How we support SEND students at Derby Moor
Derby Moor Academy strives to educate all of its students within an environment where the traditions of learning, respect and community are promoted.
Derby Moor is an inclusive school where diversity is celebrated. The building has been designed to accommodate students with physical disabilities, e.g. it is equipped with a hygiene room and lifts to all areas.
There are four areas of additional need. These are:
- communication and interaction
- cognition and learning
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- sensory and/or physical needs.
Derby Moor recognises that the students may need support in more than one of these areas.
Where a students is identified as having SEND, the school will seek to remove barriers to learning and put SEND provision in place.
In Class Support
Our team of Teaching Assistants/Classroom Assistants support identified students in mainstream classes under the guidance of the teacher. This could include 1:1 support or in small groups.
Students work 1:1 or in small groups, with a Teaching Assistant/Classroom Assistants, on a specific programme. This is usually extra help for literacy or numeracy and takes place during registration two or three times a week. Interventions may include reading programmes, handwriting practice, Lexia, Toe-by-Toe (or other dyslexia support).
Literacy Extract and EAL
Students, in Key Stage 3, who need additional support in literacy are taught in a smaller class, focusing on the key skills and phonics. Literacy Support may also be offered to students who are just beginning to learn English or need additional help in order to access the curriculum.
This could be for ASD, reading, reading comprehension, spelling, handwriting, numeracy, social skills. These could be delivered by a teacher, TA, or intervention support staff. Physiotherapy is undertaken with specific students as required.
This is a provision for Year 7 students who may find transition difficult; it provides a stepping stone between primary and secondary school. Students follow the same curriculum for maths, English, science, humanities and computing. In addition, they work on developing self-esteem and social skills through activities such as circle time and gardening.
Adaptations to the curriculum or learning environment may be made to remove barriers to learning. Things such as:
- Sitting at the front of the classroom;
- Using enlarged resources;
- Use of ICT (including Read and Write Gold);
- Leaving lessons early;
- Dyslexia screening;
- Use of colour overlays;
- Visual timetable provided;
- Soundfield systems used;
- Having someone scribe student’s work; or
- Access Arrangement for exams/controlled assessments
There are many more that may be put in place depending on the individual student’s needs.
For some students with the most complex needs, we can provide access to an alternative curriculum.
Who are the best people to talk to at Derby Moor?
The subject/class teacher has responsibility for:
- checking on the progress of your child;
- identifying, planning and delivering the differentiated curriculum for your child in class as required;
- personalised teaching and learning for your child;
- ensuring that the school’s SEND Policy is followed in their classroom.
If you have concerns about your child’s progress you should talk to us. In the first instance, speak to your child’s subject teacher, form tutor or House Manager. You can also make an appointment to speak to the SENCo Miss McAneny by phone or email.