Please see our policy below on SEN. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact our SEN Co-ordinator Mr Ryan Lloyd on 01295 264216.
The Learning Base
We are fortunate to have four dedicated rooms to support students with specific needs. The Learning Base is divided into four areas:
English as an Additional Language (EAL) support; a room dedicated to teach and support students to develop their understanding and vocabulary in English and other languages. Language resources like Linguascope are used to support learning.
Reflection and Restorative Room; a room for students to reflect on specific issues or behaviours before they return back to their timetabled lessons.
Classroom 1; this area is used for small group interventions, with use of our interactive whiteboard. Various resources are used to develop both social skills and independent and providing learning. We have four computers available which comprise computer-based software to enhance literacy skills like Wordshark, Mylexia and AccelareadAccelawrite, also numeracy skills using Numbershark and Mymaths.
Classroom 2; this area is used for one-to-one learning support, interventions and assessments.
We have ICT provision available for students with specific learning needs which can be signed out and used in certain lessons.
Learning Support Assistants
Learning Support Assistants play a major role in engaging students in their learning, in collaboration with the classroom teacher. Their role is multi-faceted and includes facilitating individual literacy/numeracy programmes, working with Key Stage 4 students who are studying alternative courses to GCSE, organising visits, preparing differentiated work and administration and providing social activities during lunch time to encourage social interaction. They also act as named key workers for students who need extra adult support.
BGN has two High Level Learning Support Assistants who work in the Maths and English Departments. There are also specialist Learning Support Assistants in ASD, handwriting, dyslexia and behaviour, social and emotional problems. We also have an in-house trained assessor to assess exam access arrangements and dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
Students with Special Educational Needs
Students are held on our SEND Inclusion Register at two levels; Education, Health and Care Plan and Special Educational Needs Support (School Action Plus and School Action). Students on the SEND Inclusion Register are reviewed at regular intervals by the SENCO to monitor progress. The Learning Base supports the use of external professionals. We pay for the use of an Educational Psychologist and Behavioural Support Team Member to assist us in providing the very best care for our students.