At Transylvania College we aim to offer an education of the highest quality; we believe that each and every student should be given the opportunity to achieve their best.
We want every student to get the most out of their education, regardless of any difficulties or additional needs that they may face. There are many types of special or additional educational needs, including the need for challenge and extension for the abler. If your child needs more help with learning than other children, this is not unusual. Having an additional educational need (AEN) is not always a lifelong problem, but equally, not all children who have AEN learn more slowly than their classmates.
We see each student as an individual and the initial support is provided within the classroom as teachers differentiate work and teach to the highest standard. When a student is not making the expected progress with this support, the advice is sought from the Additional Needs Co-Ordinator (A.E.N.C.O), by completing an Additional Needs Form (A.N.F.). Where appropriate, an Individual Plan (I.P.) is written to provide additional support from the class Teaching Assistant, the Learning Support Assistants and AEN team, who work within classrooms and in withdrawal, groups to support teachers to make the curriculum more accessible for all students.
An I.P. is written to support students to achieve their best, through an additional or a more specific approach. Support is provided in a variety of ways, by utilizing different approaches to learning, and varying resources or providing additional time with Teaching Assistants or a member of the AEN Team. There are three types of I.P. Behavioural (I.B.P.) Medical (I.M.P.) Educational (I.E.P.) All are coordinated through the Additional Educational Needs Coordinator (AENCO).
We work in partnership with parents to meet students’ needs and ask that parents attend I.P reviews at least once per term. It is important to note that the I.P. targets are used by students and staff to ensure ongoing support and progress.
If the concern is not resolved they will be directed to the Compliments, Concerns and Complaints procedure.
Over 90% of students at Transylvania College have English as a second language (E.S.L.). While most students confidently have access to the curriculum in English, others have more difficulty. These students are supported by class Teaching Assistants, classroom resources such as Word Walls and may also have an I. E. P. to provide specific support.
Behavioural, social and emotional difficulties have an impact on a student’s academic progress and at Transylvania College we believe in educating the whole person. As well as the Pastoral support that is included in the curriculum, additional support can also be extended to families through outreach programmes and additional homework. This is to support parents and students in areas such as evening routine, including homework, social and bedtime routines.