The Learning Support Department provides assistance to all members of the school community, whether through individual advice and one-to-one help, group or whole class support, advice to teaching and support staff or testing students to facilitate exam access arrangements. Some students arrive with diagnosed difficulties while others may be identified while at Bloomfield Collegiate though a process of screening and careful observation by our teachers. We pride ourselves on having an open door policy, and mentor many students throughout the school to achieve their potential.
Our current provision includes:
- Year 8 Accelerated Reader programme
- Summer Term small group literacy support
- Friendship groups within classes
- Parental advice on medical issues such as ADHD, Autism and Mental Health
- Parental advice on GCSE subject choices
- Training on ReadWriteGold reading software
- Referral to Educational Psychologist
- Testing for Access Arrangements
- Counselling Service
What to do if you are worried that your child may have Special Educational Needs (SEN):
Children do not all learn at the same rate or pace. Some may have difficulties with aspects of their learning from time to time but most children with learning difficulties do not have special educational needs. If you are worried about your child’s progress, contact the form tutor who will discuss how your child is getting on in school and, if needed, will address any concerns you may have. The teacher will also advise you on how you can help your child at home.
If, after a period of observation, the teacher thinks that additional provision in school is needed for your child, they will contact you to discuss this.
Please be assured that we have clear processes for identifying and assessing children with Special Educational Needs. Staff will strive to ensure that your child’s needs are fully met, whether they have learning difficulties or SEN.
Examination Access Arrangements
The JCQ is a membership organisation comprising the seven largest providers of qualifications in the UK. The JCQ provides a single voice on issues of examination administration and, when appropriate, qualification and wider education policy. These regulations for schools can be accessed on the JCQ website.
What are Examination Access Arrangements?
An Examination Access Arrangement is a provision or type of support given to a student (subject to examination board approval) in an examination, where a particular need has been identified.
They allow candidates with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to show what they know and can do without changing the demands of the assessment.
This can be in the form of:
- Extra time: students may be entitled to an allowance of 25% (or more in exceptional circumstances) depending on the history of evidence of need and the recommendation of the designated Specialist Teacher.
- A reader: a trained adult who would read the question and any relevant text (with the exception of the ‘Reading Section’ of an English GCSE Exam) for the student. The student would write the answers themselves but can ask for them to be read back to them.
- A scribe: a trained adult who writes for the student. The student would dictate their answers, or may type on a computer themselves with the spelling and grammar check off.
- Word processor: for exceptional reasons, a student may be given access to a computer for an examination so they can word process their answers (without the spell and grammar check facility). This cannot be because a student types faster than they write or because they prefer it, but must be to account for significant disadvantage.
- Rest breaks: where students are permitted to stop for short break/s during the examination and the time stopped is added to the finish time, with the effect of elongating the examination but not actually using any extra time.
- Prompter: where a student has little sense of time or loses concentration easily, a trained adult can prompt them with a few permitted phrases to refocus, move the student on to the next question or indicate how much time is left.