Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School

SEND
SEND

Welcome to the Curriculum Support Department


All children have the ability to learn and should be equally valued whether or not they have SEND. Inclusion is most likely to be achieved when their diversity is recognised and regarded positively. All staff are responsible for inclusion.


Children are entitled to receive a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. We recognise that appropriate advice, support and resources are required to achieve this for some pupils in the mainstream curriculum.


All children and their parents/carers are entitled to be treated with respect and have their views taken into account. 


Curriculum Support at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School  


The aim of Curriculum Support at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is to consider the structure, teaching approaches, pupil grouping and use of support so that they respond to the needs of all pupils.  Special educational provision at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is underpinned by high quality first teaching in the classroom.


High quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised will meet the individual needs of the majority of children and young people. As part of this personalised teaching there is a value placed on strong relationships with students – teachers are expected to build respectful and nurturing relationships to develop our pupils.


Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School is dedicated to providing exceptional learning experiences for all students where there are no limits to achievements.  We provide inspirational teaching and support to all pupils to become superb learners and good citizens.  This is done within a harmonious, diverse and safe environment where all members of the school community are valued and respected. 

My child has difficulties with Communication and Interaction.


This can include:
Understanding language.
Using language.
Understanding how to communicate socially with other people.
Conditions include: Specific Language Disorder, ASD/ASC (Autism), Asperger Syndrome, speech sound disorders/delay.
Stammering – advice given to families about how to access support from outside agencies.


What can Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School offer?


All students at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School can access


● Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEND practice).
● Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
● Access to homework support clubs.
● Additional Reading Programme
● KS2 to KS3 transition support via year manager and tutor programme.
● Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.


Support for targeted groups of students may include


● Assessment and identification of language need and feedback to parents/carers and staff.
● Small group sessions with Teaching Assistant/Speech and Language Therapist.
● SaLT feedback to student, parents/carers and staff.
● In-class Teaching Assistant support in some lessons.
● Year 7 Transition support


Targeted individual support may include


● As for all Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School students plus…..
● 1:1 session with a Speech and Language Therapist.
● 1:1 sessions with other specialist staff in the school linked to needs on EHCP where applicable.
● Individual Teaching Assistant support in some mainstream lessons.
● On-going monitoring and regular feedback to parents/carers and students (and including the Annual Review).
● Exam access arrangements.
● Post 16 transition support


My child has difficulties with learning and literacy.


This can include:
● Reading and spelling
● Learning new information and concepts
● Working with numbers
● Working memory
● Concentration
● Students may have conditions such as Specific Learning Difficulties, dyslexia, general learning difficulties, AD(H)D, Fragile X, Down Syndrome..
● Students may present with difficulties that do not have a specific title


What does Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School offer?


All students at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School can access


● Quality First teaching with appropriate differentiation (including best SEN practice).
● Visual aids to support key vocabulary, concepts and themes.
● Access to homework support clubs.
● Access to assessment for identification of significant needs.
● Dedicated and caring staff who value all students regardless of ability. Support for targeted groups of students may include
● Blocks of 1:1 small group lessons that focus on a range of needs such as literacy, comprehension and spelling in the Curriculum Support room.
● Year 7 nurture group provision.
● Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Educational Psychologist).
● Teaching Assistant support in some lessons.
● Targeted break and lunch time clubs for vulnerable students.


Targeted individual support may include


● On-going tailor made 1:1 tuition in the Curriculum Support room, led by a specialist teaching assistant or higher level teaching assistant.
● Where needed, help from an external agency (e.g. Educational Psychologist).
● Regular testing for students with literacy difficulties to review and plan.
● Subject-specialist teaching assistants in key subjects to provide on-going support.
● External agency advice where needed.
● Exam Access Arrangements.
● Post 16 Transition support.



How does your school know if my child needs extra help?


● If your child is transferring to Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School and already has a special educational need, your primary school will inform the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. These children form the majority of SEND students at the school.
● There is planning between the schools and with parents/carers in Year 6 to support the student’s move from primary to secondary school.
● On entry to the school, all students are screened on key cognitive skills, language skills and certain core academic skills. This system can pick up potential needs at the earliest stage.
● Some children do well at primary school but find the transition to secondary education more difficult. The teachers are highly alert so that such areas of need are spotted early and referred to the Pastoral Team so that support can be co-ordinated promptly.
● The school listens to parents/carers. Sometimes, the first signs of needs are identified through conversation at home so parents/carers are always welcome to contact the school to talk about concerns.
● There is a Y7 Inclusion Welcome Meeting in September to help with the transition.
What should I do if I think my child may have a special educational need or
disability? Who can I contact for further information?
● If you are concerned about your child’s abilities, the school will listen to your concerns, discuss them with you and agree on a plan that requires monitoring or may require assessment by specialist staff or external agencies.
● You can contact the school by phone, letter or e-mail (please see contact details on the home page of the school website).
● It will be OK to contact the school through a family friend or professional translator if you feel more comfortable using a language other than English
● If your child is still at primary school, talk to your child’s teacher there who can help you look at any issues and make links with Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School to help prepare for the next year.


