Approach to SEND
At Folkestone Academy we have a tiered approach when supporting children to learn and achieve their ambitions. Regardless if a child is on the special educational needs register or not, if they are struggling to make expected progress we will apply this process of support.
What does this mean?
‘Inclusive education and high-quality teaching for all children in the classroom’
What is high quality teaching?
High-quality teaching is the foundation for progress for all learners. The Academy bases its expert teaching on 18 teaching principles which fall into six categories; Teacher knowledge/pedagogical knowledge, classroom management/perception, planning/pathway knowledge, execution, student knowledge, reflection.
New vocabulary is taught explicitly using etymology (word origins), morphology (prefixes and suffixes) and using vocabulary in context.
Staff have consistent and rigorous expectations that are clear for all students.
Lessons begin with retrieval practice of powerful knowledge.
Modelling is used to give clear examples of excellence.
Staff provide scaffolding for students to help support them to reach high expectations.
Staff are asked to be highly reflective on their practice and adapt it based on feedback, training and needs of students.
‘Specific, extra, time-limited support in-school for children with additional needs’
What is targeted support?
Targeted support is usually, but not exclusively, delivered by staff with additional training and expertise. This tends to be timetabled at appropriate sessions during the school day. Often this targeted intervention will take place in small groups, but may, on occasion, be a ratio of 1:1. Interventions run for a set amount of time, concluding with a form of assessment that shows the impact and success they have had.
Zones of regulation, Lego therapy, sensory circuits, Read Write Inc.
‘Services offered by external professionals such as occupational therapists, speech and language therapists or health professionals on or off the school site.’
What is specialist support?
Sometimes we need to call upon the support and advice from other professionals and services to support the young people in our care. They may come in to meet the child or it may be that the child receives this support away from school premises.
As stated above, this may be occupational therapists, speech and language therapists or health professionals. This may also incorporate educational psychologists, Early Help workers, counsellors etc.
To contact the SEND Coordinator please email:
Secondary and Sixth Form: [email protected]
Click on the link below to view our SEND policy information report: