Special educational needs and disability (SEND)
At The Spires College we are committed to offering an inclusive curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all of our students, whatever their needs or abilities. The Learning Support department has a philosophy to promote quality first teaching within all classrooms in order to enable all of our students to have access to an excellent education.
By endorsing that every teacher at the college is a teacher of SEND, we operate a "whole student, whole school approach" to the management and provision of support for students with all kinds of special educational needs.
All students with an EHCP or who are supported by the SEND Department or have a designated member of staff from the SEND Team who meets with them each half-term to gather their views and ensure good social and emotional development. Termly reviews for these students and their parents/carers with either the SENDCo or their designated member of staff take place to discuss progress and how the student's needs will continue to be met.
To help support students progress through the phases of their education and ensure a smooth transition, our SENDCo is available at our GCSE Options Evening for Year 8 students and their parents/carers, and liaises with our Director of Sixth Form and other local post 16 providers.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Department
The team that is responsible for coordinating provision for students who have been identified as having special educational needs is based in our SEND Department. We are very confident in the effectiveness of the way we work with all students to enable them to achieve; learning difficulties can vary greatly and we have a range of strategies in place to meet these needs.
The SEND Department is purpose built and allows us to work with small groups of students as well as with individuals on a 1:1 basis. As far as possible, we work to ensure that our students are able to access mainstream classes, but the SEND Department is a place where students are able to come to for reassurance and intensive educational support.
We have a large team of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) who work with students in the SEND Department and in classrooms across the college. The LSAs have a weekly session for training and CPD (continual professional development), and access to relevant courses and qualifications. The LSA team is rich in a variety of skills and knowledge to ensure that we are supporting our students to achieve and to become independent in education and life.
Supported lunch and break times, which allow for quiet time with supervision and activities, are available for any student, should they wish or need it.
Enhanced Provision for Hearing Impairment
The Spires College is proud to be the designated secondary school in Torbay for students with hearing impairments. As such, we have local authority funded places to ensure that Torbay has educational provision available for young people with a range of hearing loss. As part of this provision, we have a Hearing Support Centre led by the Local Authority Advisory Teacher, a specialist teacher of the deaf, Mr Lee Fullwood, and LSAs with training and experience that allows us to offer specialist support for students with hearing loss.
Where necessary, we tailor educational programmes for individuals that include regular lessons delivered by Mr Fullwood. The Hearing Support Centre is purpose built especially for use by students with hearing impairments and the college operates a FM system linked to hearing aids to ensure that our students with hearing loss can access mainstream lessons.
Enhanced Provision for Autistic Spectrum Condition
The Spires College is also proud to be a designated secondary school in Torbay for students who have ASC needs. As part of this provision we have specialist staff and LSAs with training and experience that allows us to offer specialist support for students on the Autistic Spectrum. Places in our enhanced provision are allocated via the local authority SEND Team. Students must have an EHCP and a full ASC diagnosis. For further details, please contact the SEND Team at Torbay Local Authority or our SENDCo.
If you have any queries regarding any of the above SEND provisions, please contact our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator, Mrs Katherine Hurst, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on our enhanced provision for Hearing Impairment, please contact our Specialist Teacher of the Deaf, Mr Lee Fullwood, by sending an email to: email@example.com.
Please find our SEND Policy below.