At the Clifton Centre we do not have a SENCO but we do have support from our SENCO at the key stage 3 PRU, who holds the National Award for SEN Co-ordination and has taught in Pupil Referral Units for over 10 years.
Some members of staff have undertaken ELKLAN training to support speech and language needs. All staff members are trained in Team Teach which means they are able to use de-escalation techniques in difficult situations; this also means that they are trained in using physical techniques and interventions if necessary.
Some staff have completed the learning modules in the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP). These cover Dyslexia, Speech, Language and Communication, Autistic Spectrum Needs and Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development.
Staff development needs are identified through performance management and appraisals. New techniques are discussed as part of our staff meetings on a weekly basis and they share good practice with each other. The students have behaviour logs and progress updates completed for every lesson, any students who are not making adequate progress will be discussed as a full staff team at the weekly meetings, where we will look at alternative interventions we could use to remove the barriers of learning for a young person. This may be in one specific subject area or in a variety of subject areas.
At least one training day a year is dedicated to SEN. All staff are required to attend. Last summer this was around motivation in the classroom and boosting self esteem. This year will be team teach refresher training.
Staff who scribe or read for pupils receive training from the SENCO. Some pupils need rest breaks and these are arranged based on their circumstances, others may perform better in a separate classroom on a one to one basis.
For GCSE and other external Examinations, our examinations officer will assess if there is a need to request special dispensations or extra time. Each student will be assessed independently and every effort will be made to ensure that they are given the support that they are entitled to.