SEN: Frequently Asked Questions

How does the school identify young people with special educational needs?

We work closely with feeder primary schools and ensure we receive all necessary information on levels, targets, and support requirements of each pupil. The SENCo and Assistant SENCo meet primary SENCos before they start at Trinity School which allows us to get to know the students and identify any areas of concern at an early stage. Students complete a number of standardised tests at the start of Year 7, which give us a greater insight into their learning needs. These tests include CATs; reading tests. Students are monitored throughout their school career by teachers and our support staff. Any concerns are flagged up and dealt with as quickly as possible. If parents have any queries or concerns, they can contact the form tutor at any time.

 

How will school staff support the young person?

Each SEN Support Level student will have a provision plan, highlighting areas of support. We provide targeted individual support which may include in class support; a differentiated curriculum; small group and small group intervention sessions. Students are supported by their teaching staff, pastoral staff and LSAs throughout their time at Trinity School.

 

How will the curriculum be matched to the young person’s need?

Some students have additional support in core subjects, supported by the class teacher in conjuction with learning support.  While groups are mixed  ability, teachers differentiate the curriculum, some students may work in smaller groups within the classroom focusing on specific areas as identified by the class teacher.

This allows us to tailor the learning experiences in key subjects to the particular needs of students. Students are supported by LSAs and HTLAs who provide a tailored programme in literacy and numeracy and differentiate class work according to a students’ needs. In rare cases, students will have 1:1 or small group support sessions, for example withdrawal from a subject such as modern foreign languages.

 

How will parents know how their children are doing and how to support their child’s learning?

At Trinity School we aim to develop close links with parents and carers. There are a number of opportunities through the year for parents/carers to talk to staff. Reports are sent home after each assessment data entry point and more detailed subject reports are sent home to parents once an academic year. Parents and carers are welcome to phone or email staff at any time with concerns, questions or queries. Advice can be sought at any time from individual subjects and the Learning Support Team on how parents can support students at home.

 

What specialist services and expertise are available at the school?

The SEN Department has worked hard to develop close working relationships with specialist support services available in the local community and through the LEA. In addition, many of our Learning Support staff have areas of specific interest and expertise such as  Dyslexia; Dyscalculia; Autistic Spectrum Disorder; social and emotional needs; physical and medical impairments; social skills and speech, language and communication needs. The SEN Team also works closely with Trinity School’s pastoral support structure, especially our in-house counsellor, Early Help, Social services and Early Intervention staff.

 

How will students be included in activities outside the classroom and on school trips?

All students are encouraged to join clubs and take part in activities at lunch, break and after school. SEN Support Level students are monitored and special attention is paid to their level of participation. As a Department, we try to ensure that all students can go on trips they would like to attend, by offering support and guidance, including help with costs for Pupil Premium students.

 

How accessible is the school?

The site team is vigilant in making sure the site is safe for all users including those with disabilities. We have a disabled toilet and lift for student use.

 

How will Trinity School support my child to join the school and to transfer to further education?

We have close connections with our feeder primary schools. Students may begin visiting Trinity throughout their time at primary school, as our site is used by the local community in the evenings. In this way, they become familiar with the school. More specific work with primary schools begins in Year 6. Our SENCo and other team members gather information from primary schools at this time, and then meets the primary SENCOs to discuss students in more depth. This is then followed by further events for parents and students. The pastoral team also spend time visiting each student with at their primary school, either in lessons or in a small discussion group. During the last term of Year 6 we hold a Transition day where students get to know the school, teaching and support staff who will be working most closely with them.

In terms of Post 16 education and training, we work alongside students and their parents/carers to facilitate the move onto further education by supporting students and parents with applications for our own sixth form or to obtain places on appropriate courses at local colleges.   A high number of SEN students return to Trinity School for the Sixth Form. We are proud of the range and levels of courses available to students in the Sixth Form.

 

Whom can I contact for further information?

If you are part of the school community please contact your son / daughters form tutor initially.  They will liaise with SEN if appropriate.


To view our SEN Provision Map, please click here.


If you are in Year 5 and have an EHCP, then please contact the SEN administrator with your enquiry by emailing senco@trinitysevenoaks.com or calling us on 01732 469111.

If you are in Year 6, please do attend our open morning / open evening events and see what we have on offer. 

We would ask that contact is made via email or telephone if you have additional queries.