Additional Support Needs
As a department the overriding principles apply to years S1 to S6. The senior school has more input regarding attainment, study skills and stress management.
The ASN Department is fully committed to raising the standard of attainment of all pupils and to enabling every pupil to achieve his or her full potential. The Department is a whole school resource to staff, pupils and parents, offering assistance where a barrier to learning occurs. It operates through a process of collaboration across the School, fostering a continuous and progressive approach to learning for pupils throughout their schooling.
Identification of pupils
Pupils in need of additional support are identified in a number of ways. These include objective methods such as screening, internal tests and examinations. Subjective assessment methods are also utilised including collaboration with teachers, feeder primaries and parents. Pupils may also self-refer.
Identified pupils will include those with specific learning difficulties who can be anywhere on the continuum from mild to severe and within a broad range of intelligence. Pupils with language, emotional, behavioural and physical difficulties will be supported. Other factors which may highlight the need for support include disadvantageous educational history and non-English speaking backgrounds.
Support is delivered through five Support for Learning roles:
Consultancy can take place in many forms: from simply giving advice to working collaboratively with individuals or departments. In support of Better Relationships, Better Learning, Better Behaviour (BRBLBB) effective learning and teaching strategies may be discussed and developed.
2. Co-operative teaching
At times ASN teachers teach alongside class teachers in the classroom. Clear aims are set out beforehand and subsequently reviewed. The benefits of co-operative teaching include: providing direct support to and monitoring the progress of all pupils in class; developing classroom strategies with the subject teacher in supporting the promotion of BRBLBB.
3. Direct Tuition
Sometimes it is helpful for pupils, individually or in small groups, to work out of class with a member of ASN staff. Additionally blocks of support may be given to larger groups of pupils to focus on development of specific skills.
4. Services to individual pupils
The ASN Department collates information on individual pupils and is involved in further investigation should the need arise. It has responsibility for ensuring that information on individual pupils is appropriately disseminated both in school and to external agencies.
5. Staff Development
The ASN Department contributes to staff development in a variety of ways: through the sharing of insight, experience and resources; the presentation of in-service sessions; offering guidance on materials, equipment and approaches; commenting on guidelines and briefing documents and by disseminating information from courses attended.
None of these roles are carried out in isolation and each interacts with the others
PCS / ASN
The ASN Department and the Pupil Care and Support PTs are now the Pupil Support team. Each member of the team is assigned to a house and thus such a liaison supports proactive work with students.