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  • Outwood Academy Valley
    Valley Road
    S81 7EN
  • Head: Dr Philip Smith
  • T 01909 475121
  • F 01909 471 360
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Nottinghamshire
  • Pupils: 1600
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Current Ofsted grade: Good on 3rd December 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 12th March 2014
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

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Special Education Needs

Valley School Learning Support Department Philosophy of Department Learning Support is about removing the barriers to learning. This includes the development of basic skills, social skills, ensuring that students have access to the curriculum both academically and physically and can experience success. It is about improving student’s self-esteem, overcoming disaffection and behaviour difficulties. It also includes supporting students at times of emotional crises. The Learning Support team identifies and assesses students as early as possible so teaching staff can be informed and intervention strategies put in place. Withdrawal for basic skills development needs to take place. However it is important that students are taught as much as possible with their peers in mainstream classes. The aim of in-class support is to work with teachers to help students access the curriculum and meet the objectives of the lesson. Students are encouraged to become more independent. The relationship between the teaching assistant and teacher is very important. Effective practice is when there is shared commitment to making activities and tasks successful for all students. Learning Support staff get to know the ‘whole’ student. They acquire an understanding of students’ difficulties and provide the security they need. Students are able to talk through their concerns and problems. Learning support staff work with students and parents to develop strategies and achieve targets.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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