Inclusion & SEND
Support for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn”
Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas
The staff of the SEND Department at Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy work with students, parents and colleagues across the school to ensure that all young people at the Academy have the best learning environment to allow them to learn and develop to their fullest potential. The staff have extensive experience of working with students with a wide variety of additional needs such as:
- Literacy e.g. dyslexia
- Numeracy e.g. dyscalculia
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- A.D.H.D (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
- Hearing or visual impairments
- Communication and language difficulties
- SEMH (social, emotional, mental health)
- Sensory needs
We have expertise within the department to ensure all students who may face barriers to learning are supported. There is a very wide range of support available, and we aim to offer support that is student-centered and flexible to meet individual needs. We always aim to work closely with the student, parents and external agencies to ensure that the needs of the individual are met. It may include any of the following:
- In-class support
- One to one reading
- Access to specialist computer programmes to boost literacy (IDL)
- Emotional Literacy support (ELSA and Head Salad)
- Lunchtime clubs
- Inclusion zone support
- Careers support
- Anger Management
- Access arrangements for exams
- Support packages for transition from Primary School
- Support with transition into Post 16 education
- 1x1 withdrawal teaching/support sessions
- After school Extended Learning support
We work with the following bodies to ensure the best possible provision for our students with SEN:
- School health
- Visual impairment services
- Hearing impairment services & Occupational therapy
- Speech and language team
- Educational Psychologist
- Nighstop—counselling services
- Young carers
SEND Support Plans
All students on the SEND register have a designated member of the SEND team who will create and monitor their SEND support plans. To ensure support is student-centered, staff work closely with the parent/carers, teachers and student to create a robust support plan. Support plans can be accessed through the following website with your unique code:
Inclusion Zone (I-Zone)
The i-zone (inclusion zone) is an extension of the classroom. It is an area within the Academy where identified students can take advantage of extra support and that support is tailored to their needs. Communication links between subjects’ staff, form tutors, parents and child are used to ensure that this provision addresses the student's needs. Carefully monitoring of this provision takes place to ensure that the support develops in line with the student's progress.
Children who have been absent for different reasons such as long-term sickness, family bereavement, school refusing may have the opportunity to spend time in the i-zone before reintegrating into mainstream classrooms.
All new starters to the Academy, during term time are initially observed and tested to ensure that all learning issues can be addressed.
After consultation with the SEND team the i-zone offers 1:1 support to students who are having specific difficulties and need that little extra guidance away from the classroom.
Emotional literacy is offered to students on a 1:1 basis as well as in small group sessions, this can be through wellbeing sessions, Head Salad or the ELSA program.
The I-zone is open after school should SEND students require extended Learning support or access to a computer.
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is mindful of and compliant with Halton’s SEND Local Offer.
The Intervention room is another designated space in which we can offer tailored support to our students. The intervention room is located near the canteen which gives easy access for our year group specific lunch clubs which run each day.
The intervention room holds one-to-one and small group interventions to support with academic progress.
The room is also utilized for our Head salad program, a small group intervention designed to support with the wellbeing and resilience of our students.
Halton Local offer (https://localoffer.haltonchildrenstrust.co.uk/)
Halton SEND partnership (https://sendiasshalton.co.uk/)
Council for disabled children (https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/)
Special needs jungle (https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/)