Additional Learning Needs

The Additional Learning Needs Department’s main objective is to identify, assess and provide support for all pupils with additional learning needs.

The department is a busy, caring environment which provides a structured system of support. However, our main consideration is the welfare, happiness and progress made by our pupils. We measure our success in many quantifiable ways but the measure that brings us most pleasure and satisfaction is how each pupil achieves in spite of their barriers to learning.

We have a robust transition programme at the school and most pupils with additional learning needs are identified before they arrive at St John’s. Information regarding their additional learning needs is transferred in the latter half of the Summer Term prior to transfer. It can be arranged that extra visits are carried out following a successful application to the school. Also, our year 10 pupils arrange a transition party for ALN pupils which is always a great success!

Some pupils who may need some extra support will be taught by Mrs K. MacDonald in Room 33 for Maths and English lessons. The Department works in parallel with the Maths and English Departments, adapting schemes of work where necessary, focusing on basic skills whilst providing challenge.

MAC (Mix and Chat) club is available before registration (including fruit for breakfast) at break and lunchtimes to any pupils who would like a calm environment during unstructured times.

There are many interventions available for our pupils in the form of:

Literacy, numeracy, SpLD support;

ELSA, Eye to Eye, YEPS to support pupils with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties;

We also host a handwriting/ typing workshop weekly and hold homework support sessions daily.

We also have The Cwtch where pupils can be withdrawn from lessons to work in a quiet, calm environment.

Our school has access for disabled pupils including adapted toilet facilities.

Provision for pupils with Additional Learning Needs is regularly reviewed. Pupils with Statements are reviewed at formal annual review meetings to which parents and pupils are invited.

Our priority in the coming months is to continue to adapt our procedures in line with the new ALN Bill.