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SEN Support

At The High Weald Academy we pride ourselves on providing personalised support for those pupils with barriers to their learning to help them access the curriculum and reach their full potential. This starts in the classroom, with all teaching staff receiving regular training and updates on a wide variety of SEN topics. We ensure all teachers have the training, tools and strategies required to differentiate their lessons appropriately so that they can support SEN students in their learning. 

In addition, we offer a wide range of interventions such as reading, social communication groups, maths catch-up and subject specific interventions.  These may be delivered 1:1 with a Learning Mentor or in small groups in our dedicated Student Support classroom.  We continually track and monitor progress of all students and aim to identify difficulties early on so that appropriate intervention can be put in place. When necessary, we can offer social, emotional and mental health advice and support. 

We have a team of highly qualified support staff who offer a wide breadth of expertise and experience.

The SEND Team:

SENCO: Mrs Sculley

Mrs Sculley is a qualified teacher and teaches English.  She holds the NASENDCO qualification as well as a post-graduate qualification for assessing pupils for exam access arrangements. This means our SEND students have all the support they need when it comes to taking their GCSEs.

Learning Mentors: 

Mrs Brown – Mrs Brown has extensive experience of supporting students with dyslexia. She also runs our social use of language groups and uses social stories to engage and support students. Mrs Brown has attended courses on: selective mutism, diabetes awareness, autism awareness, ADHD, social, emotional and mental health, dyscalculia, and early childhood trauma.

During lockdown she also completed courses to support students with low mood, anxiety and the psychological effects of Covid-19. Mrs Brown is also a first aider.

Mrs Cook  - Initially Mrs Cook developed an interest in SEN whilst helping with Riding for the Disabled, supporting children and adults with a range of disabilities. Mrs Cook also completed a one year Level 3 course in “Supporting the Dyslexic Learner”.  As she subsequently worked with reading groups, a career path developed working 1:1 with a number of number of students with challenging emotional, physical & behavioural difficulties.  This has led to a special interest in ASD, supporting individuals to develop strategies to build resilience and success. Mrs Cook has also helped run Horticultural Therapy groups and clubs and attended courses on Lego Therapy, Social Stories and Dyscalculia. 

Mrs Goldfinch – Mrs Goldfinch is a qualified secondary school teacher with over 10 years teaching experience in both KS3 and KS4. Now working in SEN, she has extensive experience in maximising pupil progress and achievement through assessment and data analysis as well as ensuring best practice strategies for helping SEN pupils to engage with the curriculum and all aspects of school life.

Mrs Hunn – Mrs Hunn has extensively supported students in physical education, in particular supporting students with ASD, Dyspraxia and Visual Impairment.  She has experience with supporting and developing fine and gross motor skills and handwriting. Recently she has specialised in mental health support, training as a Mental Health First Aider, running a mental health intervention, and is currently training to be an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant.

Miss Ray - Miss Ray has extensive training and expertise in offering 1:1 and small group support. She is able to support students with dyslexia and dyscalculia, identifying barriers to learning and helping them reach their potential. Miss Ray also delivers Lego Therapy (building students’ confidence and social skills) and can use various diagnostic tools such as Lucid Rapid (Dyslexia screening) and Lucid Exact (reading comprehension and handwriting assessment).

Inclusion Officer: Miss Green - Miss Green taught in a local college for a number of years and additionally worked with many schools and students on the vocational initiative programme.  Miss Green is passionate about trying to positively support students for whom school is difficult for whatever reason, and fully acknowledges one size does not fit all and therefore the importance of working with the school and individual to make school relevant and meaningful.

Miss Green has trained extensively in the areas of behaviour management, disaffected learners, inclusion, equal opportunities and safeguarding.

Inclusion Officer: Mrs Faulkner-Smith – Mrs Faulkner–Smith has 25 years’ experience of teaching.  She is also a trained Mental Health First Aid instructor and runs courses for teachers as well as positive mental health sessions with students. Mrs Faulkner-Smith works in school with those students who may become disaffected learners to support them to reach their potential.

In addition to our own team, we can access support from the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS), Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), Speech and Language Therapists (SALT) and other external healthcare professionals.

For all enquiries regarding SEND provision, please email
AENSupport@highwealdacademy.kent.sch.uk

Should you require further information regarding SEND Mainstream Core Standards please follow the links below:

MCS Guide:

https://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/117256/Special-educational-needs-mainstream-core-standards.pdf

Parent Version:

https://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/117257/Special-educational-needs-mainstream-core-standards-guide-for-parents.pdf