Our academy inclusion faculty consists of a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo) and a team of teaching assistants, who have expertise and experience in a number of areas.
The department identifies, assesses and supports students with a range of special educational needs and disabilities. Working in close liaison with parents/carers, outside agencies and SENCo colleagues at primary feeder schools, we work together on establishing a student’s needs, priorities and targets – to ensure we deliver strategies that enable them to achieve at the academy.
Teaching assistants support teaching and learning by helping those who need extra support individually and in groups to access the curriculum. We also have two dedicated rooms within the department, which are always staffed at break and lunchtime. Students are able to access computers within these rooms.
With the parent/carer we review a student’s progress and celebrate successes. We also plan and implement provision, additional to the differentiated curriculum offered to all students. Parents/carers and students are invited to contribute to the process of review. Each month, our SENCo holds an open door session. This drop-in service is aimed at parents and carers, offering an opportunity to share any concerns and have queries answered.
Years 7 to 9
Our learning support team plays an important part in transition by introducing year 7 students to the academy and the key stage 3 curriculum. Information is shared between the primary school and the academy, and some students are invited for additional visits before joining East Leake.
Some of our students attend reading groups or participate in focused interventions. Support can be made available to help students to access activities such as Geography field trips, or when they make curriculum choices in years 9 and 11.
Years 10 and 11
The team offers support to our students who require access arrangements for examinations and assessments. They also provide guidance in selecting subjects and work with Futures to help students decide on their Post 16 pathways.
Step Up – 14 to 16 course
The Step Up course is a flexible approach to delivering 14-19 Foundation Learning. It offers a range of credit based pathways to achieving Entry Level and Level 1 qualifications at key stage 4.