At Longley Park Sixth Form we take a holistic, student-led approach to SEND. We see each student as an individual who must be an active participant in their education and support. Our underlying ethos is to promote independence for all of our learners and equip them with the necessary skills to see them into adulthood. To do this, we review support consistently and work towards tapering it where necessary.
Our approach is in line with that of Brigantia Learning Trust, as we believe that all SEND learners:
We endeavour to provide effective support through our work with external agencies. Forming these relationships is key to our practice as they allow us to either enhance the support a student receives or enable students and families to receive support directly from the external agencies. We have strong links with external agencies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Hearing Service, Visual Service, MAST, CAMHS and Educational Psychologists. We work closely with both mainstream and specialist schools in order to provide a smooth transition for new learners.
The learning support team is woven into the fabric of Longley Park. With a central location, the learning support space is a hub of activity for a diverse cohort of students.
The team itself is made up of the Learning Support Manager, the Access Arrangements Coordinator and six Student Support Workers (SSWs). The SSWs are assigned to students based on knowledge, experience and communication, instead of subject speciality. This allows us to provide tailored support and make our students the focal points of their support.
Students with Education, Health and Care Plans receive support that is informed by the outcomes and requirements stated in their plan. EHCPs are legal documents that must be followed by all members of staff. Teachers and support staff must work together to factor the needs of the student into their teaching and support strategies. Comprehensive teacher briefings are held at the start of the academic year and reviewed regularly. Additionally, EHCP reviews are scheduled throughout the year and regularly involve local authorities. Due to the nature of EHCPs, high needs students are our priority when it comes to allocating support – in or out of the classroom.
The learning support team works closely with not only subject areas but also Longley Park’s wellbeing team. Providing cohesive, consistent support for learners with mental health issues or students with emotional, social or behavioural difficulties.
Support offered by the learning support department includes:
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