The school employs four full-time learning mentors, who work in both the Junior and Senior sections of the school.
The role of the Learning Mentor is to support children in overcoming barriers to learning and to help these students reach their full potential. These barriers may be caused by social, emotional or behavioural issues and the Learning Mentor will, based on their deep understanding of the student and the pressures they face both within school and beyond, work with them to help establish a positive and productive approach to their school life.
Alongside teachers and tutors, Learning Mentors also provide an important connection for families with the school, helping to advise Parents on how to help their children achieve a happy and healthy work-life balance.
Special Educational Needs Support
In addition to the support provided by teacher, tutors and Learning Mentors, the School employs a dedicated team of learning support professionals, trained to identify and respond to situations where a student presents signs and behaviours associated with having special educational needs (SEN).
The School works in accordance with the 2015 SEN Code of Practice to adopt a graduated response to a student’s individual needs. This approach recognises that there is a continuum of SEN and, where necessary, we bring increasing range of strategies and specialist expertise into effect in order to support and address the difficulties that a student may be experiencing.
Even before a student arrives at Shrewsbury, our assessment and admissions procedures seek to identify any special learning support that a student may need once they are at the school. A process of continual monitoring and assessment of our current students also seeks to identify any emerging issues that were not apparent at the assessment stage, and to devise action plans and additional support measures as appropriate.
Our School employs a team of three full time Learning Support specialists, led by the Learning Support Coordinator. Should another member of staff express any concern about a child that may indicate the requirement for specialist assessment and support, the matter will be referred directly to the SEN team.
The team provide support (and oversee support provided by others) to students with a variety of needs, including those students with:
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties;
- physical difficulties including visual, hearing, gross and fine motor delay;
- literacy-related difficulties (such as Dyslexia);
- speech and language difficulties including pre-verbal skills, articulation and fluency;
- expressive and receptive language and social communication disorders, including Autism.
Specific SEN Provision
Our specific provision for children with special educational needs is as follows:
- Learning Support Coordinator
- Learning Support Teacher x 2 (including a fully qualified Speech and Language Therapist)
- Support available for students in EY1-Y13
- Work with class teachers and TAs to develop strategies/resources to support children in class
- Work with parents to support learning at home
- Some children have additional support provided by a member of the Learning Support Team (free of charge)
- Some children have 1:1 Learning Support Assistants to support learning in class (at additional cost)
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and Pupil Passports which are reviewed termly. No additional cost for these documents
- Work closely with Learning Mentors to support children with SEMH needs (Social, Emotional and Mental Health)
- Liaison with external providers for Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy and a number of different educational and child psychologists (assessment and therapy fees paid for by parents)