Learner Support and SEND at Great Sankey High School

We believe strongly that each child is an individual and that many children do have particular needs that have to be addressed if they are to have a happy and successful school experience. Our vision for children with special educational needs and disabilities is the same as for all children and young people – that they are valued in our learning community, achieve and experience a well-rounded and balanced curriculum allowing all pupils the opportunity to thrive in their education at Great Sankey.

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice informs and underpins the support, provision and practice for all of our students who have a Special Educational Need. For children and young people this means that their special educational needs and disabilities will be assessed and identified at the earliest point with appropriate support routinely put in place, and their parents will know what services they can reasonably expect to be provided. Children and young people and their parents or carers will be fully involved in decisions about SEND support and what they want to achieve. Importantly, the aspirations for children and young people will be raised through an increased focus on life outcomes, including employment and greater independence. Those with more complex needs will have an integrated assessment and where appropriate a single Education, Health and Care plan for their support.

The Learner Support Department:

  • Support identified students in class, ensuring all potential barriers are removed liaising successfully with all staff.
  • Supports students with severe hearing and sight loss working with identified external agencies
  • Implements handwriting, reading and spelling support programmes for students with identified difficulties
  • Supports students experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties working with key staff within school.
  • Provide resources to enable students to access learning independently; for example, lap tops and reader pens
  • Provide intervention as recommended by outside agencies
  • Track student progress and identify relevant next steps for students with SEND

We are also able to call upon many external services such as Educational Psychology, Speech and Language therapy, CAMHS, Autism Initiatives, School nurse, occupational and physiotherapy and Sensory Impairment Service, to help us support children’s educational development. This is not an exhaustive list but an example of the services we work with most frequently. We work with these services so that we are able to provide intervention and support as identified by assessments completed by relevant professionals.

The early identification of students’ individual needs is of paramount importance to the successful implementation of support. To ensure that students’ needs are recognised and addressed at an early stage by the school:

  • Attend annual reviews of students with an EHCP in Year 6 so as to enable planning for Year 7 and planning for enhanced transitions as relevant
  • organises visits to many Year 6 students by members of our staff to meet the students and their class teachers individually
  • develops contact with parents at the New Entrants’ Evening in the Summer term and again at various events throughout the Autumn term

Learner Support Department 2019-2020

SENDCO – Caroline Wheatley

Teaching Assistants– Learner Support
Paula French (HLTA)
Jackie Rauer (HLTA)

Cathryn Boyd
Liz Dyson Jones
Emma Jones
Sharon Mather
Maureen Moss
Donna Pitt
Martin Smith
Sarah Winstanley
Joanna Walton

Phil Day

Diane James

Gill Wenmouth

Louise Kiernon

Temporary TA staff – Joy Christie

All our policies are available on our policies page. 

The information report is written for parents/carers who have children at Great Sankey High School and Barrow Hall College, or who may be considering their children attending the school or college. It explains how we identify and support children with special educational needs and disabilities.

What is the Local Offer?

The Local Offer was first introduced in the Green Paper (March 2011) as a local offer of all services available to support disabled children and children with SEN and their families. This easy to understand information will set out what is normally available in schools to help children with lower-level SEN as well as the options available to support families who need additional help to care for their child.

What will it do?

The Local Offer will provide parents/carers with information about how to access services in their area, and what they can expect from those services. With regard to Education, it will let parents/ carers and young people know how school and colleges will support them, and what they can expect across the local settings.

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