Leadership and Management
The SENCo is a very proactive leader. Weekly SENCo briefings with LSAs have ensured the department's vision is being developed and shared. There has been a focus on training for LSAs with sessions on Dyspraxia, Sensory Preferences, Social Stories, Dyslexia, Exam Training, strategies to support students with ASD; strategies to support students with Speech and Language needs. Training sessions by the SENCo and SEN Assistant have been delivered to new staff, midday supervisors, PGCE students within the school and across the borough.
The SENCo meets with the Key Stage 3 team, PLUS (Personalised Learning Unit), leadership team members with responsibilities for literacy, interventions and KS3 every fortnight to discuss key students within the year groups and the interventions put in place. A rolling record is kept of the strategies put in place.
At the start of the year, teachers of the support classes were briefed on needs of the students; they also looked at examples of work completed the previous year to show what students with learning needs can be supported to do. A film was made of students with learning needs explaining how they liked to learn and best practice examples from key subjects were shown with examples of work completed.
A provision map for SEN has been further developed; CPOMS has been very valuable as a way to streamline and see information at a glance ensuring that an up to date picture of student needs is readily available. New templates for compiling information for New EHCP Admissions and Annual Reviews have been also developed, leading to targeted support.
What parents/carers say
Parents continue to be very impressed with the provision we provide for our SEN students. Parents have also praised the communication, the support and have been delighted with the progress made and the confidence shown by their child. Quotes from 16/17 include:
“My son has been very happy in his first year in Cheam High School; he has settled in fantastically and really grown in confidence” Year 7 parent/carer
“I am really happy with all the support my daughter has received. She has been supported so well throughout her time at Cheam High School. The communication has been really good; she has made fantastic progress” Year 11 parents/carer
The curriculum responds to the needs of the students. Fresh Start and the Communications course for catch-up students continues. Speech and Language targets from the borough are very specific and students who are recommended by the school are assessed to support appropriate intervention being put in place.
A programme is in place for Yr 10 and 11 students who have small group or 1-1 literacy focussing on Accelerated Reader, spelling and writing connected to subjects. Interventions in place after school include homework club, a social skills club and subject specific support in numeracy, handwriting and memory techniques as well as nurture groups at break times for students. We have introduced Rapid Lucid, a quick screening programme for dyslexia. Results are available immediately and give the probability of dyslexia and guidance on strategies to use which have been shared with staff, parents/carers and the student concerned.
Accelerated Reader interventions have been developed for those whose reading ages are plateauing. Students have small group or 1-1 intervention with an LSA at tutor time in addition to their normal access. Accelerated Reader has also been utilised by those students who are not in QA/KA but have scored below 100 in KS2 tests. We have also purchased Widgit (a resource that uses pictures for words) for teachers of those with learning needs -.
The Year 7 support classes showed examples of exemplary practice in a number of subject areas during Learning Walks. High expectations, questions and activities pitched to challenge and/or scaffold (breakdown activities into smaller chunks) led to outstanding outcomes for students over a period of time. LSAs were used effectively to support students' learning. Autumn lesson observations demonstrated outstanding progress and learning from SEN students. The Behaviour and Emotional Support Team and the Personalised Learning Unit (PLUS) continue to support students and staff in modifying student behaviour to allow more successful outcomes. More information on PLUS can be found here.
Outcomes in Summer 2016
There were 11 students with EHC plans in Year 11 who achieved very well from their starting points; these included three students without KS2 outcomes. Overall outcomes showed progress across the best entry was in line with all students from the same starting points, with particularly strong outcomes in mathematics. A number of students were entered for Entry level qualifications as well as English and Mathematics GCSEs. These outcomes were successful; the three students with Down Syndrome also gained 2 F grades and 1 G grade in Literature and one gained an E grade in Maths.
Students on School Support included those where students were showing disaffection from their studies and where there were extensive programmes in place to support attendance and behaviour. Students outcomes in English and Mathematics were broadly in line, but fewer examination entries for a small cohort within this group of 49 students meant that Progress 8 scores were low. The register this year has been revised to reflect students’ learning, physical and communication needs as the main criteria in line with national guidance.
There were four EHCP students in Year 13 studying level 3 courses (15/16). Three of them have gone on to study degree courses: The Art of Video Games; Creative Writing and English Literature; Law with Business. One student is studying Animal Management at Nescot. Students from the PEP group have gone onto college and other provisions in line with their support plans.
From Year 11, 4 EHCP students have joined the Cheam PEP group, 4 joined the mainstream sixth form to study level 3 courses (one has since left) and 3 left for college places.
Current students’ progress in 16/17:
Internal measures indicate that students at KS3 are making good progress against expectations set, both for Year 7 and Year 8 as well as those with EHC plans and those on SEN support.
At KS4, outcomes for students are very positive in Years 9 and in line with other students from the same starting points in Year 10. There are high hopes for the Year 11 cohort in their summer 2017 examinations.
At KS5, outcomes are very positive, with expected A level outcomes above expectations.
Further information on SEN, including the SEN Offer and Policy can be found here.