Learning Support FAQs
Q. What should I do if I think my child has special educational needs?
A. At Queen Elizabeth’s we are committed to early identification of special educational needs and the process of identification and assessment will come from a number of sources:
Close links with our feeder schools means we often have a lot of information before students arrive and will have already started to put things in place prior to the new term.
If you think that your child may have special educational needs that have not been previously identified you should contact the school through your child’s tutor/ Head of Year, or contact the Learning Support coordinator directly.
Learning Support Co-ordinator Mrs H Freeman can be contacted via:
Q. How will the school decide if my child needs extra support?
A. Through our process of identification, assessment and dialogue with school staff, yourself and your child, extra support will be put into place depending on the identified individual need.
Q. What will the school do to support my child?
A. The names of children with a special educational need or disability will be recorded on our Learning Support Register. This is updated regularly throughout the school year and provides all staff with an overview of each child’s individual learning difficulties and needs.
Provision for students beyond this is diverse and is solely dependent on individual needs. The range of provision could include
support with homework and organisation
additional adult in the classroom
student centred planning disseminated through student voice documents
access to word processors for students with handwriting difficulties
access arrangements for examinations
For each child on the Learning Support Register we aim to follow the cycle of Assess, Plan, Do and Review. Tracking of student progress and collaboration with outside agencies will also form part of the process.
Q. Who will support my child in school?
A. The Head of Learning Support/SENCO Mrs Heather Freeman has many years' experience working with students with additional needs. She is qualified to Masters level in SEND.
Teaching Assistants within the Learning Support Department hold recognised National Vocational Qualification Teaching Assistant Certificates at levels 2 and 3.
Specialist subject teaching assistants are also employed in Mathematics. Specialists from outside agencies will support your child as and when required.
In addition to the specialist staff in school your child may also receive support from Peer Listeners, as well as other adults within the school – Form tutors and Heads of Year all play an important part and we aim to work together to provide a joined up approach.
Q. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school?
A. The Head of Year 7, Mr Wright, has developed close links with the feeder primary schools. He visits each school during the summer term in order to meet the year 6 students who will be joining Queen Elizabeth’s in September. He will liaise with the Learning Support Coordinator as required.
The Learning Support Coordinator will also attend year 6 review meetings for students who already have an identified SEND.
In addition to the Year 6 Induction Day, which is held in July for some students, an individualised transition programme may be needed. The Learning Support Coordinator will prepare this in consultation with parents and students. Visits to the school prior to induction day, school maps and introductions to key staff can be arranged.
Students are admitted to other year groups, if places are available, on the basis of school reports and tests administered by the Headteacher. Applicants will need to demonstrate their ability to benefit from a grammar school education. If your child has met this criteria and has an identified special educational need the Learning Support Coordinator will liaise with student, parent and other adults who are involved with the transition.
For further information please see the Learning Support area on the website.