What is an EHCP?


An EHCP is a legal document that identifies a child’s SEND needs and focusses on the support required to meet agreed outcomes. The key difference between a statement of SEND and EHCPs is that, as well as the educational elements covered in statements, EHCPs also outline the child’s health and social care needs, outcomes and support.


How will I know if your school is supporting my child? How will I know how my child is doing? How is student progress monitored?


All students:
● The school will send correspondence (for example a letter or e-mail) to let you know if we are proposing to offer your child support that is additional to or different from what is already in place for all mainstream students.
● Parent/carer consultation evenings are both opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and needs and to find out about support options.
● Parents/carers are always welcome to contact their child’s form tutor at any time to discuss particular concerns as they arise.
Students with EHCPs:
● Your child will have identified needs and an education plan in place from the time they start at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School. Their support lessons will show on their timetables and parents/carers receive termly news on outcomes of this extra intervention.
● Students will have an Annual Review of their progress and needs. This is a specially arranged face to face meeting between parents/carers and staff. During this meeting, students, parents/carers and staff have the chance to express their views about the progress being made and the provision they are receiving at school.


How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs? How are the school’s resources allocated to these needs?


● All staff are trained, (through a yearly programme of Continuing Professional Development sessions), in adapting lesson plans to increase the use of elements known to support students who need extra help. For some students with less complex needs, this is all that is required to help them make progress.
● Teachers also have access to the profiles of students known to have specific needs and they can collaborate with the specialist staff to build adaptations to activities especially for those individual students.
● Many lessons benefit from having a Teaching Assistant in the class who can spot difficulties and help to give instant support.
● You will have opportunities to discuss exam choices in Year 8 with the aim of selecting subjects based on your child’s strengths and interests.


Will my child be able to access the school environment?


Please see the Accessibility Policy on he school website


How is progress monitored by the school?


● All staff are trained, (through a yearly programme of Continuing Professional Development sessions), in adapting lesson plans to increase the use of elements known to support students who need extra help. For some students with less complex needs, this is all that is required to help them make progress.
● Teachers also have access to the profiles of students known to have specific needs and they can collaborate with the specialist staff to build adaptations to activities especially for those individual students.
● Many lessons benefit from having a Teaching Assistant in the class who can spot difficulties and help to give instant support.
● You will have opportunities to discuss exam choices in Year 9 with the aim of selecting subjects based on your child’s strengths and interests.
● If your child is specifically funded through their EHCP, meetings with the relevant Head of Centre will include discussion and agreement about how that funding is used and monitored.


What specialist services and expertise are available at the school?


● All Teaching Assistants receive regular Continuing Professional Development training and coaching for specific SEND areas.
● The school brings in additional expertise from outside agencies, including:
● Educational Psychology
● Occupational Therapy
● Speech and Language Therapy - one day a fortnight on-site.
● Counselling services from Catholic Care
● Cluster support
● Independent Careers advice


How will you help me in supporting my child’s learning at home?


● The school provides parents/carers with advice on how to support your child’s homework. Parents/carers are always welcome to contact their child’s Form Tutor for more specific advice at any time.
● Parents/carers will be invited to attend other specific events during the year e.g. Options Evening which give further support to parents/carers and students.
● Parents/carers are always welcome to contact their child’s support team for ongoing advice.


What support will there be for my child’s well-being?


● It is vital that all students in our school feel valued, cared for, confident and supported.
● Staff providing additional support to students with special educational needs automatically include:
● Ensuring that the student knows who they can talk to if they have any worries.
● Lessons about making and keeping friends within form time.
● Screening for well-being in Year 7 and through Pastoral meetings.
● Students who have social, emotional and mental health issues or develop them later on are offered additional measures to help them cope - read more on the Social, Emotional & Mental health page.


How will the school help prepare my child for transfer to post-16 education or to another school?


● All students will have at least one meeting with a member of staff from the Careers advisory service. During this meeting, students will have the chance to talk about different Post 16 options.
● Staff consider work related learning opportunities within the curriculum.
● Students attend trips or extra-curricular activities which help them prepare for the world of work.
● Students may take part in programmes of work which help prepare them for life post-16 e.g. Life Skills.
● Students will receive support with completing college applications.
● School staff will liaise with work experience placements to ensure that their staff are aware of student needs.