Minerva Learning Trust

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

For all SEND and Support for Learning related enquires please email sflenquiry@eccoschool.com

Mrs E Martin

Assistant Headteacher (SENCo)

Mrs E Martin

Assistant Headteacher (SENCo)

Miss M Benson

Additional Learning Provision Manager

Miss M Benson

Additional Learning Provision Manager

Mrs J Woodhouse

Admin Assistant - Inclusion

Mrs J Woodhouse

Admin Assistant - Inclusion

Mr T Twinning

Alternative Learning Provision

Mr T Twinning

Alternative Learning Provision

Mrs T Bingham

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs T Bingham

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs K Briscoe

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs K Briscoe

Learning Support Assistant

Miss S Wells

Learning Support Assistant

Miss S Wells

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs D Marsden

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs D Marsden

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs S Moody

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs S Moody

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs K Hughes

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs K Hughes

Learning Support Assistant

Key Contacts

Mrs E Martin - SENDCo 
Miss M Benson - Additional Learning Provision Manger 
Mrs J Woodhouse - Admin Assistant - Inclusion



Ecclesfield School SEND Universal Offer

At Ecclesfield School, we aim to safeguard, include and support all of our students.

We want to enable our students to be the best they can be through identifying and removing their individual barriers to success.

We recognise that every teacher is a teacher of every child and teachers have a responsibility for the progress of all students. Quality first teaching is the first step to ensuring that barriers to learning are removed and students fulfil their potential.


What to do if you think your child may have SEN?

Contact the Inclusion Administrator to arrange a meeting or speak to a member of the team.


Why will your child be put on our SEND register?

Students may be put on the SEND register if he/ she is making less than expected progress and we feel their needs cannot be met solely through quality, differentiated teaching. You will be fully involved in the process, which may also involve other outside agencies.

Under the current SEND code of practice, students who are on the SEND register now fall under a single category —SEN Support.


How will your child be supported?

Each student on the register has a ‘MINT’ profile, which details his/her needs and practical strategies to support him/ her in lessons. If your child does not make expected progress through quality first teaching alone, then other interventions or specialist services can be put in place to support your child to achieve.

Students may also be allocated a key worker, who is assigned to them based on their needs. The role of the key worker is to identify barriers to learning and help the student overcome them.

Your child may not need to go on the register, as his/ her needs can be met in the classroom, however, if there is an identified need or barrier to learning, they will still have a profile to help teachers know how to support them in lessons.


Who will work with and support your child?

Staff in school will work with your child to achieve the very best outcomes. Depending on your child’s individual needs there may be a range of staff, such as teachers, Learning Support Assistants, his/ her key worker, MALP, SENCo or professionals from other agencies working with your child.

Students do not automatically receive full time individual support, but an appropriate package of support will be tailored to meet the individual needs of your child, whilst still maintaining and encouraging their independence.


Interventions 

We offer a range of interventions based on the needs of the students. These include:

  • Read Write Inc—Phonics based reading programme
  • Lexia –Individual ICT based support which develops reading, phonics and comprehension
  • Study Support—for KS4 students
  • Breakfast Club —Numeracy intervention for students in Year 7 who are working below age-related expectations
  • Communication and Social Skills group training
  • Entry Level Certificates (English, Maths and Science) in Y9-11
  • The Bridge - For students who may present with complex behavioural problems
  • In class support
  • Personalised 1:1 interventions
  • One-to–one mentoring
  • Reciprocal Reading—a reading comprehension programme
  • Alternative Learning Pathway—curriculum provision for Y7 and Y8 students.
  • University of Sheffield Mentoring Programme
  • The Learning Challenge – Challenges on organisation, memory and reflection
  • Reading Leaders—peer coaching
  • Maths Leaders—peer coaching
  • Premiership Reading Stars
  • Vocabulary and Narrative Speech and Language
  • After-school Study Support
  • Subject specific department-led interventions, at KS4 in particular, from across the curriculum.
  • Anger management
  • Emotional Literacy
  • Anxiety workshop
  • ZEST
  • Brain gym exercises
  • Keyboard skills
  • Additional fine motor practice
  • Parental support sessions
  • Sleep clinics
  • Organisation station
  • CSE workshop
  • Ready to Learn
  • Lego therapy
  • Mighty minds
  • Talk About series
  • Developing Friendships
  • Self awareness and esteem

Hearing Impaired

Here at Ecclesfield Secondary School we are proud to be home to an Integrated Resource (IR) for hearing impaired students. The IR caters for students with varying degrees of hearing loss from mild to profound. We have students with both hearing aids and/or cochlear implants. A teacher of the deaf and a specialist-teaching assistant employed by Sheffield Hearing Impaired Service staffs the Ecclesfield IR. The IR is an excellent example of Sheffield’s inclusive approach to teaching hearing impaired students.

The hearing impaired students who attend Ecclesfield School benefit from a high degree of inclusion in their mainstream classes and are encouraged and supported to take an active role in all aspects of school life and not least, have the opportunity to make friends with both deaf and hearing students. They are members of mainstream and learn alongside hearing students. For some lessons students are withdrawn into the IR where they are taught by a specialist teacher who has an additional qualification to teach deaf and hearing impaired students (Teacher of the Deaf) and/or by a Specialist-Teaching Assistant. The Teacher of the Deaf and Specialist Teaching Assistant also support our students in mainstream lessons to help ensure they fully access the learning.

