Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Welcome to the Skills Development Centre
Many students will require some form of support or intervention during their time in school.
We liaise closely with our feeder primary schools from as early as year 5 but earlier if required to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible. Students are assessed on entry for reading, spelling, writing and comprehension. This continues through the school enabling us to intervene as necessary to ensure that students continue to make progress and achieve.
Our Skills Development Centre staff, have a wealth of experience working with students identified with learning, physical, emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.
The teaching of SEN was rated as outstanding by parents and staff in our recent Kirkland Rowell survey.
Please refer to our attached sections for further information.
Skill Development Structure
Eugene Clemence - SENCo Direct line 01209 203721
Deborah Nicholas - Assistant SENCo/ ELC Manager Direct line 01209 203784
Lisa Dove - Literacy/Numeracy Manager
Teaching Assistants / Technicians
Bev Vowell - Food Technology
Tori Weston - Science
Curriculum Teaching Assistants
Bev Bradley - Humanities
Julie Opie - BALI
Deborah Jones - ELC TA
General Teaching Assistants
WHAT DO WE OFFER? (To support individual need)
Teaching Assistant Support
Learning Mentor Support
Time Out Facility
Effective Learning Centre
Social Skill Groups / Anger Management
Pyramid Club / Self Esteem Groups
Read, Write, Inc., Fresh Start, Trugs
Oasis Room, for our Vulnerable Students, this is open before school, during breaks and lunch.
Testing for Dyslexia
Multi Agency Support
Speech & Language
Laptops—IPads (where appropriate)
Access Arrangements for exams
Alternative Programmes e.g. college courses,
Skill Based Vocational Courses
In Year 7, 8 and 9
Students with a reading age below 10 years will be withdrawn for 1, 2 or 3 lessons per week for Skills Development to help boost their reading.
In Year 7 and 8 some students are withdrawn from English to work as part of a small group to boost their literacy skills.
We use Read, Write, Inc., Fresh Start, the SRA Corrective Reading Programme, Toe by Toe, Trugs and Word Shark, amongst others, to help students’ reading improve.
In Year 10 and 11
Interventions will take place during tutor time.
Each student who is on the Record of Need at School Action Plus, or with a Statement of Special Education Needs will be monitored by a Teaching Assistant Key worker, overseen by the SENCo.
Individual Learning Passports (ILP) - These are drawn up twice a year.
Parents/Carers of students on School Action Plus or Statements will be invited into school at least twice a year to discuss their child’s progress and drawn up/review an ILP. Copies are in the student’s planner.
Students on School Action will have their ILPs drawn up in discussion with a member of staff.
We have a wealth of experience in working with children with a variety of difficulties, including:
Speech and Language difficulties
We work closely with Advisors in all areas to ensure the best for our students.
Expected levels of support in schools (Redruth Local Offer)
Is to work together with parents, carers, young people, teaching staff, Governors and other professionals to help our students achieve and make progress to the best of their abilities.
Our SENCO welcomes your suggestions on how to improve the service we offer to our students. If you have a concern and your child is working with the Skills Development Centre please contact her on her direct line number: 01209 203709.