Learning Support

Excel

Overview

The Learning Support Department have formed the Excel classes to ensure that we are meeting every child’s individual additional needs by providing an environment and education which closes gaps from Key Stage 2 and offers a more personalised learning approach. We offer smaller class sizes of up to 18 where primary trained teachers develop the skills that were not met in Upper Key Stage 2, as well as differentiating the mainstream curriculum. This allows a focus on closing academic gaps and allowing a more sensory, calm and visual environment, while also keeping in touch with what the rest of their year group are learning.

Staff

Miss M Green, ml.green@rainford.org.uk

Mr R Stow, r.stow@rainford.org.uk

For any additional queries, please contact: senco@rainford.org.uk

Facilities

We have two dedicated classrooms as well as the Learning Support Centre (LSC) where students are welcome if they require a quieter, more secure atmosphere at break and lunch times.

Support

Excel classes always have a minimum of 1 Teaching Assistant in each lesson as well as the class teacher. TA’s are there to help students reach their full potential whether this be through 1:1 support, group support or emotional and behaviour for learning strategies. The Teaching Assistants are also there to deliver focused and targeted interventions to close gaps in learning within English and Maths. Students will be chosen to do interventions ranging from handwriting and punctuation to times tables. There is no set range of interventions as they are all catered towards the individual needs within a class.

Extra-curricular

We offer a weekly SEND homework club which is staffed in the Library to help students complete independent study.

Curriculum outline

English

English Excel classes follow a topic-based approach suited to their age group which covers the objectives that the students struggled to secure in Year 6. Additionally, they also access some of the same schemes of work as their year group, but these are at a condensed, slower and more supported level. Students are prepared and supported for assessment through breaking learning down into understandable and accessible stages and through different representations and ways of delivery. For example, if Year 7 are studying Shakespeare, the Excel class will read simplified texts, watch animated versions and do a range of visual representations of the story before delving into the language and features.

Regular homework will be set and will include a focus on reading, in line with the school policy but in consideration of students’ needs.

The students’ progress of their reading and spelling age will be regularly reviewed, together with their overall progress in English against the criteria in the following Progress Ladders (LINK).

Maths

Maths Excel classes follow the same ‘Maths Mastery’ scheme as the rest of their year group, but learning is made a lot more practical using a bigger range of resources to understand every concept. Particular attention is also focused on the skills that the students can be challenged in as well as those that they access confidently. In addition to this, students do a lot of basic skills and life skills learning within Excel, developing confidence in topics such as money and measures, ready for their adult life. Learning is simplified yet still challenging to ensure that gaps in learning are not being forgotten.

The students’ progress in their numeracy skills will be regularly reviewed, together with their overall progress in Maths against the criteria in the following Progress Ladders (LINK).

Humanities (Year 7)

Humanities Excel classes follow KS2 & 3 Geography, History and RE objectives but with a heavy Maths and writing focus throughout each lesson. This is to ensure that students are continuously improving their Numeracy through problem solving and data handling skills as well as having more writing practice than just in their daily English lessons. The coverage of KS3 objectives is extremely practical and relevant for the students within the class.

PSHE

PSHE addresses the key concepts, skills and attributes that are needed for students to develop in these three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships and Living in the Wider World.

PSHE allows us to safeguard pupils, support their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Other Subjects

Even though the Excel classes are mainly based with their English and Maths teachers, they also do other subjects with teachers around the school as referenced below. Good practice is regularly shared between the Learning Support staff and other subject teachers to ensure consistency and that learners’ individual needs are truly being met. These other subjects are all giving students opportunities to think about what suits their learning style, preparing them for picking options ready for GCSE’s and their future careers.

Year 7: Science, Technology, Music, Art, P.E., Drama. (ADD LINKS) Year 8 and 9: Science, Technology, Music, Art, P.E., Drama, History, Geography, R.E. (ADD LINKS)

Core Curriculum (CC)

Overview

The CC provision has been formed to ensure that we are meeting every child’s individual additional needs in relation to their complex SEND. The class maximum capacity is 10 students and is ‘stage not age’ focused. Teaching is personalised to their academic ability and follows their personal EHCP requirements to ensure we are effectively individualising their learning experience. CC students learn through a completely different timetable and curriculum to the rest of the mainstream school at Rainford and there is a heavy focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills.

Staff

Miss M Green, ml.green@rainford.org.uk

Mrs K Thomas, k.thomas@rainford.org.uk

Miss A Drewett, a.drewett@rainford.org.uk

Miss H Greenway, h.greenway@rainford.org.uk

For any additional queries, please contact: senco@rainford.org.uk

Facilities

Their classroom is exclusive to them as a cohort and is readily adapted depending on the ever-changing needs and progress. Learning here is very sensory and practical and provides learners with opportunity to celebrate their strengths across the curriculum as well as targeted curriculum based interventions.

Support

Where students need a completely separate approach to their learning, our staff work on a 1:1 basis developing students individually. Physio and Speech and Language support also takes place as needed for students with varying SEND.

TA’s are there to help students reach their full potential whether this be through 1:1 support, group support or emotional and behaviour for learning strategies. Students will be chosen to do interventions ranging from handwriting and punctuation to times tables. There is no set range of interventions as they are all catered towards the individual needs within a class.

Curriculum outline

Literacy

Follows the Read Write Inc: Literacy and Language which supports National Curriculum requirements and guidelines while also developing students’ basic skills and confidence in Reading and Writing. As a result, students will become more literate citizens and ready for the wider working world. Catch Up Literacy intervention is delivered twice weekly to all students as a 1:1 session allowing continued personalised progress.

Maths

We follow the Kangaroo Maths programme which supports National Curriculum requirements and guidelines while also developing students’ basic skills and confidence across the varying topics within

Mathematics. Catch Up Numeracy intervention is delivered twice weekly to all students as a 1:1 session allowing continued personalised progress.

Life Skills

Students experience 4 hours of Life Skills per week. This is vital to preparing them for adulthood and successful integration into society both during and after life at Rainford High. Life Skills is again personalised learning according to their stage and age along with their aspirations. Learners have access to cooking and technology facilities for a double session every week where they experience the independent cookery, hygiene and safety skills needed as they mature.

Other subjects

Along with Science, P.E, Topic (Humanities) and Creative studies, CC students learn through a completely different timetable and curriculum to the rest of the mainstream school at Rainford. This changes based on teacher assessment and ever changing children needs for example:

  • ·Philosophy for Children
  • · I.C.T
  • · Drama and Performance
  • · Fiction Addiction
  • · Technology
  • · PSHE
  • · Choice

As students progress through the years, we look at alternative qualifications suitable to that child for Maths, English as well as their interests and a personal development programme.

The Learning Support department and Rainford High are dedicated to providing an inclusive school for all and will continue to celebrate diversity.