 15 Learning Support Assistants