Learning Support Department
The Learning Support Department exists to support pupils who need a differentiated approach to learning and additional support in reaching their full potential.
A pupil may be identified as needing additional support by the subject teacher, Head of Learning, Form Tutor or SENDCO. We are part of the Inclusion Team and work closely with Heads of Learning, Inclusion Support, Mental Health Co-ordinator/CP Officer, the More Able and EAL Departments.
We administer reading and spelling assessments twice yearly (September and January) in order to track progress and screen for difficulties. This enables us to identify students who may require additional support/intervention and/or support during exams.
Passports are produced for pupils who have additional provisions in place. These are discussed at the bi-annual Parents' Evenings and at Annual Reviews for pupils with Educational Health Care Plans.
A small minority of students are disapplied from Modern Foreign Languages and will instead complete the Key Steps curriculum or ASDAN. A student disapplication is decided by the SENDCo working in collaboration with parents, Year Managers, Heads of Learning, department staff and other professionals already supporting the student. A combination of information from KS2 attainment, initial assessments undertaken upon entry to The Highcrest Academy and the specific learning needs of each student are considered on a case-by-case basis before a final decision is made.
The Additional Provisions provided to pupils takes many forms and may be provided in any of the following ways over a strategised two-week intervention program:
- In-class support from an LSA – for groups or individuals
- Withdrawal in small groups to focus on curriculum work or remedial programmes
- Key Stage 3 LINC (Learning Inclusion) groups
- Social skills groups
- Forest School
- 1:1 support for reading or literacy
- Morning nurture programme
- Daily break and lunchtime clubs – games and homework support
- After-school homework support
- Transition support programme
- ASDAN curriculum programme
- Key Steps
- Key Stage 4 alternative curriculum arrangements eg option support, college courses etc. Support from various outside agencies, such as the Educational Psychology Service, Specialist Teaching Service, Speech and Language Therapy Service and others.