King Edward's has a small additional needs department and we typically have only two or three children in the entire school with a fully funded Statement or fully funded Education Health Care Plan who require support from a teaching assistant. More typical is for our SEND children to have been identified with some form of mild dyslexia or visual stress. The emphasis is usually on making reasonable adjustments within the classroom setting: our classes are normally 32 pupils per class in KS3, and 28 pupils per class at KS4.
We screen all children at Year 7 to identify dyslexia or other possible additional needs and contact parents accordingly during the course of Year 7. We continue to receive referrals from staff and parents through the course of a child's education with us and it is not uncommon to identify children with some form of additional need later in their schooling as the level of challenge increases. This is often because the challenge of GCSE material exposes the limits of an able child's personal coping strategies that they may have used to mask their additional need; often since primary school.
Where a child is identified with additional needs we work with the parents, SEND team and other specialists to determine what adjustments or support are needed to help each individual. In all cases our overarching goal is to balance support with independence and self reliance to avoid creating a dependency culture.
In terms of reasonable adjustments, children with mild dyslexia or visual stress benefit from the following types of intervention:
use of coloured overlays or coloured glasses
copies of materials either in advance of the lessons or to assist with recapping
use of a laptop
access to small group to support with organisation and study skills
consideration for extra time or adjustments in public examinations
We strongly recommend that parents of prospective pupils with learning needs have had an assessment carried out by the Primary School and Lincolnshire Specialist
Teaching Service: only pupils that have a specialist teaching report that clearly recommends extra time for examinations can be considered
for adjustments in public examinations or the 11+ testing.
Further details can be found on our Policies page - see Access Statement and SEND policy
The SEND team can be contacted via the Contact page