At Goresbrook School, we pride ourselves on providing high quality teaching and learning to all pupils, all of the time. Our pupils and staff thrive in a ‘no excuses’ culture, meaning our expectations of pupils’ behaviour and effort are never compromised.
We acknowledge that a small number of pupils will require provision that is different or additional to the majority of pupils in order to achieve their potential. These pupils are deemed to have special educational needs (SEN) and are added the SEN register. The SEN register is fluid and pupils are added or removed based on their individual needs and rate of progress at a given point in time.
Goresbrook School believes that the pupils with the highest level of need are most likely to succeed by accessing the best quality teaching and interventions available. As well as experienced teachers teaching smaller groups of pupils, we use research-based interventions such as Fresh Start, Stareway to Spelling and nurture groups, delivered by staff with the appropriate training to meet pupils’ needs most effectively.
As well as ensuring pupils’ academic success, we offer a comprehensive range of support, such as lunch club, Circle of Friends and Place2Talk, to ensure pupils’ social and emotional needs are met.
Pupil voice helps shape our provision and parents are kept up-to-date with details of their child’s progress, successes and any concerns that arise. We aim to work in partnership with pupils and their parents to ensure that any special educational need is quickly identified and that barriers to learning and participation are removed.
The SENDCO works closely with all teachers and teaching fellows to ensure the needs of all pupils are properly understood and met. Progress of pupils with SEND is closely monitored to ensure quality and effectiveness, and changes or adaptations to provision are made as necessary.
External specialists, such as Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, and the School Nurse, are consulted regularly for advice as to how best to meet the needs of individuals and groups of pupils. Regular training for all school leaders, teachers and support staff helps to ensure everyone has the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of all pupils on the SEN register.
At Goresbrook School, we believe in the power of growth mind-set. All staff work tirelessly to ensure that every pupil achieves their potential, regardless of background, prior attainment or special educational need.
SENDCO: Miss Wallis. Sarah.Wallis@goresbrookschool.org.uk
Barking and Dagenham’s SEND provision and support: https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/children-young-people-and-families/local-offer/