Work of the learning support faculty at Ashton Community Science College

Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are initially identified through liaison with primary schools and parents on the Year 6 evening or privately if preferred.

Further information is gleaned from Key Stage 2 SAT results as well as Cognitive Abilities Tests and Reading and Spelling tests taken at the beginning of Year 7.

Year 7 students are setted immediately for most subjects, a small set for the least able providing an ideal opportunity for the development of and reinforcement of basic skills in literacy and numeracy.  This is part of a conscious move towards subject based SEN delivery, which we see as more inclusive than withdrawal.  A new initiative to this end is for most Teaching Assistants to now be attached to particular faculties.

However, where students are falling behind, we will withdraw them for additional literacy work, many taking part in our Reading Recovery programme.

We constantly strive to raise academic standards for our SEN students and this is reflected by the fact that 80% of last year’s 35 Year 11 students who were on the SEN list achieved 5 GCSEs or better INCLUDING BOTH MATHS AND ENGLISH.

Room Seven is open at breaks and lunchtimes so that our more vulnerable students always feel that they have somewhere safe to go.

Deaf students are supported through our Deaf Support Department, who offer tuition within the department or in class - support as appropriate.  For further details please see separate detailed information.

Further additional support is offered by Lancashire Inclusion and Disability Support Service, whose Educational Psychologist and Specialist Teachers are regular visitors to our school.

Supporting our Autistic Students

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