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Special Educational Needs and Disability

The School's Learning Development Department works closely with students' previous schools to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Warlingham School & Sixth Form College

SENDCO: Mrs T Needs

During the lockdowns, much of the support has been through phone calls, some home visits and team meetings.  However, some support was also given directly to the students who came into school.  As well as working closely with subject departments to help make the work accessible, the department has been updating resources and completing training courses in a wide range of special needs to further develop our knowledge and understanding of how we can better support our young people. We have also bought Wordshark and enrolled a number of students onto this, alongside Lexia.  We are now using Immersive Reader more widely in school and have catchup programmes in place for literacy and numeracy.

As the government guidelines change, we will adapt to them.  However, the welfare of our students is paramount at all times, and we will continue to do what we can, given the limitations being set.

The School's Learning Development department works closely with students' previous schools to ensure a smooth and successful transition to Warlingham, wherever possible. This has included team meetings with Primary Schools, SENDCos, parents and students where appropriate.  We have also arranged individual visits to the school.

We collect SEND information, attend annual reviews where appropriate and visit students in their primary schools.  Normally, we also offer extra transition sessions before the induction days for more vulnerable students.

Key Stage 3 Support

In Key Stage 3 we support students in a variety of ways.  We have Lexia and Wordshark which supports literacy development. This usually takes place during registration for identified students and should be supported at home.  We offer literacy support to small groups of students, reducing time in Modern Foreign Language lessons.  We have transition and social skills groups during Year 7, as well as identifying students who need a higher level of support to develop their reading and spelling skills.  These students will be withdrawn in a small group once a week over an agreed period of time (usually six weeks).  A handwriting programme is available for home use, supported by the department. 

The work of the Bridge continues to expand.  Referred students are able to go to the Bridge for agreed parts of the day.  This may be for registration, breaks or some agreed lessons.  The aim is to get the students back into all of their lessons as soon as possible.  When students are working in the Bridge they are expected to complete work that they would be doing in class and to have the same standards with regard to school expectations. 

In Key Stage 3 it is the class teacher’s responsibility during assessments to ensure that any exam concessions, including extra time is arranged where agreed, either during the following lesson, or to adapt the marks to take their needs into account.

Setting in Maths and English means that students are taught in smaller groups, with extra support available. We run an after school homework club where adult support is available. This takes place in the Learning Resource Centre.  A lunchtime club is available for identified students.  Students who are anxious have access to the Bridge before school and at break and lunchtimes, as agreed with their Head of House.

We offer some learning mentoring, listening and counselling (via Learning Space) and also in school, where appropriate.  Again, referrals for this are through the Head of House.

Key Stage 4 Support

In Key Stage 4, we have the option of extra lessons in Learning Development. 

Students will have up to three hours per fortnight and during this time they will have the opportunity to develop study skills, do extra work for English and Maths.  We also complete a course on Health and Safety in the workplace, in preparation for Work Experience and College.  Some of the work is based on the Prince's Trust Achieve Award. We continue to support in the classroom, as well as offering one-to-one-support where necessary.  

Students are regularly assessed for exam concessions and these are put into place by the Learning Development team in Key Stage 4. 

Key Stage 5 Support

In Key Stage 5, we offer a small amount of in class support and some one-to-one work.  This can be for learning or for emotional needs.

We have very limited access to an Educational Psychologist, whose main work is with students who have an EHCP.  We do employ a Behaviour Management specialist who works with students who are referred by the Heads of House.  All other external agencies e.g. speech and language will be agreed on an individual basis.

Further Information

Documents with lots of useful information can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.  

Our SEND policy can be found in our Policies section.

More information is available on the Surrey County Council website.