Learning Support Department : SEN & Disability Inclusive Provision
At Arrow Vale RSA Academy we are passionate about an inclusive education for all. The highly qualified and committed Learning Support team strives to identify and provide the best and most appropriate curriculum and emotional support to meet the individual needs of every student.
Teaching staff are highly qualified in meeting the needs of individual students within differentiated lessons and are supported by a committed and experienced team of an Inclusion Lead & SENCo, HLTAs and Achievement Assistants. Additionally, the Learning Support department offers a range of support via their “Key Worker role with some SEN students, supporting achievement, social and emotional needs. Some additional intervention is provided for students who have English as an additional language.
There is also provision to aid students with more structured support, providing extensive opportunities for our students to learn and work beyond the classroom with our Discover Plus programme in year 9. There is daily breakfast (in the Hub), break and lunchtime clubs (Youth Centre and Library) which provide a safe environment and opportunities to further develop students’ skills for life. The Library is also available after school daily for a homework support club 3pm to 4pm (3.30pm on a Friday). The Library has a dedicated range of ‘Dyslexia Friendly’ books which are engaging texts which are presented in a way that benefits those with dyslexia, EAL students and those that find reading difficult.
Progress – An Alternative Accredited Qualification
Students who are identified for additional literacy and numeracy support, are guided towards a Progress Option at the start of Year 10. The pathway offers students opportunities to gain confidence in the area of English and Mathematics through pre-teaching in small groups. The aim of these sessions is to promote a love of learning, to enhance confidence and self-esteem and learn important cross-curricular skills that are required within regular mainstream lessons. The option will enable the students to be entered for accredited qualifications: Functional Skills English – level 1 and 2; Entry Level Maths and Entry Level Science
The HUB – A Teaching & Learning Focus
Arrow Vale is committed to ensuring high quality education and support for all. Students are referred for personalised timetable reasons, medical reasons and extra study support lessons, where students will have time and resources to work on coursework from other areas, with the assistance of qualified members of staff. The aim of these classes is to assist organisation, time-management, reduce stress and ensure that students complete all curriculum content necessary despite any difficulties.
Everyone at some point needs additional support and guidance, particularly during teenage years. We also have an Emotional Well-Being and Intervention / Mental Health Co-ordinator who delivers 6-week programmes to groups of students when a need has been identified. Referrals to show support already in place for that student is required, alongside permission from home. Some of the programmes we offer include:
- Monday and Wednesday Lunchtime drop-ins
- Anger management / Behaviour Refocus
- Social skills
- Raising self-esteem and confidence
- Staying safe
- Exam Stress
The Learning Support department works collaboratively with safeguarding, attendance and the pastoral support team, alongside a range of outside agencies / external professionals to assess, identify and support students with additional needs. These include:
- SEND Supported: ASD, Cognition & Learning / Educational Psychologist & Behaviour Support
- Warwickshire Children’s First – Local Authority
- Medical Education Team
- Chadsgrove Outreach Support School (Physical Disabilities) / Occupational Therapy Team
- CAMHS, CAMHS Cast and CAMHS Spa / Peartree Centre; Stratford CAMHs
- Umbrella Pathway (ASD & ADHD)
- Touchstones – Bereavement Support
- Swanswell – Substance Misuse
- Speech and Language Therapy Team
- Hearing and Visual Impairment Team
- Social Care Support – Family Front Door / Targeted Family Support Service
- North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
With a growing number of students arriving at Arrow Vale, from a diverse number of birth cultures, there is a growing need to provide further language support. An EAL Achievement Assistant will support students who arrive at school with English as an additional language. Students where possible, will have the opportunity to study for a GCSE in their native tongue, for example: Polish, Spanish or Russian.
The support and intervention will also assist students further in all academic areas, which will enable them to become more confident and sociable individuals within society.
The Learning Support Department, Hub and Library
The Learning Support Department, the Hub and the Library offer a nurturing and caring environment for learning. Students of all ages with various needs and barriers to their learning will always consider the needs and personal circumstance of others. They learn to become more tolerant of others’ experiences and become a supportive family within the school environment.
- Claire Round – Inclusion Lead & SENCo
- Cat Jarvis – SEND Lead Teacher
- Sam Lune – HLTA: SEND / EHCPs / Progress English
- Hannah Alabaster – HLTA: Library / Speech & Language
- Hayley Gasper – Head of Year (Inclusion): The HUB
- Gareth Ravenhill / Naomi Beckford: The Hub
- Sallianne Curtiss – Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health Intervention Co-ordinator
- Achievement Assistants