At CWBS we recognise that students have a wide range of learning needs and we strive to create an inclusive model of provision, embracing diversity and celebrating differences.
We have a dedicated individual needs (IN) team consisting of two special educational needs teachers (SEN), a learning support class (LSC) teacher and a part-time learning enrichment teacher. Under the guidance of the teachers, three full time educational assistants (EAs) offer additional support. On-site therapy provision with a trained educational psychologist is offered for students who need social and emotional counselling, and we provide a structure for parents to arrange and access onsite therapy in the areas of speech and language, and occupational therapy. The IN team work closely with our onsite S&L and OT therapists.
Learning needs of students are met through differentiated planning and provision, and intervention programmes which address the dimensions of schooling as outlined by ESF:
- Thinking and learning
- Emotional and social wellbeing
- Speech and language
- Social and communication
- Motor coordination, physical and self-care
Students are supported across the continuum of SEN through the ESF ‘Levels of Adjustment’ and ‘Model of Differentiation’. A wide variety of programmes and strategies are managed within the classroom on a small group or individual basis to enable and extend our learners. A dedicated learning space is available for students who require support outside of the classroom.
We acknowledge the support of parents is vital to the effectiveness of the provision for students with individual learning needs. For this reason, we encourage a high degree of partnership with parents.
The provision for students with special educational needs (SEN) is within the context of the ESF SEN policy (2007) and subvented funding for SEN.