Transition Week 5

Welfare Support

Starting secondary school is a huge step for some children. Some students will find this move relatively simple, however for other children it could cause great anxieties. At Emmanuel College, we pride ourselves on ensuring we allow all children to access an education of high quality no matter their backgrounds or dispositions.

When students arrive at Emmanuel College, we will provide them with a log in to our online platform itsLearning. Here, we have a Welfare Page that provides weekly welfare updates. This could be hints and tips linked to mindfulness through to ways to prepare for exams.

In addition to this, we have highlighted a couple of useful links below for parents that will help you with supporting your child in the upcoming changes to their education.

  1. This website provides a guide for parents/ carers about mental health: https://www.annafreud.org/schools-and-colleges/resources/advice-for-parents-and-carers-talking-mental-health-with-young-people-at-primary-school/
  2. Our school website has helpful links and websites to resources to support with any welfare concerns you may have: https://www.emmanuelcollege.org.uk/parents/welfare-support/

We have also opened a new email address ecstudentwelfare@esf-schools.org.uk should you wish to talk to us about the worries you are having at this time. This will put you in touch with our welfare team and because it is unrelated to academic support, it could be used to discuss not only your child, but any worries you may have about coping with the changes that are occuring. Your wellbeing and safety are of huge significance and we want to support you if we can.

SEND Support

The SEND Department at Emmanuel College provides care and support for students with Additional Learning Needs. The department is headed by Mrs Scott, the Assistant Vice Principal: Student Support (SENDCO) who is responsible for overseeing the day to day provision of education for students with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.  Mrs Scott is supported by Mrs Murthy (SEND Lead) who then leads a group of Learning Support Assistants (LSAs).  At Emmanuel College, we have students with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and will always seek to personalise intervention. This may be through in class support, 1:1 intervention, support at break/ lunchtime or helping them access the curriculum through the use of adapted resources. Where a student needs more intensive or tailored support, they may spend some time working in the Alternative Learning Provision room. The department also coordinates Access Arrangements for external examinations, alongside Mrs Baker who is examinations officer.

Teaching staff at Emmanuel College have front line responsibility for meeting the special educational needs of each of their students, and for providing appropriate pastoral care.  Teachers are also responsible for identifying students with SEND and this practice is supported by regular staff training and development. When a student is identified as having a special educational need, the SENDCO will oversee the provision put in place for the student in consultation with the parents and student.

Students with a special educational need are highlighted on the SEND Register.  Following changes to the SEND Code of Practice, there are now two categories of support – SEN Support and students who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), formerly known as a Statement of Special Need.  This central document allows all staff to identify students within their classes who may require additional support. Some students, depending on the complexity of their needs, will be issued with a Personal Profile, drawn up by the IL Department in consultation with the student and his or her parents/ guardians. In a similar way to an Individual Education Plan (IEP), the Personal Profile sets out the student’s specific learning needs alongside ways in which staff can provide support, and sets appropriate targets for the student to achieve throughout the course of the year.

Many students are known to the department and may have specific needs such as dyslexia or a hearing impairment, however, only students who require specific intervention are included on the SEND register.  A separate list of students whom staff must be aware of and monitor is also held but these students do not have a difficulty which can only be overcome by extra work or special help outside that normally provided by us for our students.

Outside agencies with which the IL Department works closely include the Educational Psychological Service, Hearing and Visual Impairment Services, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Communication Difficulties and Autistic Teams, as well as Social Services in Gateshead, Newcastle and Durham the local area. The Pastoral and SEND Departments share information in order to support students both emotionally and academically.