Welcome to the Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Department
At Mullion School we welcome everyone into our community. Mullion School endeavours to make available inclusive provision so that all students, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education and achieve their full potential.
Who are we?
All staff are committed to helping the students make the most of the opportunities offered to them at school. Some students with SEND need extra support to help them do this. The SEND department comprises of a strong and experienced team with many and varied skills.
SENCo Mrs Caroline Moore TA Team Leader Mrs Linda Brown
TA Mrs Sandra Bolton TA Mrs Issy Cobley
TA Mrs Tracy Geach TA Mrs Monica Hancock
TA Mrs Mel Hatton TA Mrs Nicole Humphrey
TA Mrs Lucette Kitto TA Mr Rob Parkin
TA Mrs Fran Pascoe TA Mrs June Povey
TA Mrs Debra Richards TA Mrs Linsay Simpson
TA Mr Simon Thorpe TA Mrs Michelle Tomkins
TA Mr Jason Trudgeon TA Mr Leon Wolfe
Some members of staff have also undertaken further training and are developing the role of Champions in specific areas:
Autism champions are Mrs Sandra Bolton and Mrs Mel Hatton
Dyslexia Champions are Mrs Mary Maddison, Mrs Fran Pascoe and Mrs June Povey
Where are we?
The SEND Department is based in room E7. Students are welcome to come to E7 during break and lunch times to eat, play board games and chat. It is always staffed by TAs, who are available to support students as necessary.
Who do we support?
The SEND Department supports students who have a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or have a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.
Some of these students can be supported in the classroom with strategies delivered by the class teacher, with the support of the SENCo. They are listed on the record of need as SEN School Support. Other students with more complex needs will have Statements or Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans and will require a greater level support. The current students with statements, will be assessed for EHC plans over the next few years, in accordance with the new SEND Code of Practice (2014).
What do we do?
The SENCo, Mrs Caroline Moore, co-ordinates the additional support for students with SEND and liaises with their parents, teachers and other professionals. These students will be given appropriate resources, strategies and TA support, where applicable, to help them overcome barriers to learning and ensure they are able to make good progress. The TA Team Leader, Mrs Linda Brown, works closely with the SENCo, providing administrative support.
Teaching Assistants (TAs)
The TA has a role within the classroom to help an individual or groups of students with their learning. The key aim is to encourage as much independent work as possible. Some of the things they do in the classroom include:
- Showing that it is good manners to listen when others are talking.
- Modelling how to do an activity.
- Ensuring behaviour is conducive to learning.
- Using appropriate resources to help them support the student they are working with, such as key words, glossaries, pictures, stationary, blank mind maps, calculators.
- Breaking tasks down into achievable parts.
- Encouraging the pupil to complete the work set.
- Using effective questioning to check the understanding of the student they are supporting.
- Working collaboratively with the student and help them edit their own work
- Scaffolding learning by asking questions to help students reach the answer.
- Ensuring the teacher is aware of the progress and/or difficulties that the student has in lessons.
In addition to the classroom support they also:
- Staff the SEND base E7 at break and lunch times.
- Staff the daily Homework Club run in room D9.
- Prepare resources to support students in the classroom.
- Support students personal needs when required.
- Provide Physiotherapy sessions as needed.
- Accompany school visits and trips.
- Accompany students who are in sporting competitions.
- Support students with work experience.
Where can you get further information?
- If you are concerned your child has special educational needs or disabilities please contact the SENCo, Mrs Caroline Moore.
- For more details of what we offer at Mullion School see our Local Offer on the website.
- The SEN Code of Practice (2014) document can be seen on the Department of Education website.