A range of help and support is available for students who may experience difficulties in particular areas of learning. The Learning Support team may arrange, in line with local authority recommendations, extra provision for certain students.
The Learning Support team and Pastoral staff co-operate closely in attending to the needs of those with emotional or behavioural problems. Students who have continual emotional, behavioural or attendance problems are supported through our Inclusion team. A team of experienced staff work alongside students and families offering, individual, small group or classroom support. The help of agencies from outside the school may be called on in some cases, though the school has its own medical centre and counselling services, which are accessible to everyone. We have found partnership with parents to be a vital ingredient in our attempts both to identify and to provide for special needs.
Linda Fairbairn – SENDCo
Mike Bath – SEND teacher
Favil Virr – Learning Mentor
You can view a full list of our Learning Support Team here: Learning Support Team
If you have any queries or concerns please call our SENDCo team on: 01273 558551
|*||Any students joining Cardinal Newman Catholic School or 6th Form during any year are tested for reading and spelling (and eligibility for Access arrangements, if appropriate – see year 9 for more information) as soon as possible on entry to the school/college.|
|Year 6||Our Learning Support Department liaises with the SENCOs in our primary feeder schools, to ensure that all important information about your child’s learning needs are shared with year 7 form tutors and subject teachers. We visit primary schools during the Summer Term, to start to get to know students in their existing learning environment and students visit Cardinal Newman for a taster day. Further visits can be arranged for those students and parents/carers who require additional support with their transition.|
|Year 7||Shortly after joining Cardinal Newman, all year 7 students complete a range of tests, which gives us a standardised score, showing each students’ performance compared to others (nationally) of the same chronological age. This, together with CAT (Cognitive Ability Tests) results, allows us to identify any students who are working below what is expected for their age. These students attend one or more of a number of targeted interventions, aimed specifically at boosting their ability to read, spell and communicate confidently and accurately. Students who qualify for a specific intervention are allocated a Key Worker. Their names are added to the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Record (SEND Record) and a Progress Plan (PP) is issued.|
|Year 8||As they progress to year 8, students who attended support groups in year 7 will be re-tested in reading and spelling. Many will now attain scores in line with their chronological age and will no longer require a focused intervention. On-going support and monitoring is then delivered by subject teachers and/or by allocating a teaching assistant to support a number of students within normal, subject specific lessons. Where a focused intervention is still required, this will be reviewed regularly throughout year 8.|
|Year 9||This is a pivotal year, in terms of guiding students to choose their KS4 subjects. Students who are on the SEND Record and/or who gained CATS scores in the lower than average category for their age, are screened for eligibility for Access Arrangements. This is a formal process that, if students qualify, allows provision such as extra time in exams/assessments and/or a scribe and/or a reader or prompt, according to individual need.|
|Year 10 and 11||As students begin their KS4 studies, the Support option is available for students who struggle with English and Maths. The Support Option is invaluable in helping them to cope with the rigours of the new GCSE specifications. If you feel that your child would benefit from the Support Option please speak to Mrs Fairbairn or Mrs Holland.|
|Year 12 and 13||In years 12 and 13, many students who received support may no longer require our assistance. Some, however, need support to meet the challenges of KS5 study. We liaise closely with students/parents/carers and form tutors to ensure that appropriate support is available when required. Sometimes this takes place outside of lessons. Access Arrangements awarded at GCSE often remain in place for KS5. Students are re-assessed, to confirm their on-going eligibility.|
|Moving On||We offer guidance to support our young people when moving on from year 11, 12 or 13 to further education, training and/or employment. If students choose to progress to Higher Education, career guidance and advice on progression is provided in various ways; via form tutors, subject teachers, careers advisors and liaison with colleges and universities.|
We liaise regularly with a number of outside agencies, including advisors based at Brighton and Hove City Council, to support students who require specialist SEND services. This includes working with Educational Psychologists, Speech Therapists, advisory teachers in specialist fields such as language, literacy, autism, hearing, visual and physical impairment.
SEND support outside of school can be accessed directly by students/parents/carers in various ways. The following list contains details of some of the many local and national services available to students with SEND and their families.
The Local Offer (a more detailed summary of SEND provision at Cardinal Newman) (http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/brighton-hoves-local-offer/cardinal-newman-catholic-school)
Amaze gives information, advice and support to parents of disabled children and children with special needs in Brighton and Hove. They have created a number of fact sheets which can be downloaded here: www.amazebrighton.org.uk/resou
helpline: 01273 772289
The leading UK charity for people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) and their families.
BRIGHTON & HOVE CITY COUNCIL
Information and advice on all aspects of SEND provision, including help and advice on the EHCP statutory assessment process.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 01273 293552
Address: King’s House, Grand Avenue, Hove. BN3 2LS
THE COMMUNICATION TRUST
is a coalition of over 50 not-for-profit organisations.
These organisations work together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England, to support their speech, language and communication.
BRISTISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION
The BDA promotes early identification of specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and support in schools to ensure opportunity to learn for dyslexic learners.
Extratime promotes the provision of high-quality, affordable activities for disabled and non-disabled children and young people aged 5-19 years.
Manor Offices, Emmaus, Drove Road, Portslade, BN41 2PA
Phone: 01273 420580.
Learning Support run a daily break club (during first and second breaks). This is a great opportunity to make new friends, chat and play board games. All year groups welcome (by invitation).
There is also a twice weekly LS1 homework club – 3pm to 4pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Invitation to both clubs is by invitation only. Please let us know if you would like us to invite your young person by contacting our administrators, Mrs Swann (Monday-Wednesday) (email@example.com) or Mrs Elbourne (Thursday-Friday) (firstname.lastname@example.org)