The school nurtures partnerships at both academic and pastoral levels, ensuring that students’ needs are met. The good levels of care, guidance and support are based firmly on the school’s basic principle that ‘Everyone is a unique creation of God’. Systems to collate and act upon pastoral information ensure swift and effective intervention and support whenever identified.
The school provides a wide variety of individualised or group programmes and activities that support students settle into school life. Carefully considered, planned support structures and interventions nurture academic and personal development so that students with SEND at The Barlow RC High benefit from high levels of pastoral care and support.
Special Educational Needs
The school provides additional, individualised support to students with Special Educational Needs and /or Disabilities and those who have been as identified as experiencing barriers to learning. This is achieved through a variety of intervention programmes. The Learning Support Team work with all members of staff as well as a range of external agencies to enable all identified students to achieve their full academic and personal potential. We work closely with parents and carers to develop tailored and individualised education programmes for those who are identified as needing specific, targeted support. This is usually facilitated via a teaching assistant from the Learning Support Team who will deliver the relevant intervention and take the lead as the assigned ‘keyworker’. The Learning Support Team encourages parents and carers to participate with their child’s individual education programme and will invite them to attend regular reviews. Parents and carers are also encouraged to contact the school SENDCo if they have any concerns regarding their child’s learning needs.
The Learning Support Team makes a significant contribution towards the achievement of the school’s aim to be a fully inclusive school. We operate a system of in-class support and intervention withdrawal, which enables all students to access the curriculum. Students are supported by the Learning Support Faculty on a full or part-time basis according to their identified needs.
Types of Support available:
- In-class support
- Withdrawal for direct intervention or participation in specific programme (1:1 and small group)
- Literacy intervention and support, including ‘Readingwise’ and ‘Accelerated Reader’
- Social communication interventions, including ‘Lego Therapy’ and ‘Talkabout’.
- Fine motor skills development work
- ‘Rainbows’ programme (bereavement support)
- Mentoring (keyworker support for identified pupils)
- ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ ASDAN Programme- delivered to identified students in KS4 to support in the development of key life skills