Additional Educational Needs and Special Educational Needs King Edward VI School is committed to the education of all students. We have a strong and experienced Learning Support Department working to ensure all needs are met. Students are assessed in Years 7 and 9, information is gathered from previous schools and subject teachers refer students if a need arises. All teachers are aware of a student’s needs and for students who require additional provision to that of quality first teaching this is implemented on an Assess, Plan, Do, Review basis. It is the aim of all provision to build strategies in order to develop the student’s independence in managing their difficulties across the wider school community. Provision is continuously mapped and termly meetings with parents are held to ensure strategies are being developed and used regularly and effectively.
Parents are central to the work of the Learning Support Department and the school welcomes an active relationship where parents feel comfortable to share their knowledge and concerns about their child.
The school maintains excellent provision in supporting exam access arrangements through highly qualified staff in the Learning Support Department; all testing can be undertaken in school which limits the impact on the child.
King Edward VI School is committed to the inclusion of all students and therefore provides a structured care system for students with medical difficulties and disabilities. Care Plans are created to ensure all teachers are aware of the student’s needs and the protocol to follow should care need to be implemented. Parents are once again encouraged to be active within this role as it is recognised that they are most often the experts in their child’s care.
In all areas of additional and special needs the school has excellent working relationships with outside agencies and believes that a child centred approach with all agencies involved provides the most impact.
Dyslexia Friendly Status King Edward VI School was the first secondary school in Staffordshire to be awarded full Dyslexia Friendly Status. This signifies that our admission arrangements, teaching quality and support for students more than meet the national standard for this award. All subjects share the responsibility of ensuring the progress of students with specific learning needs.
Learning Resource Centre
The Learning Resource Centre is a hub for the whole school. With a full-time librarian and a graduate trainee, there is integrated support for information literacy skills across the curriculum and the wider encouragement of all students in reading for pleasure. There are also various extra-curricular activities such as Book Club, the Sixth Form reading group and an after-school Film Club. The LRC also recruits student library helpers who support the busy break time and
lunchtime sessions. The LRC has over 10,000 items in stock (of various media), a dedicated Sixth Form study facility located on a mezzanine floor, computers and access to a class set of iPads.
Independent learning plays a vital part in children’s education and is set by teachers according to clear school and departmental policies. Students are equipped with a “student planner” which should be used to record all homework assignments.
Parents sign this weekly. If any parent is concerned about any aspect of homework, they are urged to get in touch with the school. There is also a homework club most days after school in the Learning Resource Centre.
In Years 7 to 9, students normally do homework in two or three subjects each evening, spending approximately half an hour per subject. In Year 10 and above, including the Sixth Form, a greater commitment of time to homework is expected. Whilst there is a homework programme for the upper school, the nature of the assignments and the need for students to develop good habits of personal organisation mean that it is not always possible to specify precisely how much time should be spent on each subject.
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