Curriculum Support

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Curriculum Support – Home

The Curriculum Support department works closely with Student Support and the Enhanced Resource for Autism to help all students to achieve to the best of their ability. Our team consists of two teachers and twelve Teaching Assistants, who support students in lessons, act as key workers and give assistance with homework, in B7 and The Base (Enhanced Resource for Autism). They also lead intervention programmes working on reading, handwriting and mind-mapping.

Curriculum Support is based in B6 and B7. The Curriculum Support classroom, B7, is equipped with seven computers with access to spelling (WordShark, Nessy) and mind-mapping (Kidspiration, Inspiration) software. It is open at breaks and lunchtimes, staffed by Teaching Assistants who are available to help with homework and support students with organisation: any students experiencing difficulty with their learning are encouraged to attend. In addition a Games Club is held in A8 every lunchtime, where students can socialise in a quiet, supported environment.

Staff

Staff

Core Staff

  • Mr D Bodey – SENCO, Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs A Fenech Assistant – SENCO/Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs J Maris – Teacher in charge of Enhanced Resource for Autism
  • Mr M Harney – HLTA, English
  • Mrs P Weller – HLTA, Mathematics
  • Mr S Lynn – HLTA, Science
  • Mrs J Brown – HLTA, Enhanced Resource for Autism

Teaching Assistants

  • Miss C Bell
  • Mrs M Bortone
  • Mr J Brown
  • Miss S Butler
  • Ms L Gardner
  • Mrs P Hall
  • Mrs A Hobman
  • Mrs J Jevons
  • Mrs L Justice
  • Mr E Kisby
  • Ms K Miller
  • Miss B Milnes
  • Mrs C Nichols
  • Ms J Penn
  • Mrs H Tabert
  • Mrs N Thompson
  • Mr M Tuvey- Smith
  • Mrs L Wiblin

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we provide Literacy intervention for students identified as having additional needs in this area. All students are screened for reading and spelling difficulties on entry to Year 7.

In Year 7, students are offered a range of interventions, including paired reading, Word Shark and the Toe by Toe reading programme. In recent years, around 50 students per year have received one or more elements of intervention. Students with additional needs are withdrawn from one English lesson per week to work in a small group with a teacher, focusing on spelling and writing.

In Year 8 and Year 9 a small number of students receive additional English lessons instead of French. These students are identified by the English, Curriculum Support and Languages departments.

In Year 8 they follow a scheme designed to develop basic literacy skills, which also addresses study skills and personal organisation for learning. In the summer term they write a book for younger children which they read to classes in KS1at St Oswald’s Primary School.

In Year 9 they work on reading, spelling and comprehension skills and also reinforce elements of the English curriculum by working on the ASDAN English Language Award, which includes modules covering:  Communication, Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing Styles, Writing for a Purpose and Reading for a Purpose.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 we support students with SEN in their GCSE options and we run BTEC WorkSkills Level 1 as an option choice. Students with additional needs are assessed for exam access arrangements.

The Enhanced Resource Centre opened in 2004 and supports ten students with a diagnosis of ASC in the mainstream school. Our centre is called the Base and the nature of our support depends upon the individual needs of each student. Inclusion is a priority and our students spend most of their time in mainstream lessons with their peers. To enable this to happen we liaise with Subject Teachers, Form Tutors, Directors of Learning, the Senior Leadership Team and Student Support.

We provide additional help and support with communication, social interaction and organisational skills. Personal Development lessons are planned to meet the individual needs of each student in the context of a busy secondary school environment.

We plan and design small step transition programmes for students moving from Year 6 to Year 7, from KS3 to KS4 and then finally from Year 11 to post-16 provision.  We work closely with families and many other agencies (EPS, Lime Trees, SALT, Occupational Therapists, Social Services etc.) to provide a holistic approach giving each student the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

B7 is open at breaks and lunchtimes and help with homework is available. In addition a Games Club is held in A14 every day from 1.30 until 2.00pm, where students can play chess, board and card games in a supportive atmosphere. Students from all years are welcome.