Individual Learning Department / SEN

Members of Staff and Responsibilities

Mrs Vicky Marshall – Director of Learning

Ms Claire Amor – (maternity leave)

Mrs Carol Clark

Miss Michelle Gaskin: Assistant Leader Post-16

Ms Linda Miller

The Individual Learning Faculty provides support and teaching for a wide range of additional needs throughout the school.

The ILD Transition group curriculum

English In years 7 and 8 students follow the schemes of work created by the English department – however a differentiated version is used.  For example, when studying a novel, the transition group will read a text that is more accessible to them.

In year 7, students will cover topics listed below:

  • War stories (creative writing)
  • Novel study
  • Indiana Jones (Non-fiction unit)
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Poetry
  • Oliver Twist

In year 8, students will cover topics listed below:

  • Gothic Horror (creative writing)
  • Tribe –students learn the skills necessary when analysing a non-fiction text through various texts about different tribes around the world.
  • Moving media
  • Poetry
  • Study of a Shakespeare play

In the transition groups, our overall approach to English lessons is centred around the following areas:

  • Regular Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics
  • Guided Writing
  • Shared Writing
  • Independent Writing
  • Speaking and Listening

Mathsin the transition groups, students will initially follow a curriculum based on KS2 objectives.  This enables students to secure their knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Number Patterns/ Relationships and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – Properties of Shapes
  • Statistics – data handling

Study Skills Students will have 3 study skills per fortnight.   The study skills programme aims to increase students’ independence and confidence as learners as well as encouraging a growth mind – set. The programme will have links to the rest of the curriculum and will support students to develop skills that are transferrable across subjects.

The programme will focus on developing skills in:

  • Leadership
  • Digital literacy,
  • Team-work,
  • Problem solving
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Communication

HomeworkStudents will be set homework for both English and Maths.

Daily reading

Read to an adult every day for at least 20 minutes.  This will be verified in students’ reading records.

Weekly spellings

Learn 8 spellings every week and write a sentence for each of them to show understanding of the word.

Weekly Maths

Learn times tables or number facts ready to be tested.