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Special Educational Needs


Students who have special educational needs are supported wherever necessary to achieve full access to the whole-college curriculum.   This is facilitated through a range of access technologies including skilled staff, specialist equipment and resources.

Students have individual learning programmes designed to maximise opportunities for independent living in preparation for life after college, including preparation for work or continuing education.

Learning Support has its own suite of rooms called Trinity.  Further support is offered to all students through the lunchtime and after college study clubs where they can benefit from individual help with assignments or extra reading sessions.  We also run a nurture group.  A computer suite is available for use at the after college study club.

There is group work in basic skills and support for students with English as a second language.  For some students group activities help to improve their social skills.  Booster classes are run to enable students to catch up.

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Below are brief descriptions of the SEN interventions
at either KS3 or KS4.

Dyslexia (diagnosed)
Specialist support for reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, and memory organisational and processing skills. This helps build confidence and gives strategies for promoting successful learning.

Dyslexic Type Profile (undiagnosed dyslexic)
Specialist support for reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, memory and organisational skills. Some pupils may be referred to the support specialist in Trinity who will assess the needs of the pupil and give the appropriate support.

Catch Up Secondary Reading Programme
Specialist support to improve all aspects of the reading process addressing comprehension, sight word knowledge, phonics and spelling.

Specialist support to help pupils to learn outside the classroom, to learn about themselves in an outdoor environment and develop personal and social skills that can then be transferred to the classroom.

Nurture Group
Nurture group is a school-based intervention that offers specialist support for pupils with social, emotional and behavioural challenges. The pupils are taught by specialists to help pupils with a wide arrange of issues from purposeful attention, constructive participation, connecting experiences, insightful involvement, cognitive engagement, emotional security, accepting constraints, accommodating others, to constructive response, maintaining standards, engagement, self-negotiation, attachments, inconsequential behaviour, self-esteem, negativity towards others and disregarding others.

Language & Communication
The main purpose of this intervention is to build confidence for pupils in speech and writing and enhance their learning of language. Specialist support for pupils is provided with opportunities to express themselves in an environment where language learning can be enjoyable and purposeful. This is achieved by reading of engaging stories in class, pupils are able to speak extensively, discussing and sharing their views with the teacher and their peers.

ASD Group
A specialist programme is tailored to the pupils’ age and interests. The intervention addresses both the pupil’s behaviour and their communication skills and offers regular reinforcement of positive actions.

Social Skills
Social Skills intervention helps to develop the pupil’s personal, social skills and help raise their self-esteem.

Basic Skills
This is a specialist intervention that is aimed at enhancing the pupil’s ability to read, write and improve their vocabulary to a level where they are able to function at work and in society. This intervention is targeted at pupils who are new to the UK and therefore speak very little English.

Handwriting support is offered to pupils who have poor motor skills or medical conditions that affect their handwriting. The aim of the intervention is to help pupils with grip, fine motor skills, strengthen their hands and ultimately improving their handwriting.

Precision Teaching
Precision Teaching is an intensive method of simultaneously, monitoring the accuracy and speed of a pupil's responses. Strategies are designed to take an existing skill, and increase accuracy and speed in order to develop competence. The goal for the pupil would be to increase his rate of performance.

Saint George has three allotments; two of these are located off site and maintained by Southampton City Council. The pupils who are selected are those who find it difficult to learn in the classroom and, instead, benefit considerably through access to learning opportunities that are available outside. The allotment gives them the opportunity to learn new skills, working on the land growing organic fruit and vegetables. They are then given opportunities to cook healthy meals using the crops they have grown and can apply life skills gained in English and Maths in these tasks.

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