In addition to the support provided by teachers, tutors and Wellbeing Team, the School employs a dedicated team of learning support professionals, trained to identify, assess and support students with special educational needs (SEN).The aim of the learning support team is to ensure all children with special educational needs are able to fully access the curriculum. In addition, it provides support for children who need short term interventions to support academic progression.
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 SEN are varied in nature and complexity, and, where necessary, we bring an 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 Director of Learning Support. 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
- Cognitive learning difficulties (such as Dyslexia and ADHD)
- Communication and interaction difficulties
- Expressive and receptive language and social communication disorders, including ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)