Shenley Brook End School is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team plays an important role in this through the identification and sharing of information in relation to special educational needs and disability and through its involvement in Quality First Teaching and Targeted and Personalised provision.
The Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), specialist teacher, SEN support assistant and a team of teaching assistants work in a variety of ways to reduce and remove barriers to learning and achievement for students with special educational needs or disabilities. These include the provision of advice and support to teaching and non-teaching colleagues to help them meet the needs of students within the whole-school context; the delivery of more targeted and personalised provision directly to students, both inside and outside the classroom; and the delivery of exam access arrangements. Through liaison with the school’s pastoral teams and subject specialists, support is coordinated and promotes students’ overall well-being in addition to fostering their academic progress.
The SENCo works with the Milton Keynes Specialist Teaching Team and other external agencies such as Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) to ensure that provision effectively addresses the specific needs of individuals.
The school is committed to the development of students’ independence and sense of responsibility and encourages their active involvement in dialogues relating to their desired outcomes and additional support. Students are involved in drawing up the profile sheets that record information about their strengths and weaknesses; the factors they regard as important in terms of meeting their needs and information about the current targeted or personalised provision they receive. The profiles are made available to staff to enhance their knowledge of needs and support strategies. The involvement of parents and carers is integral to the effective planning and review of a student’s support and is fully encouraged.
The Children and Families Act 2014 resulted in the replacement of Statements of SEN with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and the publication of a Local Offer providing information on the services available to support families of a child or young person with SEND. In Milton Keynes, schools provide information for the Local Offer in the form of answers to 14 questions; for this information click here and for the school’s SEND information report please click here.
Ethnic Minority Achievement/English as an Additional Language
A key aim of the school is to provide equal opportunities for all students regardless of cultural, ethnic or religious background.
The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Team provides information and support for EAL students. We are able to offer support tailored to the individual needs of the student. This could include support in some lessons as well as one-to-one English tuition. The EAL team is committed to helping students to realise their potential across the curriculum. Students are also encouraged, where possible, to complete a GCSE in their first language.
We also run a lunchtime club to provide social support and help with homework and coursework.
Parents who wish to discuss their child’s English as an additional language needs are encouraged to contact Mrs Di Jeary at the school.