Students with special educational needs are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. They are fully integrated into mainstream classes, although some extra help may be given, in much smaller groups, for those students who need additional support. Some students may need extra help with reading only and they take part in a Paired Reading Scheme.
Staff from the Special Needs Department also work alongside subject teachers to provide extra help in class.
The progress of students with Special Educational Needs is monitored and reviewed regularly. Parents' views are extremely important when progress is being reviewed and parents are invited, on a regular basis, to appropriate meetings.
If appropriate, children with statements of Special Educational Needs receive individualised teaching from a member of staff specifically employed to teach those children. Students with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) remain in mainstream classes but their progress is monitored and extra help may be given if required. Many of these students are entitled to concessions in examination work. Staff in the Special Needs Department welcome parental involvement and support.
The staff in the department liaise closely with the feeder junior school enabling students to make a comfortable transition into Lincoln Castle Academy.
This year Lincoln Castle Academy is centralising all of the interventions that take place across the school. Through solid analysis of data and from conversations with teachers we will be quickly identifying students in need of support across all subjects and implementing effective strategies to ensure any barriers to learning are removed and knowledge gaps strengthened. We have a team of dedicated support staff available to support students in a range of different capacities (i.e. one-to-one support, small group work, in class support, etc.) and are expanding our support network by incorporating a number of subject-specific teachers to strengthen our support base. With the ability to identify students and their needs quickly and efficiently, we will ensure that they will never get ‘left behind in learning’, but that we will be able to develop confidence within each student which they can apply within their classes.
Frequently Asked Questions
In the first instance speak to your child’s form tutor and explain your concerns. If you are still concerned then arrange to speak to Emma Drury the school’s SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator).
We will listen to your concerns and discuss with you the situation; we value having open and honest conversations with parents. If necessary we will set up a meeting to do this. Over an agreed length of time your concerns will be looked into and information will be shared between school and home to try and build a complete picture of any issue or concern. A follow-up meeting will then be arranged to discuss any next steps to be taken.
Based on the information we have gathered about your child’s academic progress and personal progress the form tutor and Mrs Drury will then decide if your child needs extra support. Parents/carers and the child will all then be involved in a discussion to look at ways to support your child.
If your child requires more support then we use a personal profiler to identify the needs of the child and, if appropriate, set targets. This is done in collaboration with both the student and the parents/carers. This will then be reviewed on an agreed timescale. Any additional support will be recorded on the school provision map, showing support provided across the school.
Your child will be supported by: Form tutor, Subject teachers, Members of the Student Intervention Team which includes the SENCo, teaching assistants, counsellors, mentors and teachers.
Mrs Drury is a qualified SENCo and holds the National SENCo Qualification. She also has an Elklan qualification in Speech and Language Support for 11-16s and has been trained to deliver the Fresh Start Literacy intervention programme for struggling readers. Mrs Drury teaches English and Creative Writing and provides targeted literacy intervention throughout the school.
Mr Jonathan Farr is the Head of Intervention at Lincoln Castle Academy and works offers intervention support, specifically in numeracy. He is working towards a qualification in dyscalculia.
Mrs Emma Jones is a qualified HLTA (High Level Teaching Assistant) and assistant SENCo. She co-ordinates all our testing for dyslexia and dyscalculia in addition to managing the Fresh Start programme, which is offered to targeted groups of students.
Ms Jane Howlett is a student mentor who has completed training on supporting teenage girls and has an Elklan qualification for working with students who have speech and language difficulties.
Mrs Gina Moir is a qualified teaching assistant who specialises in supporting students with dyslexia throughout the school.
Miss Megan Deighton is a qualified teaching assistant who specialises in supporting students who have speech, language and communication needs.
Ms Tracey Roberts is a trained counsellor who works with students on a part-time basis and also works as a teaching assistant who works with many students on the autistic spectrum.
Miss Jess Hardwicke is a qualified teaching assistant who supports students throughout the school and offers handwriting intervention to targeted pupils.
Where appropriate the following people, from outside agencies, may be involved in supporting your child. They include:
Educational psychologist: Craig Bridge
Specialist Teaching Service: Leslie Shapcott and Ann Tait
Speech and Language Support – ECLIPS – Denise Chapman
At Lincoln Castle Academy the emotional and social wellbeing of your child is of great importance to us.
If we feel it is appropriate your child may have some additional intervention support and this may take place on a 1:1 basis or in small groups to help with your child’s emotional and social development.
