The Learning Support department at All Hallows Catholic College supports students with additional needs to enable them to achieve their full potential.
We are committed to the inclusion of all students regardless of their special educational needs so that they achieve their full potential. As a teaching and learning community we aim to meet the needs of each of our students by providing an effective support service to identified students within our college.
The Learning Support department is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) policy as well as Inclusive practices. We manage and co-ordinate the additional support and provision for students at our college. The College is also equipped with resources for hearing impaired students, a resource we will continue to develop to meet the needs of students with sensory impairments.
The central core of our ethos is that Learning Support is seen as a whole college commitment involving every member of staff. The Learning Support department provides a range of services throughout the college, encompassing all departments as well as more specialised support in both the learning support base and Cornerstone building.
As a department we work in conjunction with students, parents, carers and outside agencies to
Create and maintain robust partnerships between college, home and outside agencies to ensure the well being and progress of our students.
Continue to develop and adapt our college environment to enable students to achieve their full potential.
Support students to function as independently as possible within a safe and secure environment.
The management and effective use of Teaching Assistants (TAs) within college to support both individual and group needs.
Delivery of small group sessions to further assist selected students in their numeracy, literacy and social skills.
Advice and support regarding SEN issues including effective differentiation and behaviour management.
Regular training and development through staff INSET and regular updates
Working in conjunction with outside agencies such as speech and language therapists and peripatetic teachers of the deaf.
Learning Support Ethos
As a Catholic College, centred very much on a Christian ethos we firmly believe in ensuring that our students are given the very best opportunities within a caring and supportive environment.
We have developed a very close partnership with parents and are developing opportunities for parents to work with us to develop our resources and understanding in regards SEN
The key worker programme identifies a specific individual on our staff who will work with a particular student. They will establish a close liaison with home to ensure a regular flow of communication. This has been a highly successful initiative, welcomed by both parents, students and staff.
Dyslexia Friendly School
We are consistently working with and developing our dyslexia friendly teaching strategies. This comes from regular training and input to staff.
As a learning community we have access to a professional, qualified to assess students for their dyslexic needs. We are also looking to engage teachers who specialise in dyslexic teaching strategies to offer 1:1 support for students.
All Hallows Catholic College Learning Support Base for Hearing Impairment
Our team is passionate and extremely dedicated with a shared sense of commitment towards an inclusive education for our Deaf and hearing impaired pupils.
Here at All Hallows Catholic College we aim to nurture students through relevant and appropriate learning experiences. To enable the students to achieve and progress within their education as happy, confident and independent learners.
Learning Support Resource Base:
Here at All Hallows we have recently created a Learning Support Resource Base, A modern teaching and learning space which includes an interactive smart board and sound field surround speakers. We also have a smaller, sound proofed room for group and one to one work with our students.
We have recently invested in up-to-date sound field speaker technology. These speakers enable our children to learn in good acoustic environments and to receive quality speech sounds in their classrooms and assemblies.
When the children arrive in the morning we check hearing aid and cochlear implant equipment. We involve the children in this and encourage them to become independent in managing their own equipment.
We enjoy an excellent relationship with our Peripatetic Teacher of the Deaf and Speech and Language therapists, who specialize in working with hearing impaired children, and work closely to ensure there is a consistent approach between work done in therapy sessions and in the classroom / Resource Base. Children attend weekly sessions with a Speech and Language therapist and Teacher of the Deaf.
Our Sign Language tutor/SSA can work with the children either independently or in small groups, depending on their needs.
Our long term aim is to continue to improve upon the already good work that we do and achieve outstanding results for students with special needs.
We welcome the support and advice from parents to achieve this aim.