John Spence Community High School SEN Information Report for Students with Special Educational Needs and / or Disabilities
John Spence Community High School is a fully inclusive school which ensures that all students achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally, physically and educationally.
Our SEN Information Report lets you understand how we support students with special educational needs and disabilities and can be accessed here: SEN Information Report 2018-19 and below:
John Spence Community High School is committed to meeting the needs of all students, including those with SEND, reasonable adjustments are made to meet the needs of all students including those identified in the SEND code of practice (2014):
Below are some of the ways that we support students with specific needs and make up the school’s contribution towards the Local Authorities Local Offer.
Support Available within school:
Communication and Interaction Needs:
Cognition and Learning Needs:
Moderate Learning Difficulties
- Student Support Centre sessions
Social, Emotional and Mental Health
- Positive behaviour management systems.
Sensory and Physical needs
- Sessions in the Student Support Centre
We consult with students and their families on our SEND provision by:
Supporting students with Special Educational Needs/Disabilities and their families
Children are identified as having special educational needs when their progress has slowed or stopped for a noteworthy period and the interventions put in place have not resulted in improvements.
We will let families know about any concerns about a student’s learning. In the first instance this will be in the form of a telephone call or email, which would be to invite parents/ carers in for a meeting to discuss the progress of a student and agree steps that could be taken to support the student if there were concerns about lack of progress.
When a student is identified as having special educational needs, we support their development and progress by ensuring that an appropriate personalised curriculum, flexible and tailored to meet their needs, is in place. In addition, by:
Inclusion is central to all that we do at John Spence Community High School. Where possible, students with additional needs are educated in mainstream classes alongside their peers, with the support of high quality teaching, all students have the opportunity to achieve and succeed.
The other people /agencies and teams providing services to children with a special educational need / disability in school include:
We will work in partnership with other education providers to ensure that students make a successful transition to the next stage of their learning, through careful and coordinated planning of the transition. We provide the following support to students when they are leaving the school:
Support staff are placed where they are needed throughout the school to ensure student progress, independence and value for money. This support may include:
Adjusting the curriculum for students with SEND:
John Spence Community High School is committed to making reasonable adjustments to the curriculum and/or the school environment to meet the needs of all students, including those with additional needs. The School will use the notional budget to purchase additional resources, human or physical, required to support students with additional needs to make progress.
All staff have completed, and will continue to receive, ongoing training in special educational needs and disabilities. Our Inclusion Team are recognised for their commitment, dedication and excellence, and have a high level of expertise in working alongside students with special educational needs and disabilities. In addition to the continuous professional development training undertaken by the team, members of the team hold further qualifications in: Inclusion and Differentiation; Dyslexia; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; and ADHD.
Our fully qualified / trained Special Educational Needs Coordinator provides advice and guidance to staff, including meeting with Curriculum Leaders to share information, inviting external providers into school to provide training to staff and also meeting with staff who teach students on the SEN Register.
Monitoring and evaluation of SEND:
The school is self-reflective and carefully monitors and evaluates the quality of provision for students with additional needs. This is done in a number of ways:
The school works in partnership with families to help them support their children’s learning outside of school.
Families are also sign posted to services/ organisations which may offer support/ advice where appropriate:
“I am really happy with the level of care and support that my child receives at John Spence”.
“I know that staff are there when I need them to ask questions or to get help!”
“We like that we are kept at the centre of everything that they do. We can ask for extra help when we need it.”
“My child gets lots of support and likes to use the Student Support Centre”.
“The support we have received from school has been invaluable; the staff make it the wonderful place it is!”
“I like extra help in my lessons and my key worker is always there when I need them” Y10 Girl.
“I like working on the computers in the mornings; I’m getting better at maths.” Y9 Boy.
“There is always someone to talk to if I need them” Y8 Girl
Behaviour and anti-bullying policies are regularly reviewed with a focus on how they affect students with special educational needs or disabilities.
Other useful documents such as our Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Policy are also available on the school website.
The school’s self-evaluation process will look at teaching and learning for students with special educational needs and disabilities.
All school-related activities are evaluated in terms of their benefit to the learning and inclusion of students with special educational needs and disabilities.
If you would like further information about what we offer here at John Spence Community High School then please contact the Special Educational Needs Coordinator on: (0191) 2961432 or email Andrew.Purvis@ntlp.org.uk
If you have any concerns about your child’s special educational needs or disability, their progress or the support you receive, we would ask that you to come into school and discuss matters further with your child’s class teacher and/ or the Special Educational Needs Coordinator.
Although school complaints procedures are in place and can be accessed through our website, we would always hope to resolve any issues or concerns informally by working in partnership with parents.
Parents can contact North Tyneside Parent Partnership Service for impartial information, advice and support in relation to their child’s special educational need and/ or disability on tel. 0345 2000109.
Also the Special Educational Needs and Disability Information Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) are also available on 0191 643 8313 or SENDIASS@NorthTyneside.gov.uk
Local Authority Local Offer- See Link below: