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with specialist sports status

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with specialist sports status
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Home >> Supporting Your Child >> Learning Support Department >> Q: What SEND training have the staff had or are currently having?

Published on - 16-05-2016

Q: What SEND training have the staff had or are currently having?

SEND training is an on-going rolling programme of professional development for all of our staff throughout the school year.

  • We have two ELSAs (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants) who have been trained by and receive regular supervision support from Hampshire Educational Psychology Service.
  • One senior TA (Teaching Assistant) who has extensive experience and training in planning, delivering and assessing intervention programmes and has completed a Level 3 qualification in Supporting Students with Specific learning Difficulties.
  • Other TAs have undertaken specialist training in supporting students with speech language & communication needs (SLCN), autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and supporting students with hearing or visual impairment.
  • All staff are trained each year on the needs of new students joining the school – this can include training from specialist agencies or consultants, as well as from the SENCo, Head of Learning Support or other staff with relevant expertise.
  • SEND training forms part of the continuing professional development of all teachers and TAs and is organised in accordance with the needs of the students and staff.
  • The school works closely with other local schools, especially our feeder primary schools, sharing training opportunities including INSET days and outside experts.  Opportunities to develop this aspect of local expertise are actively sought throughout the school year.
  • All staff at the school are trained in teaching and working with hearing impaired or visually impaired students, with updates at Induction and INSET days.
  • We routinely review the skills and attributes of our staff to ensure that they match the profiled needs of our students.

Q: Where can I find Hampshire’s Local offer?

Every Local Authority has a duty to set out in one place the provision that it expects to be available across education, health and social care for ch...

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Q: Who can I contact for further information outside of BHCS?

Additionally, the school liaises with and can refer parents/carers to the following agencies for information and support: Parent Partnership, offer...

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Q: Who can I contact for further information at BHCS?

A parent/carer’s first point of contact should be the child’s tutor to share concerns Miss H Heath Head of Year 7 & 8, Zone 7...

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Q: How do we know if it has had an impact?

We see evidence that the student is making progress academically against national/age expected measures and that the gap is narrowing – they a...

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Q: How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

Our provision is arranged to meet our students’ needs, within the resources available.  This approach reflects the fact that different st...

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Q: How are the school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s needs?

We ensure that all students with SEND have their needs met to the best of the school’s ability, within the funds available. The budget is all...

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How will the school prepare and support my child when joining the school and transferring to a new school?

Our goal is to make sure our new students feel like they belong at BHCS before they officially arrive.  Learning is most effective when student...

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Q: How accessible is the school environment?

Apart from 6 classrooms in the English Block, the school is all on ground level but some faculty blocks need to be accessed by steps or permanent ra...

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Q: How will my child be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?

All students are entitled to be included in all parts of the school curriculum and we aim for all students to be included on school trips. We will p...

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Q: How will my child be able to contribute their views?

Students’ views are highly valued at the school and their opinions are sought on many areas of school life, as well as their own learning. ...

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