At Fearns Community Sports College we are committed to meeting the special educational needs of pupils and ensuring that they make good progress. The school follows the SEN Code of Practice (2014) to ensure disabled pupils have access to all curriculum teaching/facilities and liaises with outside agencies for specialist information and support.
Teaching Assistants accompany and support pupils with learning and physical disabilities in lessons and around school. It is the policy of the school, that all pupils, regardless of their disability, have full access to the life of the school.
Key Stage 3
All curriculum support classrooms and offices are on the ground floor in an accessible part of the school. Pupils who need extra help with literacy and numeracy are taught in small groups. Extra one-to-one time is also provided for specific difficulties applicable to the pupils individual requirements.
Teaching Assistants also mentor pupils. Pupils are encouraged to join in the “SENATOR” scheme to assist with pupil voice within the department.
In Year 7 a link group is also available to offer extra support to some pupils with the transition from primary school to high school.
Key Stage 4
Support continues for pupils in lessons and one to one time as well as offering – ASDAN accredited short courses and functional skills – AQA accredited as an option for pupils to choose.
Within these courses life skills is offered as a practical, work-related course that allows pupils to develop useful skills in managing their lives after education.
This course is designed to encourage pupils to develop the personal skills and qualities needed for work. Pupils collect evidence of their progress through different challenges to compile a portfolio of work.
Life skills is assessed entirely through coursework. Pupils have the option of undertaking a certificate in ICT, farming, care, catering, office practice, motor vehicles, employability skills, sports and fitness and work skills. Pupils are also given the opportunity to undertake functional skills in ICT, English and maths and these are awarded at level 1 or 2 which is GCSE equivalent.
Specialist support staff communicate with parents and families on a regular basis via home visits, phone calls and meetings in school. Lunchtime support is available to pupils and a homework club is available from Monday – Thursday after school . Key Stage 4 pupils are escorted to college interviews to help with the transition from high school to further education.
Head of Department
Mrs S Clement