Additional Educational Needs
Our Aims for Years 9, 10 and 11
The Additional Educational Needs (AEN) department plays a vital role at St Edmund’s School and we pride ourselves in the knowledge that we get to know our pupils as individuals. The department assists those whose work is made more challenging by Dyslexia or similar learning difficulties. Using the school data tracking system, we work with subject teachers and the pastoral team to ensure that support is provided to those who require it. For each pupil we teach, we work to boost their self esteem and capitalise on and increase their strengths, as well as remediating areas of weakness. Within the classroom each pupil is set realistic challenges with realistic outcomes. If the pupil cannot meet these outcomes, they may need additional support in order to learn more effectively. This usually involves the pupil being taken out of a lesson or early morning activity to receive individual or small group support. The AEN department offers the following support to those who have difficulty acquiring literacy and/or numeracy as well as study skills. We set achievable targets are set and work closely with parents.
- Small group literacy
- Small group numeracy
- Small group study skills
- Social skills
The department is staffed by three experienced teachers with advanced skills in teaching children with specific learning difficulties. The department is very well resourced and the specialist teaching rooms have computers and a range of multi sensory programmes to support learning. A whole school approach is adopted so that mainstream and specialist teachers work together for the benefit of pupils with additional needs. There is a shared responsibility to make the curriculum more accessible for all pupils. We recognise that some of our pupils put in a great effort to overcome their difficulties or weaknesses; they need encouragement and support both at school and at home to do this. We are proud of the progress made by our pupils; we celebrate their strengths and achievements.
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