While some boys will have their needs identified before they join the school, our SEN department has assessment procedures in place to ensure the quick and effective support of all pupils who may require some assistance.
Students throughout Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 and 9) and Key Stage 4 (years 10 and 11) may need extra support in the classroom and for this we have a strong team of teaching assistants who can support your child throughout their education, both in the classroom and in our SEN department.
At Portchester we view SEN as a whole school issue and work closely with the LEA to ensure the best advice and support is given at all times. Any specific assessment advice is passed to the relevant Class Tutor to enable them to use this information to enhance their teaching of individual pupils.
The school has a fast developing Learning Support Centre and teachers with responsibilities for SEN provision. It also boasts a behavioural unit where specific support can be given to those pupils who find it difficult to cope within a mainstream setting. Much support is offered in this area including anger management and ‘problem solving skills’.
The school follows the SEN code of Practice. In the initial SEN stages, all support is provided by our own teachers and support staff. However, if a student has a written Statement of Special Educational Needs, the school will work in tandem with the Local Education Authority’s specialist staff to ensure all the relevant provision requirement is met.
The school works together with the parents when assessing provision for a student with Special Needs and this partnership continues when issues or concerns arise. We also ensure this partnership extends to the contact with parents and the LEA for those pupils who have a Statement for Special Educational Needs or behaviour.
The schools SEN Policy is available from the school by written request.
If you do wish to speak to anyone regarding SEN, please feel free to phone the school, we are always happy to help and support you with all your enquiries.
English as an Additional Language
Portchester has very strong links with the LEA’s ‘English as an Additional Language’ team (EAL) and is able to support pupils with this need.
Everyone involved in Portchester School, including staff, parents, students, community workforce and volunteers, share an objective to help keep children and young people safe by contributing to:
• Providing a safe environment for everyone to enable children and young people to achieve their full potential.
• Indentifying children and young people who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm, and taking appropriate action with the aim of making sure they are kept safe both at home and at school.
|Currently no provision for.||Can provide for but no experience of ||Experience of ||Now provide for in school ||Centre of Excellence for. |
|Attention Deficit Disorder Mild|
|Attention Deficit Disorder Moderate|
|Attention Deficit Disorder Severe|
|Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders Mild|
|Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders Moderate|
|Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders Severe|
|Emotional and behavioural difficulties Mild|
|Emotional and behavioural difficulties Moderate|
|Emotional and behavioural difficulties Severe|
|Obsessive Compulsive Disorders|
|Oppositional Defiant Disorders|
|Tourettes and other tic disorders|
|Are all children tested for SEN on entry to the school?|
|Please outline the screening programmes used by the school.||The school gathers information from the primary/previous school and ensures there is sufficient paper work to validate these learning needs. If, however, a pupil is not flagged up to the SEN department on entry to the school, it is soon spotted in the main stream and any member of staff can request SEN support. This initially starts with observations carried out by TA's, then it is determined whether or not an assessment is required and what type.|
|How many children with statements of need or equivalent do you have in the school?||Eight (SEN)
|Do you make special provision for exceptionally gifted children?||Gifted and Talented program within school.|
|Please outline what is on offer for such children||Close monitoring of pupils with statments and Gifted and Tallented. A variety of programs are in place.|
|Please indicate if the school has or has available to it any of the following:|
|Behaviour Support Unit.||Student Support Centre provides learning, emotional and skills (coping with desision making, negotiation skills etc.) support. |
|Learning Support Unit.||Specialist Speech and Language TA provides support for pupils. We also have a number of experienced TA's who provide in class, group and individual support. |
|Pupil Referral Unit.||Both behaviour and Learning support is catered for.|
|Specialist language centre|
|Schemes or Initiatives such as SHARE or Playing for Success.|
|Please indicate if the school has any of the following characteristics:|
|SEN accreditation, for example by CRESTED?|
|Centre of excellence for SEN that is Not already outlined?|
|Good wheelchair access||The lower level of the school is fully accessible to wheelchair users. |
|Provides outreach support?||Our EWO and Attendance officer, plus a number of other staff provide excellent support both inside and outside of school.|
|Receives outreach support?||We have a number of out reach organisations who work with us|
|Do children with SEN participate fully in sport and other extracurricular activities?|
|Please provide information on staffing. Does the school have:|
|A SENCO or equivalent?||INCO|
|Staff who will administer prescription medicines to a child|
|Qualified teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment(please say how many, in full-time equivalent).|
|Non-teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment(please say how many, in full-time equivalent).|
|Please list specialist qualifications held by teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment.|
|Please list specialist qualifications held by non-teaching staff with learning support or SEN commitment.|