Teaching, Learning & Assessment

At Testwood we use data to accurately track student progress. Your child will be set challenging targets. Our challenge is to support your child in attaining the targets.

Here are some practical examples:

We develop learning programmes with parents and the student when facing new challenges within SEND.

We have a nurture group for year 7 to help more vulnerable students adjust to Secondary School life.

We have an excellent transition programme for students in year 6 and work very closely with the feeder primary schools to ensure students feel happy and confident in Year 7.

We have a SEAL programme to support specific students with social skills, anxiety and anger management.

We work with Youth and Family Matters to provide mentoring to students experiencing difficulties both within and outside school

Teaching and Learning for identified students

At Testwood we are committed to providing a high quality and inclusive education for all students. Our teachers regularly share good practice during whole school staff and department meetings. This allows all staff to work together to overcome barriers to learning,

Additionally to high quality inclusive teaching, some students will require additional intervention and support to ensure that they get back on-track.

How is the decision made about the type and how much support my child will receive?

The aim of our provision is to identify and assess the SEND and to plan the provision needed for each young person to be successful.

At Testwood we have identified three categories of need;

Wave 1students will require some intervention to ensure that they get back on-track in terms of their attainment in literacy and numeracy, social and behavioural needs or students who had additional needs such as being looked after. Wave 1 is support which is designed to increase rates of progress and secure learning for groups of students, putting them back on course to meet or exceed national expectations. – For example:

– extra support in lessons,
– catch up session’s afterschool,
– homework club

Wave 2 students will have some outside agency support in place for example CAMHS, medical professionals or Counselling who will inform us about how best to ensure progress. At Wave 2, students will have their needs addressed through inclusive teaching and in addition, will receive specific targeted approaches in terms of a SEND intervention. – For example:

–          being part of a small group intervention for to improve reading/spelling skills
–          group sessions to improve social and emotional literacy,
–          specialist maths support sessions

Wave 3 students will have an EHCP or have severe and complex needs such as being a new arrival in the country and not being able to speak any English. Wave 3 is support which will accelerate and maximise progress and minimise performance gaps. Wave 3 may entail one-to-one or very small group support to ensure that students achieve very specific targets. – For example:

–          1-1 support
–          precision teaching of spelling and reading and times tables
–          1-1 SEAL for social and emotional literacy
–          Counselling

Some young people may need extra support to achieve their learning potential. If this is the case then this is what we will do.

We will assess the needs of that student to clearly identify their area of need.

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