To effectively meet the needs of hearing impaired students here at Ecclesfield School, all professionals involved, Teachers of the Deaf, Specialist Teaching Assistants, mainstream teachers and professionals from external agencies e.g. Speech and Language Therapist, Audiologist, work closely as a team to ensure each child has the best access and opportunities throughout their secondary education.

Integrated Resource Staff:
Rebecca Ducker
Resource Co-Ordinator,Teacher of the Deaf
rreid@eccoschool.com
0114 2461156 ext.1139

Michelle Norris
Specialist-Teaching Assistant
mnorris@eccoschool.com
0114 2461156 ext.1139

External agency professionals may include:
◾​Speech and language therapists.
◾Educational psychologists.
◾Bradford and Nottingham cochlear implant centre team.
◾Audiologists from Sheffield students hearing services.
◾Deaf CAMHS team.
◾MAST
◾Social care team.

Support given may include:
◾Support in the mainstream class.
◾Individual teaching sessions withdrawn to the IR.
◾Small group teaching sessions with other hearing impaired students in the IR.

The amount of time a hearing impaired child spends in the mainstream class and the level of support the child receives depends on the individual needs of the child.

What do we do in the Resource?

  • Prepare for or consolidate class work – by using ‘link books’ in mainstream lessons we are able to look back at any work the student may need to readdress. By communicating with mainstream staff, we are also able to prepare our students for any upcoming topics that may need pre-teaching.
  • Language and communication skills – each student is placed on our ‘language framework’ where we assess language development in regards to their age and what we will need to work on to ensure their language and communication skills improve.
  • Develop listening skills – some of our students have the use of a radio aid system, which enables them to access the teacher’s voice no matter where the teacher is in the classroom. By encouraging good listening skills, each child will benefit from improved access to learning.
  • Develop ‘Personal Understanding of Deafness’ (PUD) – We encourage our students to value their hearing aids/implants, increasingly manage their own aids/implants and understand their hearing loss.
  • Before/after school sessions:
  • Audiology help – Checks of hearing aids, ear moulds, cochlear implant systems, radio aids
  • Lunch club – is offered twice a week to encourage reverse integration and socialisation with peers, while being in a safe and familiar environment.
  • Homework help – Sessions are offered to our students to help with homework tasks that they may need extra support completing.

Transition:
We take care to ensure the transition from primary to secondary and secondary to post 16 is as smooth and successful as possible.

In Year 6 Ecclesfield IR staff visit primary schools to meet the students and teachers to introduce themselves and gather feedback on the student and their needs. They also attend the student’s annual review meeting where we meet parents and any other professionals involved with the student. Ecclesfield School also offers opportunities for an extended transition programme to ensure our hearing impaired students feel comfortable and ready for their move to secondary.

At Key Stage 4 our students have excellent support provided by Ecclesfield School’s careers team. They tailor the work experience and college process to suit the needs of our students. IR staff and Ecclesfield School staff have extremely good links with colleges and other post 16 providers. We take our KS4 students to visit these providers and have 1.1 meeting with support staff to ensure they are fully aware of the needs of our students. We are very proud that many of our past students have been through college successfully leading them to excellent jobs and/or university opportunities.

If you have any questions regarding the Integrated Resource for Hearing Impaired Students please contact Mrs Ducker (Teacher of the Deaf).


The Hive 

The Hive is our onsite provision for students in Years 7-11 which aims to support students’ whose SEND needs prove to be a barrier to learning.  The Hive provision is central to the School’s mission of ensuring that all students fulfil their potential and gain the skills, qualifications and experience they need to go on and contribute positively to society.

The Hive provides time-limited, evidence based timetabled intervention for students identified as having SEND or in need of specific pastoral interventions.

The Hive is staffed by Academic Intervention Mentors (AIMs), teachers and learning Support Assistants (LSAs) and managed by the Additional Learning Provision Manager MALP, who oversees Additional Provision for students with SEND.


Other Support

Breakfast/Break/Lunch club
These run daily and are supervised by our Learning Support staff. This service is specifically aimed at vulnerable students, who may have friendship difficulties.

Safe Space
We have a small sensory room where students in crisis can go to reduce their anxiety levels.

Quiet Room
A teaching provision for students who are school-phobic/ experience severe anxiety when in school.

Links with outside agencies
We liaise regularly with many outside professionals from a range of services including Educational Psychologist Service, Speech and Language Therapists, CAMHS, Autism Team, The Ryegate Children’s Centre, MAST and many more.


Parent—School Communications

You can always get in touch using the contact information in this leaflet and/ or arrange to see one of us as and when necessary. Over the course of the year, you’re also invited to a range of events designed to give you plenty of opportunities to discuss and review your child’s needs and support.

  • Book a 1:1 appointment with one of the team at a half termly SEND Surgery
  • Attend Parents’ Evening and pop in for an
  •  extended review
  • Attend one of our Parent Cluster Group sessions—these provide an opportunity to find out new information, meet parents of students with similar needs and share your experiences.
  • Attend an Annual Review meeting if your child has an EHCP.

The Local Offer

To find out further information on the ‘local offer’ (services provided by the local authority), please visit, https://www.sheffield.gov.uk and search ‘Local Offer’.




If you wish to access our SEND Policy please visit our polices page