Learning Support Department
Profile of Learning Support Department
The Learning Support Department believes that students with Special Educational Needs at our school will receive the best education, have the highest expectations for the quality of their work and be self-confident in their learning and their ability to be the best that they possibly can be. Our priority is excellence; so that all of our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to release their full potential so they can go on to change the world for the better.
The department provides additional support for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). SEND students will have School Support, or have a statement/EHCP. Approximately 24% of students at Plumstead Manor School have SEND. Many of our students have complex needs covering a variety of differences across a broad spectrum. These may include:
- Communication and Interaction
- Cognition and Learning
- Social, Mental and Emotional Health
- Sensory and/or Physical
The Learning Support Team aims to tailor its support to each individual student’s needs. Support offered has a very clear focus on working with subject departments, including assisting subject teachers in developing a variety of differentiated materials and strategies to enable all learners to succeed. Support is mainly focused on the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, but students may be supported in any subject depending on their needs.
The Inclusion Team which comprises the English as an Additional Language Department and Learning Support Department offers a combined alternative curriculum to Year seven students called the ‘Nurture Group’. Pupils receive alternate lessons in English, Humanities, RE and PD in small groups, where the curriculum is tailored to their needs. These lessons are taught by experienced and well qualified staff and are supported by specialist LSAs to ensure any gaps in their learning are addressed. In addition they receive intense literacy sessions to develop their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills.
Pupils are returned to mainstream only when they are able to access the KS3 curriculum.
Small withdrawal groups are offered for selected SEND students to develop literacy and numeracy skills throughout Key Stage 3 allowing them more targeted support. The department provides additional support for students with special educational needs (SEN).
To view Plumstead Manor's SEND Local Offer document click here
To view Royal Greenwich SEND Local Offer click here