Supporting Students’ Learning
Staff in the Student Hub work closely with the Progress Leaders, teachers and other pastoral staff within the school. Although teaching staff are responsible for meeting the learning needs of all their students, those who have an identified special educational need and/or disability (SEND) will be given extra support as needed. This may be in or out of the classroom and before, during or after school. We have a large department of Teaching Assistants, who specialise in a particular subject or skill, and who provide support in the classroom and also provide one to one and group sessions in the Student Hub.
There is a clear, established referral system which enables staff members to access support for their students; parents or students are also able to request support directly.
Students on the SEND register have a SEND Pupil Passport. This details the individual needs of the student and identifies how teachers might best to support them in lessons. There is a daily Homework Club open to all students and a range of other specific interventions detailed below.
Amery Hill is designated as an 'Accessible School' for students with a physical disability. This means that all areas of the school can be reached by lifts, making it possible for students to access specialised subject facilities. In addition to several rooms for small group and one to one work, the Student Hub has a therapy room and hygiene suite to cater for the needs of our physically disabled students. Staff undergo regular training in order to support the students. Our inclusive ethos ensures that all students can be accommodated in both curricular and extra-curricular activities, including educational trips and visits.
A range of interventions are offered through the Student Hub to support students’ cognition and learning, and social, emotional and mental health.
Rapid Intervention: During Key Stage 3 students with low literacy levels may be taken out of Modern Foreign Languages lessons to work on a literacy programme. In this programme, students focus on literacy skills through an online programme called Lexia. The Lexia programme identifies specific literacy difficulties individual to each student and sets tasks around these areas. Where a student is not able to make progress within this they are then delivered a one to one session in order to learn the skill in a different way. Additionally, students follow a reading intervention called Rapid Plus, where literacy skills are developed further by exploring key words in a range of ways along with developing skills in spelling and reading fluency. Students will also follow a numeracy intervention for their third lesson, focusing on the basic numeracy skills in an interactive way.
Lego Therapy: This programme is designed to encourage students to work together and develop their social communication skills by building Lego models. The skills learnt are transferable and may be helpful with many other social aspects of school life.
Resilience Intervention: The programme is designed to encourage students to work together and develop their confidence in managing a range of situations and challenges both in and out of school. The course identifies five areas of a young person’s life that need to be developed in order to support the building of resilience. These are: Basics, Belonging, Learning, Coping and Core Self.
Dyslexia Intervention: The intervention focuses on exploring strengths and strategies to use within the classroom which will empower the student to understand how they might learn best, as well as building their confidence and resilience.
ELSA: This intervention gives the student strategies and skills to cope in a range of situations and challenges. It addresses seven key areas that may affect a young person’s life: anxiety, self-esteem/confidence, assertion, social skills, emotional awareness, anger management and friendship skills. This is a highly personalised programme and thus the focus given to each aspect of these key areas will be tailored to the individual.
Managing Emotions: The programme is designed to help students to evaluate and manage their emotions in various situations, aiming to have a positive influence on their ability to manage their behaviour in school. This is an intensive and very personalised one to one programme led by a member of Student Hub staff.