Learning Support

Supporting students of all abilities

Support for students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is the responsibility of every teacher at Perins. However, it is coordinated by the Learning Support department. Learning Support consists of a team of dedicated staff who aim to ensure all students can access the full curriculum through inclusive measures. Expectations of all SEN students remain high and they are encouraged to work to the best of their ability and are provided with the opportunity to become fully involved in the Perins School community.

Learning Support offers help across all year groups and abilities, working closely with students who have Special Educational Needs (SEN). The different needs of students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, SEMH and ASD, for instance, are considered carefully. The department helps students through multiple means ranging from providing laptops and coloured overlays to differentiated resources and targeted literacy work. For those students with SEN, but who do not have an Education and Health Care Plan, the majority of support comes through inclusive strategies put in place within the classroom.

Learning Support works closely with the Guidance Team, the Heads of Year and outside agencies, where appropriate, in order to provide the most suitable support for individual students. The special educational needs of a student at Perins are not considered a barrier to learning but a matter that needs to be recognised, considered and worked with. Students are entitled to enjoy the full curriculum, regardless of additional requirements, and we do our best to try and meet each pupil’s individual needs.

Special Educational Needs and the Curriculum

Perins is proud to be an inclusive school and Learning Support and teachers work closely to ensure that those students with special educational needs are fully integrated within lessons and general school life. The majority of students with an identified difficulty can be catered for within the classroom through the use of inclusive strategies.

Those students with a more significant needs and those who are classed under government guidelines as those with ‘SEN support’, will have a variety of individual interventions and strategies put in place in order to support them in accessing the curriculum, for example, additional literacy lessons.

At Key Stage 4 (KS4) a variety of courses are available in order to cater for a diverse selection of needs and abilities including vocational, work skills and work related experiences.

Support staff are valuable members of the team who work mainly in the classrooms alongside teachers, supporting the many needs of individual students and their learning, but also support provide outside the curriculum ensuring engagement in other areas of school life. Support staff are first allocated to those pupils who have Education and Health Care Plans. The remainder of their time is then allocated where there is the greatest need. Support staff work inclusively within the classroom to support student progress and independence.

Support Staff manage the Homework Club which runs from Monday to Friday at lunchtimes 1.05 – 1.50 where they support students with additional learning opportunities. The Team Leader of Learning Support and SEN Coordinators is Miss Gemma Crowley, who can be contacted by email:  Crowley@perins.hants.sch.uk

For further information on Hampshire’s Local Offer and the new SEND Reforms click here: www.hants.gov.uk/sendreform