Head of Learning Support and SENDCO

Miss McDade

I am the Head of Learning Support and SENDCO. Overtime, I have worked in specialist SEND schools and alongside Learning Support departments. I am passionate about helping all students to reach their full potential and develop into extraordinary young people. My role is all about supporting students to have the best learning experience during their time at Wellfield and making sure their needs are met. I work with the teachers in lessons to help with strategies to support students. I regularly meet students to discuss what support they need and challenge and support them in their learning journey.

Inclusion Manager

Mrs Batey

My name is Janet Batey. I am the Inclusion Manager in school but I also work across the Endeavour Learning Trust in two other high schools. I have been involved with SEND work since 2006 and have seen many changes, especially over the past few years. My strengths lie in supporting the SENCO, Miss McDade, in school with the processes and the associated paperwork required to get as much support in place as possible to empower the students to achieve their full potential. As part of this process I am also the Specialist Assessor in school, so undertake assessment of all students to consider their eligibility for exam access arrangements in their GCSE’s.

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At Wellfield, we provide first-class support for all of our students’ learning within the classroom setting allowing all students to make good progress. Our learning support team have expertise in all areas of learning needs. We offer quality support for a range of difficulties, including:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia 
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Physical Difficulties – including Visual & Hearing Impairments and other Health related medical difficulties
  • EAL students
  • Social, Emotional & Mental Health Difficulties – eg ASD, ADHD etc

We currently provide extra support through:

  • IDL (Indirect Dyslexia Learning), 
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health support through the work of the learning support team, our exceptional PDC team and via external agencies such as C&FWS.
  • Laptop provision for those students with handwriting difficulties or difficulties with fine motor skills 
  • RNIB Book Share to assist in accessing textbooks and reading books
  • PDC lunchtime club 
  • Learning Support liaise closely with external agencies such as CAMHS, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologists, School Nurse Team.

The learning support team work closely with teachers to offer support with strategies for interventions with students. Subject based intervention is usually provided by subject specialist staff, although most intervention takes place within the teaching classroom.

Where needed a Passport for Learning is made for a student. This is developed with the student and gives teachers strategies to support them as an individual in lessons and targets the student is working on.

Nurture Group

Generally, In Year 7 and 8 there is a Nurture Group for each year group. It is a small number of students (up to 10) who are identified as needing additional intensive support to allow them to access the mainstream curriculum more successfully. Students are assessed on their vulnerability, academic, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Special Educational Needs & Disability

Lancashire SEND Information

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