Moorside High School

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Learning Support

Learning Support Contact

Assistant Head Teacher/ SENDCO & Head of the Enhanced Resource
Mrs Sharon Rowland
Tel No: 0161 021 1045
Email: sharon.rowland@moorsidehigh.com 

To view the full list of Learning Support Staff click here.

The Learning Support Team

Will endeavor 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, life skills and social development that 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 Special Educational Needs. The accommodation is available during lesson time and during unstructured times such as lunch and break time to offer pupils additional academic, social and emotional development support.
  • A separate enhanced resource – The Link for pupils with an Education Health Care Plan(EHCP) who present with a primary need of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH)
  • Learning Support Staff who support individual pupils, groups of pupils in lesson and in out of lesson to enhance learning.
  • Learning Support Staff who specialise in implementing strategies for Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Dysgraphia.
  • Learning Support Staff who have expertise supporting pupils with a primary need of Social, Emotional and Mental Health including the Autistic Spectrum and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
  • Learning Support Staff who specialise in working with pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • A wide range of assessment materials both online and traditional testing methods.
  • A varied selection of literacy and numeracy resources.
  • Learning Support Staff who support the Accelerated Reader programme across year groups to provide individual pupils with the strategies they need to achieve higher results and maximise potential. The Accelerated Reader software helps teachers manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice whilst making reading a much more enjoyable experience as pupils can choose books that are interesting to them.
  • 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.

Organisation

  • SENDCO visits primary schools with Transition Lead to aid transition process and to ensure all information is shared to ensure a successful transition.
  • Literacy skills of all Year 7 pupils are assessed at the start of the year. Assessment takes place via Reading and Spelling tests and the Accelerated Reader scheme.
  • Years 8-10 are re-tested for reading and spelling at the start of each academic year.
  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) 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-CATs).
  • Pupils with learning difficulties are assessed by an external Level 7 assessor for access arrangements in external examinations. This follows guidance made by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).
  • 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 academic curriculum and a variety of GCSE subjects as well as alternative provision.
  • Pupils with Education Health Care Plans or have SEND support provision are integrated into main stream classes for most subjects, with a high level of in-class support from experienced Learning Support Assistants
  • Pupils with Education Health Care Plans will have an annual review to assess their progress. More frequent reviews also take place when required.
  • The SEND faculty has an ‘open door’ policy and staff meet with parents regularly to update on pupils progress and successes.
  • Pupils with Special Educational Needs have identified Keyworkers, have weekly 1-1s and participate in small academic and nurture groups.
  • Referrals to specialist providers such as Educational Psychologists, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs), Speech and Language Therapy (SaLT) and the Integrated Youth Service (IYSS) are made when required to support pupil needs.
  • Links with outside agencies ensure specialist advice is available when necessary.