In addition to support offered by the staff at the school there may be times when they will be supported by staff from outside agencies to help them with their individual needs. Lincoln Castle Academy works closely with these agencies to ensure healthy relationships are maintained and established for all parties.
The school rules, including rewards and sanctions, are used by all staff to consistently support children’s behaviour in school.
If your child requires medicine to be given in school then you will need to complete a medical form – please ask at the school office for one.
Your child will be asked their views throughout the process and will be taken into account at review meetings. They may be asked to draw, write or verbalise their thoughts and feelings.
Our broad and balanced curriculum has been designed to be accessible to children of all abilities and needs and is fully flexible so that it can be adapted to suit the needs of individual children.
Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of individual children and where appropriate adult support will be provided within class but we also have a Student Intervention Team who can work with your child on a bespoke programme to help support their needs – whether that be pre-tutoring on a particular subject or working on social skills. This may take place on a 1:1 basis or in small groups.
In Year 7 we offer a nurture group to assist some students with integration in their first year at Lincoln Castle Academy – the class size of this group is smaller and lessons are paced according to the students’ needs.
ICT is used regularly and we have a variety of specialist software available for use on the computers. Mini-iPads are available for use in a number of departments to help enhance our curriculum.
Classroom layouts, including seating arrangements and groupings of children are all designed to support each child’s needs.
Pupils are assessed in each subject every six weeks as part of the school’s rigorous assessment scheme; this allows the staff to reward students who are achieving their targets or exceeding them and introduce measures to support other students who may find some work more of a challenge. Results from these assessments are shared with parents every six weeks and we also hold regular parents’ consultation evenings at the school. These parents’ evenings offer an ideal opportunity to discuss the progress of your child with the SENCo and subject teachers.
If you feel you have a pressing concern that cannot wait for parents’ evening then please call the office to make an appointment to meet with your child’s form tutor or the SENCo.
We track all the students’ progress closely using a six-weekly cycle of assessment. This enables us to see how well the children are doing and compare the data to expectations nationally for their ages. We use all of the details we collect to inform our teaching and provide a clear and useful picture of your child’s progress and expected progress throughout the school year and beyond.
We offer a wide variety of experiences outside the classroom environment including poetry and author workshops, inter-school competitions, visits to museums, theatre trips and to places of interest – both at home and abroad. Within the school environment we offer the students the chance to take part in group activities with a group called Energise with the aim of boosting their self-esteem, social skills and team-building abilities. All children are eligible to take part in the activities and school trips and every trip is managed by staff and appropriate risk assessments are undertaken.
The school is accessible to wheelchairs in most areas and has a lift for one area of the school. Any further adaptations that are required for a child can be discussed and accommodated. There is an accessible toilet and hygiene suite in the school.
An accessibility survey is carried out annually.
We use a variety of technology to support the learning of students.
If your child is joining Lincoln Castle Academy in Year 7 then the Head of Transition will undertake a visit to the feeder primary school, meet your child and speak to their teachers to gain more information. If it is appropriate Mrs Drury will also visit the school and arrange transition meetings with the primary school SENCo and other adults who may have been involved in supporting your child. On some occasions we will also attend review meetings before your child joins us.
There are then a series of transition days when all pupils joining the school come for a period of ‘settling in’ time. If your child would benefit from some extra time in the school before joining then we are very happy to arrange this.
For children starting in other years or at other times of the year we would encourage parents to come to the school for a look round and for your child to spend some time with us getting to know some of the adults he/she will be working with.
If your child decides to move on – whether it be to a new area and a new school or to college/apprenticeship or job we will liaise with the new organisation and offer support to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible.
We actively encourage all parents to be actively involved in their children’s education.
He/she will have homework every night and this will be written in their planners. Please check this with your child and make sure work is being handed in on time.
Encourage them to use any strategies they have learnt in school to aid their learning in progress at home as well, this helps to embed the skills they have been encouraged to use. If you have any concerns about how to support your child please do contact the school for advice and support.
If you feel that you need further support please speak to Mrs Drury (SENCo) who can advise you who to contact. You can also contact Additional Needs at Lincolnshire County Council (01522 553332) or Parent Partnerships Service (01522 553351). For more information see: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/SENDlocaloffer
Mrs Emma Drury – SENCo – call 01522 526293 or email via our Contact Form (please include in the message “For Mrs Drury”).
Our Ethos and Values
At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value: