Special Educational Needs

We want all girls to receive the very best possible education

Our aim is to help each and every pupil to develop to their full potential, bearing in mind their individual needs and abilities. We recognise, however, that all children are different and may have very different needs.

    The four broad areas of need are:
  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition and Learning
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health
  • Sensory/ Physical Need
  • or a combination of these needs.

The school operates a graduated approach to the identification of students with Special Educational Needs and Disability. The subject teachers will use a four step model; Assess, Plan, Do, Review, taking into account the views of the student and their parents. Evidence of individual performance based on learning outcomes will lead to intervention being put in place. If the student requires further additional intervention the SENCO will observe lessons and give advices. Where necessary, parents and students will be invited to have a consultation with the Educational Psychologist.

Parents are contacted early in their daughter's life in Broughton Hall and their needs are discussed with the SENCO and any outside agencies which already have an involvement with a pupil. There are Annual Reviews for Statemented pupils. Students identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disability have a Learning Support Profile for all members of staff to access and plan work accordingly.

Lexia is a piece of software that is recommended by the British Dyslexia Association to support students with literacy difficulties. Symphony Maths is used to support students who have difficulties in numeracy. This operates in Years 7 & 8. Students receive further Literacy and Numeracy intervention from Year 7 onwards from specialist teachers.

Students are assessed for special access arrangements at the beginning of Year 10 by the SENCO. Students in year 10 and year 11 are given intervention at lunchtimes and after school if they need extra support within a particular subject area. All students are able to attend homework club Tuesday-Thursday every week from 3.10pm-5.15pm where they have access to computers and staff for support.

Sixth Form students who have been identified as having Special Educational Needs and/or Disability have continued special access arrangements in all internal and external examinations.

As a parent/guardian, what do I do if I have a concern about how my child's special needs are being supported?

At Broughton Hall Catholic High School each subject teacher is a teacher of SEN. If you have a concern regarding your child's progress or the support that she is given, start with her subject teacher.

If you feel that the response has been inadequate, you can contact the Head of Subject.

The person with responsibility for the operation of special needs with the school are as follows;

SENco - Mrs H Marteau - roseh@broughtonhall.com

Assistant SENco - Miss S Jackson - jacksons@broughtonhall.com

They can be contacted by phone (0151-5419481) or by email. Lastly, as a parent your ultimate recourse is with the Headteacher (Mr. Preston). At Broughton Hall Catholic High School we can assure you that the matter raised will be treated with the utmost respect and seriousness and dealt with in a timely fashion.

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