Dear Parents/Carers and students,
We are particular proud at Norton Canes High School (NCHS), that we have built an excellent reputation locally for the provision we provide for students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). It is not, therefore, surprising that we have a large cohort of students with SEND. We currently have approximately 7% of students with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which is over four times higher than the national average. We have a further 11% of students identified for SEN support (SEN K) which is slightly higher than the national average. Of all our students, 10% have a diagnosis or working diagnosis of Autism which is over six times higher than the UK national average for children (1.6%).
As with all students in the school, every student who starts their education at NCHS, the expectation is they will follow the same education pathway, regardless of need. All students in Key Stage 3 follow the same curriculum and are offered the same options in year nine. This continues in Key Stage 4, where all students are expected to work towards GCSE and equivalent qualifications, although there are some students who may be supported by additional qualifications and pathways to best prepare them for Post 16 provision.
To support students with SEND with have an outstanding team who work relentlessly to ensure SEND students are supported and fully engaged in all aspects of life at NCHS. As SENCO it is my duty to guarantee the best provision for our SEND students. As a member of SLT, I ensure that, in all areas of school life, SEND is considered and accounted for. I also have an excellent Assistant SENCO who manages the day to day running of the SEND Department. We also have a team of teaching assistants/learning support assistants (TAs/LSAs) who support students with SEN in and out of the classroom and two who support students with visual impairments.
We also accommodate two support bases. The Hub is managed by a LSA who supervises “short term” provision for students with SEND, who may have difficulty managing the full curriculum. We also have two Resource Bases for Autism Outreach. The fantastic staff, within each Resource Base, support a number of students with a diagnosis of Autism, both in and out of the classroom. Application for places are through Autism Outreach and not NCHS. Further information can be found via the following link https://www.nortoncaneshighschool.co.uk/autism-outreach/.
As well as those within the Resource Base, other students with SEND are supported by our whole school approach towards SEND. The most important element is quality first teaching. As the vast majority of engagement goes on within the classroom, it is essential that all teachers are equipped with the tools to ensure the best provision for all students. At NCHS there is a calendar of education and training for all teaching and support staff on a variety of elements, to support students with SEND. We are particular excited about moving towards becoming an Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed School to support students with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. We are also taking part in the Autism Education Trust’s “National Accredited Training Programme” to further assist students with Autism.
To support students within the classroom, we also have twelve teaching TAs/LSAs whose remit is to assist teachers. Although many schools use different methods to deploy TAs/LSAs, at NCHS we currently deploy TAs/LSAs to departments they are confident in supporting. As their main focus is assisting the teacher, it makes sense they do so in subjects they have specialism in. Where students require more intensive support in an area of need, we have an Interventions Programme that is run by our Intervention Co-ordinator.
Parents considering a place at Norton Canes High School
If your child has SEND (especially if they have an EHCP) and you are considering a place at Norton Canes High School we strongly recommend you contact the school for a visit before applying. It is vital that you see if the school is right for you and your child. For a visit please contact Miss Simms on 01543 622600.
I hope this information provides some insight into the support we provide students with SEND. If you would like further information, I refer you to our SEND Policy and Information Report found on the school’s website https://www.nortoncaneshighschool.co.uk/learning/policies/.
Acting Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion
SENCO/DDSL/DT for CiC
Our SEND Team
Mr S Stokes – SENCO (NASENCO, BSc Hons.)
Mrs J Simms – Assistant SENCO
Mr N Lockett – Inclusion Support Assistant – The Hub
Mr S McDonald – Inclusion Support Assistant – Intervention Co-ordinato
Mrs W Fowler -Teaching Assistant – Visual Impaired Team
Miss K Rees – Inclusion Support Assistant – Visual Impaired Team
Mrs C Bacon – Teaching Assistant
Mr E Haynes – Inclusion Support Assistant
Miss A Lane – Inclusion Support Assistant
Miss R Wilding – Inclusion Support Assistant
Mr T Mason – Inclusion Support Assistant
Mrs J Smith – Inclusion Support Assistant
Mrs J Manton – Inclusion Support Assistant
Mr M Roberts – Apprentice Teaching Assistant
We have a variety of specialism between us including:
Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC)
What is Staffordshire’s Local Offer?
Staffordshire’s Local Offer provides information in one place for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and professionals.
The Local Offer includes information on local services to help children, young people, parents and carers make choices about the support they receive. Please find the full offer through the link above or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or visit the website for Staffordshire Connects Staffordshire Learning Infrastructure Framework for students with special educational needs.
Staffordshire County Council has a clear vision that we want to make real for the whole county – a Connected Staffordshire, where everyone has the opportunity to prosper, be healthy and happy. In our strategy Achieving Excellence in Learning and Skills 2014-2016 we have set out our strategic approach to ensure that every child or young person in our area gets the good standard of education that is essential as a foundation to living a healthy, happy and prosperous life.
Every child deserves a good education. The right foundation of learning and skills is vital for our young people. It will help them access good jobs and live healthier, happier and independent lives.
We have created a learning infrastructure framework. It aims to set out how those who provide childcare or education can work together. We will make best use of the time and money we have. We will offer families choice in first class education and childcare, close to home, when they need it.