Students who have special educational needs are supported wherever necessary to achieve full access to the whole-college curriculum. This is facilitated through a range of access technologies including skilled staff, specialist equipment and resources.
Students have individual learning programmes designed to maximise opportunities for independent living in preparation for life after college, including preparation for work or continuing education.
Learning Support has its own suite of rooms called Trinity. Further support is offered to all students through the lunchtime and after college study clubs where they can benefit from individual help with assignments or extra reading sessions. We also run a nurture group. A computer suite is available for use at the after college study club.
There is group work in basic skills and support for students with English as a second language. For some students group activities help to improve their social skills. Booster classes are run to enable students to catch up.
Below are brief descriptions of the SEN interventions at either KS3 or KS4.
Specialist support for reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, and memory organizational and processing skills. This helps build confidence and gives strategies for promoting successful learning.
Dyslexic/Dyscalculia Type Profile (undiagnosed dyslexic)
Specialist support for reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, memory and organizational skills. Some pupils may be referred to the support specialist in Trinity who will assess the needs of the pupil and give the appropriate support.
Catch Up Secondary Reading Programme
Specialist support to improve all aspects of the reading process addressing comprehension, sight word knowledge, phonics and spelling.
Specialist support to help pupils to learn outside the traditional classroom, to learn about themselves in an environment that allows them to develop personal and social skills that can then be transferred to the classroom.
Nurturing group is a school-based intervention that offers specialist support for pupils with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. The pupils are taught by specialists to help pupils with a wide range of issues from purposeful attention, constructive participation, connecting experiences, insightful involvement, cognitive engagement, emotional security, accepting constraints, accommodating others, constructive response, maintaining standards, engagement, self-negotiation, attachments, inconsequential behavior, self-esteem, negativity towards others and disregarding others.
A specialist programme is tailored to the pupils’ age and interests. The intervention addresses both the pupil’s behavior and their communication skills and offers regular reinforcement of positive actions.
Social Skills intervention helps to develop the pupil’s personal, social skills and help raise their self-esteem.
Basic Skills Groups
These groups consist of pupils with a mixture of needs. They can be poor readers, have low literacy skills, poor social skills or behavioural issues. The groups generally work more successfully when this mix is used – the pupils learn from each other and need to be tolerant of each other’s needs. The resource used is ‘Wildcats’. It is a reading scheme with high interest books for lower ability readers. It is a programme developed to help with poor overall literacy skills – taught to pupils in small groups. Due to the often diverse nature of the groups the resource is adapted to cover more visual learning and comprehension – this gives the pupils the opportunity to speak, listen and learn from each other.
Literacy and Communication
These groups consist of pupils with a mixture of needs. They can be poor readers, have low literacy skills, poor social skills or behavioural issues. The groups generally work more successfully when this mix is used – the pupils learn from each other and learn the need to be tolerant of each other’s needs.
The resource used for Literacy and Communication is ‘Treasure Island’. The resources used are designed for SEN pupil’s and are a mixture of reading, sentence construction, comprehension, general knowledge and enjoyment.
The format is a booklet which the pupils work through – completing tasks using their different skills to help each other. The contents allow them to work at a pace that is not stressful but makes them take some responsibility for their own learning.
Handwriting support is offered to pupils who have poor motor skills or medical conditions that affect their handwriting. The aim of the intervention is to help pupils with grip, fine motor skills, strengthen their hands and ultimately improving their handwriting. Support can also be in the form of progressive resources to complete at home.
Precision Teaching is an intensive method of monitoring the accuracy and speed of a pupil's responses. Strategies are designed to take an existing skill, and increase accuracy and speed in order to develop competence. The goal for the pupil would be to increase his rate of performance.
The pupils who are selected are those who find it difficult to learn in the classroom and, instead, benefit considerably through access to learning opportunities that are available outside. The allotment gives them the opportunity to learn new skills, working on the land growing organic fruit and vegetables. They are then given opportunities to cook healthy meals using the crops they have grown and can apply life skills gained in English and Maths in these tasks.
We have a Trinity based ELSA (Emotional Support Assistant).
Mrs Sansom’s role is to support the emotional development of pupils within the school .She works closely with the Southampton Educational Phycologists, and other relevant agencies to ensure the best outcomes to the personal circumstances of our pupils.
Trinity runs a breakfast club each morning where students can gather, eat breakfast and socialize with friends. The club gives the student a positive start to the day.
Before and after school homework club
Trinity runs before and after school homework club each day. Students receive help to produce high quality homework and to help relieve any anxieties surrounding homework. The clubs are run by a qualified teacher and are supported by learning support staff. The club runs from 7.45 to 8.40 in the morning and from 15.00 to 16.00 in the afternoon.
Saints Community Champions
We offer Saints community champions to help support students and build resilience in young people. They aim to promote physical and mental wellbeing and to foster independence.
Saint George has access to an emotional health and well-being practioner, funded by the NHS and No Limits
Students can access the drop in clinic on Thursday lunch times. Students may also be referred for a series of 1:2:1 sessions through the school nurse.