The department is staffed by Specialist Teachers, Lead Practitioners and Teaching Assistants, many of whom have additional qualifications and experience in teaching or supporting students with a wide range of specific learning needs. We also have an Autism Champion at the College.
The team works both within the classroom, supporting individual students with Statements of Special Educational Needs/EHCPs and whole classes, and also in the Skills Centre focusing on areas such as literacy, numeracy, ICT and study skills. Social Skills groups are also run to offer nurturing and help with friendship building.
In Year 7 and 8 we have a Focus Group which targets literacy difficulties and helps provide the students with coping strategies for everyday activities. The Focus Group is conducted in a small group setting with one teacher and one teaching assistant. These lessons are timetabled at the beginning of the year and will remain in place for the whole academic year where necessary. Students are also welcome to attend C15 at lunch and break times where there are opportunities for developing social skills and making new friends. Help with homework is also available both in C15 and at Homework Clubs after College.
Parents of students with special educational needs are welcome to view the provision and facilities and to discuss their child’s needs in detail with the SENCo. We are very happy to accommodate extra visits to our College during the transition process.
We enjoy excellent relationships with colleagues in our partner primary schools and every effort is made through our SEND liaison process to ensure transfer of important information from KS2 to KS3.
Mr Peter Jenkins (SENCo)
Contact tel. no. 01579 383292 Ext. 309; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Link: Cornwall Special Educational Needs Disability Information and Advice Support Service – A friendly and dedicated team can provide information, advice, support and training for young people and parents and carers of children with special educational needs and / or disabilities (age 0-25). The service is confidential, independent, impartial and free.