The college’s vision of ‘Inclusion, Innovation and Inspiration’ are seen within the SEN support offered by Treviglas. All students are given the support necessary to succeed in all aspects of college life. Information is available below, but a conversation is often one of the best ways to deal with any situation. As such, we would always recommend a phone call if you have any queries.
Students who are identified as needing additional support with their learning can be added to the college SEND Record of Need. Their progress is then monitored not only by the Leaders of Learning for each subject area but also by the college Special Educational Needs Team including the SENDCo, Mr David O’Neill.
Students can be placed on the SEND Record of Need at any stage of their college life and have most often already been identified by their primary school. However, we understand that students’ needs vary with time and so students are referred to the SEND Team whenever necessary.
Students can be placed on the SEND Record of Need for a variety of reasons. They may be struggling with their literacy and are screened for Dyslexia. Some of our students have a diagnosed condition such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Others may have a physical or medical condition affecting their ability to access learning sometimes. The SEND Team ensures that their learning experience is positive and that they have the same opportunities for success and to make progress as all students.
Most students on the SEND Record of Need simply require a slightly different approach to teaching in the classroom in order to make good progress. Teachers are advised of the strategies required to ensure each student has the best possible chance of reaching their potential.
When a subject teacher, member of the pastoral team or SENCo identifies a child in need of additional support, they may require interventions that are additional to or different from those already provided as part of the college’s usual differentiated curriculum and strategies.
From statements to Education, Health and Care Plans
As of September 2014, the government replaced statements of special educational needs and Learning Difficulty Assessments with a single Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan for children and young people with complex needs. The EHC plan has much more emphasis on personal goals and describes the support your child will receive while they are in education or training.
From School Action and School Action Plus to SEN support
For children with less complex needs but who still require help, the government has introduced a new system called special educational needs (SEN) support which replaced School Action and School Action Plus (and the equivalent in nurseries). It is also available in colleges. The process is similar but is less about counting the hours or resources given to your child at college and more about what your child has achieved as a result.
At this stage, the SEND Team become involved and identify the area of additional need that your child may require, perhaps after some additional investigation with reading, spelling or comprehension tests. If a specific need is identified your child may be supported on one of the College programmes such as:
Dyslexia recovery scheme, which provides catch-up in gaps of reading and spelling knowledge.
Read Write Inc
A reading recovery programme which focuses on the learning and revision of synthetic phonics.
Support systems designed to encourage behaviour modification and improve social skills.
These can be delivered as a set programme in a small group with trained specialists. A Success Passport will be drawn up with the student which sets out the concern, states what is to be done to address the concern and by whom. Parents will be involved at this stage.
During the year you will be invited to review meetings at which your child’s academic targets will be discussed and his/her Success Passport is reviewed.
Further information regarding services for young people with Special Educational Needs and their families can be found at www.cornwall.gov.uk/ and on the Family Information Services Directory website: cornwall.childrensservicedirectory.org.uk/
If you have any concerns regarding Special Educational Needs, please contact Mr O’Neill on 01637 872076 or firstname.lastname@example.org