In the SEN faculty, we share and respect each other; working hard to ensure that every child succeeds, in all areas of school life. We pride ourselves in seeing all our pupils leave our school with not only qualifications, but also the skills that they need to be happy and healthy adults.
The Aim of the SEN Faculty
- TO REMOVE ALL BARRIERS TO LEARNING
- TO PUT EFFECTIVE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL PROVISION IN PLACE
- TO GROW A FIRM UNDERSTANDING OF ALL OUR PUPILS’ NEEDS
- TO SUPPORT A PUPIL IN MAKING GOOD PROGRESS
- TO SECURE POSITIVE OUTCOMES
- TO HELP OUR PUPILS ENJOY AND ACHIEVE HERE AT NEWCASTLE ACADEMY
- We have excellent links with Therapy Dogs Nationwide. Margaux and Gibbs, along with their owner Lynn visit school every week to work with small groups of students. Reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop their literacy skills and build confidence. This is because dogs have a calming affect and they also listen to children read, without being judgemental. This nurturing environment helps to improve children’s enthusiasm for reading, whilst also providing them with the confidence to read outloud.
In ‘The Hive’ we aim to provide each and every pupil with a Bespoke, Educational and Enrichment Specialist. Therefore your child will have their own B.E.E link, who will monitor and support them through their life at school. Our team of specialists are extremely dedicated and passionate about ensuring that all our students here at Newcastle Academy both enjoy and achieve!
Our SEN Governor is Vicky Recine, who can be contacted via email@example.com
Nicola Bromley-Smith – SENCO firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Price – Assistant SENCO email@example.com
Katie Cheadle – TA firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Wiggs – TA email@example.com
Maddie Knapper – TA Maddie.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Clayton – Apprentice TA email@example.com
Staffordshire Umbrella Network (SUN) is a networking group looking at issues affecting children with special needs/disabilities and their families, co-ordinated by Staffordshire SEND Family Partnership Service (link below) https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/welfareservice/SpecialEducationalNeeds/spps/sungroups/northstaffs/Northstaffordshire.aspx
http://www.ndcs.org.uk Link to the National Deaf Children’s Society for all deaf and hearing impaired children
The British Dyslexia Association- http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/
NHS (Dyslexia)- http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Dyslexia/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Dyslexia Action- http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/
Young Minds (Dyslexia)- http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/worried_about_your_child/dyslexia_dyspraxia
Special School SEND FAMILY PARTNERSHIP: 01785 356921 firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you help your child?
- ASK THEM WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNT TODAY
- READ WITH THEM EVERY NIGHT FOR 20 MINUTES
- BE SUPPORTIVE
- CHECK THEIR PLANNER EACH NIGHT
- HELP THEM WITH THEIR HOMEWORK
- USE THE SCHOOL APP
- CONTACT US FOR SUPPORT OR QUESTIONS
- ATTEND PARENTS EVENING
Our Nurture Group
Newcastle Academy have several methods to help the transition of pupils from primary to secondary education, one such initiative was the introduction of a ‘Nurture Group’. Nurture Groups have been highlighted as an example of successful intervention in students that show signs of social, emotional and mental health needs. Here at Newcastle Academy, we are extremely proud of our very successful group which has been running for a number of years. The small group of up to seven Year 7 students work with a key worker supporting their literacy and numeracy, modelling positive relationships and placing emphasis on the development of language and communication skills. The group provides a safe and predictable structured environment giving the students opportunities to re-visit early or missed ‘nurturing’ experiences. Some of the comments from the students were: “I really love coming and think it’s helped me a lot with my confidence, before I didn’t really like school now I enjoy the time here” “I like it, because I feel happier and braver in lessons, and if there’s a problem I know who to go and see”. It is becoming increasingly understood that children whose fundamental emotional and social needs have not been met during their early years will benefit by having the opportunity to develop an understanding of both their own needs and others needs in such an environment as we have here at Newcastle Academy, and this in turn will impact on their ability to learn.
Literacy and Numeracy Intervention
Mrs Price runs the Literacy Intervention and Mrs Wiggs the Numeracy Intervention groups. Working very closely with the English and Maths faculty, ensuring the students get the correct, targeted support they require; boosting confidence in lessons so that they can make good progress. Students are pre-taught skills before English lessons to make them gain in confidence, or sometimes they continue to learn skills after it has been taught in a lesson to consolidate the learning. They work on the ‘Nessy’ Learning Programme, which delivers personalised spelling lists to the students and enables them to enjoy learning to spell and read; learning spelling patterns and playing games. These also include writing games for reluctant writers, support with grammar, paragraphing and other key skills. Our groups also play card games to reinforce these spelling patterns – including the ‘Swap/Fix’ card game. Again, this is a fun, multi-sensory approach to learning!
Reading plays a crucial role in helping your child to access the curriculum and achieve success at school. We ask that you spend twenty minutes a day reading with your child. We have introduced a paired reading scheme at the Academy where the students pair up with another child and read together to encourage reading and build confidence and also develop a love for reading.
Here at The Hive have created the role of Lead Learners. Being a Lead Learner means helping out at The Hive with a range of new and exciting activities including lunch time games and reading sessions. We have lots of applications from students asking to be a Lead Learner and currently have 41. All the Lead Learners have an official badge and are awarded weekly for their effort.
Lead Learners have both responsibilities and rewards. They are currently involved in several community projects, along with supporting our school charity.