Specialist Educational Needs and Disabilities
At Millais, all students, whatever their needs or abilities, are valued and encouraged to develop confidence in themselves as learners and to have high aspirations for themselves. Support is provided for any student who at any time in her school career is identified as requiring additional or different provision to help her to make progress.
We believe that all teachers need to have training and expertise in Special Educational Needs and Disability. We also promote an ethos of positive partnership between our staff and the parents/carers of our young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
Our SEND Team of specialist teaching staff and Learning Support Assistants and Learning Mentor work alongside colleagues and parents/carers in and out of the classroom in order to overcome barriers to learning and progress.
Support strategies and interventions vary across the key stages and are tailored to meet the needs of students identified as being in need of support. These include:
- Support for transition from primary school including special taster activities at Millais for Year 6 children (the Millais Moving On Groups), visits to the primary schools by the Director of Year and the Director of Learning for Specialist Intervention (SENCO) and individualised support for Year 6 girls needing extra transition support.
- ‘Wave 1’: full access to the National Curriculum suitably differentiated to take account of each individual’s needs and taught in classes by subject specialist teachers.
- ‘Wave 2’: small group literacy teaching is offered to Year 7 students who are not meeting their age-related expected levels of progress in reading and spelling.
- ‘Wave 3’: personalised literacy/numeracy teaching is offered to students in Years 7, 8 and 9 if their literacy levels are a significant barrier to learning.
- A ‘Literacy Support Option’ in Key Stage 4 for students who may benefit from a reduced number of GCSE courses due to their difficulties with literacy.
- In-class support from Learning Support Assistants with expertise in both curriculum subjects and individual needs.
- Social and emotional nurture group work focussing on social skills, friendship etc. for targeted individuals at transition and throughout Key Stage 3.
- Bespoke individual support and mentoring for students’ social and emotional well-being for targeted students.
- Advice and support to subject teachers from a Dyslexia specialist teacher.
- Access to key staff with whom trusting relationships can be developed so that students can share their concerns.
- Access to a trained and qualified school counsellor and school nurse.
- We also offer the facility of an after-school Homework Club for students with special educational needs.