At Barton Court Grammar School, we are committed to Quality First Teaching and personalised provision, in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice 2015. Learners’ needs are met through a graduated approach starting at a whole-school level of personalised teaching, with additional support that can be introduced to overcome barriers. Provision maps for SEN students are subject to regular review, involving the student, parents/ carers and teachers. This ensures provision maps continually evolve with our students’ development to maximise successes and to overcome emergent or developing needs. We have a dedicated SEN department to ensure quality support in school and we have effective partnerships with specialist teaching and learning services to fully cater for a wide range of learning needs within the grammar school setting.
At Barton Court we aim to promote independence through empowering and encouraging our students in making an informed decision with regards to the care and support they require whilst at school. To ensure this happens all staff members are made aware of the SEN needs of their students and the provisions that are in place to assist the student’s in their learning. Any additional support or interventions that are required will be implemented to ensure the students are not prevented from making progress.
Our teachers know that our all our students learn in different ways and are capable of achievement. Getting to know the student individually and ensuring they know the relevant information with regards to their learning need is essential to good differentiation. It is important to us that our students feel supported in school, which will in turn allow them to work effectively in an accepting classroom environment.
We are an inclusive school and work closely with our students, their parents and outside agencies. We ensure all relevant parties are informed of the students’ progress and guide all our students to success.
At Barton Court Grammar School we can make provision for every kind of frequently occurring special educational need with or without a statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care Plan, under the four main areas of need:
1. Communication, Speech and Language – Stammers, Tourette’s, Selective Mutism and verbal processing difficulties.
2. Cognition and Learning – Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and Specific Learning Difficulties.
3. Social, mental and emotional health – Autistic Spectrum Disorders, anxiety, mental health needs
4. Sensory and/or physical – Visual and Hearing Impairment, epilepsy, functioning and mobility conditions.
We have the ability to support a wide range of Special Educational Needs. If a less frequent area of need which is less familiar to us at Barton Court Grammar School and requires further support, we can access training and advice from external agencies to ensure that the kind of need and support required can be met.
Please note: decisions on the admission of pupils with an Education, Health and Care plan are made by the Local Authority.
Miss L Hewlett
Miss Hewlett our Deputy SENCo works with Mr Long, BCAT SENCo to ensure excellence in SEN provision. In school the SEN department works alongside our team of Learning Mentors (below) who provide 1:1 learning support in our learning resource centre and wellbeing room as well as classroom based support. The interventions provided are tailor made to the student and their specific learning need.