Cardinal Allen
Catholic High School

Learning Support

Inclusion for all

The aim of the Learning Support Department is to ensure that every pupil at Cardinal Allen is included in every aspect of school life. In line with the SEN Code of Practice and the Equality Act 2010, we offer support for any pupil who is identified has having Special Educational Needs. Inclusion is about belonging, feeling happy and being valued within the school and wider community, irrespective of age, ability, ethnicity or social background. At Cardinal Allen we value all students as individuals with their own unique qualities. Within a nurturing and supportive environment we encourage growth, independence and self-belief, fully embracing the school's motto of 'Be All You Can Be'.

Broad and balanced curriculum

All students at Cardinal Allen are able to access a broad and balanced curriculum which both challenges and encourages their learning. For students in KS3, groups are created which contain smaller class sizes and allow students the opportunity to take part in the 'Nessy' software, which aids progress in literacy. Teaching Assistants support students throughout the school to enable them to access the National Curriculum and associated school activities. The department provides support for staff to enable them to differentiate tasks within lessons, removing barriers to learning and allowing all students to participate and make progress. In KS4, the department offers tailored courses including Study Plus, Key Skills and Vocational Studies, which are carefully planned and designed to boost students' literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. The courses also encourage students' independent learning skills, life skills and builds confidence to ensure that students have a smooth transition from Cardinal Allen into further study and eventually adult life.

Working with parents, carers and families

All parents are informed if their child has an identified area of need and is on the Learning Support Register. This may result from information given during the Primary School Transition Meetings, or as a result of concerns raised by teachers, parents or the individual child. Parents are invited to take an active role in contributing to target setting and evaluation during '1:1 Outcome Meetings'. Parents of students with an Education and Health Care Plan or Statement of Educational Needs are invited to contribute to the Annual Review process. In order to encourage a network of support for parents and families of pupils with SEN, we hold regular 'SEN Share and Support Sessions' which are informal gatherings in the Learning Support Department, giving parents the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with others. Parents are encouraged to contact the Learning Support Department if they have specific support issues or concerns. Appointments can be made to discuss these issues, either individually or during Progress Evening.

Policies and further information

SEN & Disability Information Report or 'Local offer'
SEN Policy
Accessibility Arrangements


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