The Special Educational Needs Department at South Molton Community College aims to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum for all students, whatever challenges they face. We offer support and guidance to pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and bilingual pupils so that they may work towards their full potential. Our SEND team run the Aspire 2 Learn facility which offers in-class support to pupils with additional needs to ensure they can progress in their curriculum lessons. The additional needs of most students can be supported by Quality First Teaching within curriculum lessons. Barriers to learning are identified and appropriate adjustments made. Where appropriate, students are taught specific skills in short term withdrawal groups; sessions include support for reading, spelling, SLCN, social skills and numeracy. Students are also supported in Homework clubs. All students on the SEND register are allocated a Key Worker who will monitor progress and communicate regularly with parents/carers.
Our team also visits feeder primary schools prior to the year 6 transfer to ensure all appropriate support facilities are in place. Reciprocal arrangements are in place for primary visits to enable familiarisation of resources.
At the end of year 9, students are assessed formally to ensure all who qualify for Exam Access Arrangements (EAA) are identified. The SENDCo will apply to the Joint Qualifications Council for official arrangements as the students begin their GCSE and BTEC studies.