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Children may require additional support in school when academic progress is slower or has stalled or when their behaviour is disturbing others’ learning. For pupils with a previously undiagnosed difficulty, the school implements a graduated approach based on the guidance from Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s Children’s Services for SEN. This is based on an Assess-Plan-Do-Review structure.
If a child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), then the school provides the support detailed in the plan. Other pupils may not have an EHCP but may still receive support for a variety of difficulties including: Social, emotional and mental health, Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction or Physical and/or sensory conditions (the main areas of need).
School provision at Ranges 1 to 3 for each area of need is described in the SEND Local offer. The school employs a fully qualified SENCO for the Primary and Senior / Sixth form Phases. Pupils can access Teaching Assistant support and may benefit from an adapted curriculum.
The school supports every pupil who is learning English for the first time. We have a small and dedicated team of staff who will work with the pupil and their family to agree a broad, balanced curriculum with the right degree of challenge. Some pupils may be able to attend all lessons with their peers with support. Others may need more intensive English support for a period of time with the intention of integrating into all mainstream lessons as soon as possible.
Pupils who are fluent English speakers, but speak another language at home are supported through the school’s Literacy and EAL policy and procedures.
The Government define disadvantaged pupils as those eligible for the Pupil Premium. The Government provides funding, the Pupil Premium, to allow schools to put interventions into place to try to close the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their peers. At BGGS, interventions take three forms: General, Specific and Bespoke.
If your child suffers from Asthma, Anaphylaxis or has a chronic medical condition, he/she should have a Health Care Plan, issued by his/her GP / Consultant. Sharing these plans with BGGS enables the school to meet your son’s/daughter’s medical needs whilst on site.
The Senior Phase has a medical room which pupils can visit if they are feeling unwell. A qualified first aider will make an assessment of immediate needs. A member of the School Nursing Team is available on a weekly basis. School staff can make referrals to the nurse with parental permission. In turn, the School Nurse can make referrals to the GP, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) or other local agencies.
Pupils feeling anxious during the transition from Primary to Secondary schooling may benefit from Nurture provision. With parental permission, a pupil will spend one hour per day with a small group of her peers in the nurture room with the aim that they will return to the classroom full time after one term’s intervention.
At Key Stage 4, pupils with Social, Emotional and/or Mental ill health receive 1:1 support with the aim that this will not disturb learning. Other opportunities offered by external agencies may supplement support given by school, for example Art Therapy or self esteem building groups.
The Senior Phase PSHE programme is designed to help pupils develop resilience. Whilst lessons provide information about mental health problems, they can also focus on more positive methods of managing emotions.
BGGS regularly work with a wide variety of partners in supporting pupils’ needs. These include:
The School Nurse Team; CAMHS; Sharing Voices; The Cognition and Learning, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Behaviour Support and Autism Teams at Bradford Metropolitan District Council.