Additional Learning Needs
At King Henry VIII School student needs are largely met within the classroom though a universal provision that is clearly focused upon excellent teaching and feedback. There are however a number of students who require more targeted support to help them to develop essential skills, such as those associated with literacy and numeracy.
These individuals are enrolled upon short intervention programmes with experienced HLTAs, allowing them to access schemes of learning that promote rapid improvement in areas such as reading, writing, comprehension and the use of number. For those students who may be experiencing significantly greater difficulty than their peers in relation to literacy, there is access to highly specialised support from the local authority Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Service.
In addition to the support provided for the development of literacy and numeracy, it is recognised that there will be students who require varying degrees of support to help them to develop their emotional literacy and to ensure their wellbeing. At King Henry VIII School we have a dedicated Wellbeing Team that includes highly trained staff who deliver bespoke wellbeing packages and who regularly work with outside agencies to provide specialist wrap around care as required.
All students who engage with a support programme within school have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) that is made available to staff and that informs them of the nature of the intervention, along with suggested teaching strategies that take into account student views and preferences.
A child, or young person has additional learning needs (ALN) if he or she has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age. Students who require very high levels of support and whose needs are significantly greater than their peers may be placed within a small group provision class where work is highly differentiated and where they will have access to learning, support assistants (LSAs) throughout the day.
From September 2021, students in Years 7 and 10 without Statements of Educational Need who are identified as ALN and requiring specialist additional learning provision will be issued with an Individual Development Plan (IDP). This is a single plan that includes a description of the nature of the additional learning need and how that need will be met. Provision and targets will be agreed with the young person and parents/guardians (if the young person is of compulsory school age) and any other stakeholders. Listening to young people and taking their views into account to ensure effective provision and to secure progress is central to the production of an IDP. The IDP provides a record against which a young person’s progress can be monitored and reviewed.
Additional Learning Provision (ALP). This refers to the additional specialist support/provision that will be accessed by a young person with ALN. The nature of the ALP that will be offered to help a student overcome or mitigate a barrier to learning will be described in their IDP. Essentially, ALP consists of the actions that must be taken to ensure the student can access the curriculum effectively and make academic progress. It should also support the development of positive mental health.