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SEND Support

As a department our main focus is ensuring all students are able to effectively access the curriculum. We do this using both in-class support and intervention groups. Our Learning Support Assistants offer a variety of support strategies in class including: group discussions and individual support. The department currently runs intervention groups for literacy, numeracy, handwriting, speech and language, EAL and social and emotional support. These sessions are either on a one to one basis or in a small group; this enables individual needs to be met in a supportive environment whilst at the same time removing barriers to learning enabling them to engage and fully participate in their lessons.

EAL Provision

TEC believes the promotion of opportunity should be at the heart of all its work and aspirations.

To help fulfil this commitment, the SEND department works with students for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL).

The department includes an LSA who is experienced in working with EAL pupils and is developing work schemes specifically tailored to support students’ learning and access to the curriculum.

News and Events

Dyslexia Awareness Assembly 2017

As part of TEC's commitment to supporting young people with dyslexia, the school has held its annual Dyslexia Awareness Week assembly.

The theme this year was ‘Positive Dyslexia’ and the aim was to highlight and celebrate the many skills and strengths of people who are dyslexic.

The assembly was delivered to all year groups with the key message that dyslexia does not stop you achieving whatever you set out to do.

It highlighted the many successful people with dyslexia who have reached the top of their various professions.

The assembly also reminded students of the strategies put in place across TEC that resulted in the academy retaining its ‘Full Dyslexia Friendly’ status.

The award acknowledges the school's aspirations to help all of our students make the progress they deserve.

Transition and Open Evenings

It has been a wonderful experience to support our year 7 SEND pupils, as they transitioned from Primary School, to High School life here at TEC. They have all settled in really well, and have grown in confidence since they started in September. We have been really proud to see some of these pupils find a new sense of independence and enthusiasm for learning. Some are making the most of every new opportunity, and are actively partaking in extra-curricular activities such as performing arts and sporting events. The lunchtime social club, run by our Learning Support Assistants, is also proving to be very popular with our year 7 SEND pupils. Pupils enjoy the quiet environment, away from the hustle and bustle of lunchtime and also enjoy having the freedom to play games and even sing at times!

Staff from the Learning Support Department attended the very successful open evening that was held here at TEC back in September for our prospective Year 6 pupils and their parents/carers. Staff were on hand to give information about the types of support we provide to SEND pupils to meet their individual additional needs e.g. dyslexia, speech and language, autism, hearing and visual impairments as well as support for pupils who have English as an Additional Language (EAL), to name but a few. The children who visited our department enjoyed playing numeracy and literacy based games, as well as completing themed word searches, whilst the parents/carers had their questions answered and were given information in the form of leaflets to take away with them.

Rosliston Forestry Centre

Rosliston Forestry Centre is in The National Forest in South Derbyshire and has hosted visits from TEC students over the past few years.

On Wednesday 1 November and Wednesday 22 November, Rosliston saw the two halves (X/Y) of our new year 7 students get the chance to ditch their uniforms and school books for the day and experience a different learning environment at the Forestry Centre.

The event which was organised by Head of Year 7, Miss Gibson and was supported by Mr Kermode, Mrs Sutherland, Mr Craig and Mr Hembry. The day was split into two halves – Building Shelters (‘dens’) in the forest and Orienteering, learning about ancient map reading techniques.

On both days all students were split into groups, which produced some fantastic examples of team building. On both days Mrs Sutherland and Mr Hembry, in particular, were there to help support our SEN students, but such was the camaraderie of all the students, we staff also got the opportunity to build our own ‘den’ – although Mr Craig and Mr Hembry got their hands a lot more dirty, sorry Miss Gibson!