A warm welcome to The English College Inclusion Department. We are here to help and encourage students who need a bit more support than others to flourish academically, socially and emotionally. Whether your child has been diagnosed with a learning difficulty or faces another challenge, we provide various options for your children. We strongly believe that all students no matter what their barriers to learning should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential and achieve the best possible.
The Inclusion Leader works all through school. The team consists of the Inclusion Leader, The Inclusion Support Team and a team of Learning support assistants (LSAs). The majority of these LSAs are based in primary as we believe in early intervention and that’s why there is a core focus on these year groups.
We enroll students in line with our Admissions Policy. Parents will need to add any Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) on our online Admissions Form, which will be handled confidentially. We will also ask parents to submit any reports that will help us make an informed decision so that we can support your child in the right way. We will then schedule an informal meeting with you and your child, that will support you in your transition to The English College. If your child was identified by his/her previous school as having a learning need, then our Inclusion Team will ensure that appropriate provision and support are provided and make contact with their previous/ current school to ensure that we can plan the support accurately.
Our Inclusion Team in short:
- We are the key contact for parents and their children
- The Inclusion Leader will hold regular review meetings for students scheduled following interventions. This happens typically at the end of the term to ensure smooth planning for the term ahead.
- The Inclusion Support team will meet monthly to support the school and its students in meeting the requirements of inclusive practice.
- Constant and consistent communication with parents
- Our team are empowered to support your children through ongoing professional development and the sharing of strategies to meet needs
- We provide a safe space for your child where they can speak about concerns or difficulties they are experiencing in class.
- Our approach is consistent and caring
Foundation Stage, FS 1 and 2
We work closely with the class teachers and conduct regular observations of the students to ensure that children achieve their developmental milestones. Where there are concerns, we invite parents to come and discuss these, as well as to put appropriate measures in place. In case that a student has to be referred for extra therapy, we do so by connecting with external professionals who are specialized in delivering therapy such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Occupational Therapy (OT) or speech therapy.
Primary School, Year 1 to 6
We work closely with the class teachers and the learning support assistants to provide support for all needs. This ranges from in class support, to timed interventions to withdrawal support. We also support students who may have additional needs but exhibit a particular ability or a talent. We support their enhancement through extra curricular activities and opportunities provided in class through Quality first teaching. We also observe students and support them by providing specific strategies for class teachers and the LSA’s to use in their practice.
Secondary School, Year 7 to 13
In our secondary school, we work closely with form tutors and subject teachers. We observe, provide strategies, support with tracking and monitoring student progress and update parents and staff regularly. We also provide in class support where necessary so that all of our students flourish.
All of our students from FS to Year 13 who exhibit special talents or perform above and beyond in particular areas are catered for through our More able and talented (MAT) programme. These students are identified through their CAT scores and referrals from their teachers. The students may display a talent or excel in a specific area which goes beyond the realms of being more able. To support these students we provide quality first teaching, enrichment opportunities and additional activities designed to stretch and challenge students beyond their curricula. This provision is overseen and regularly evaluated by the More Able and Talented Coordinator and the Inclusion Leader.