Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.
At Royal Docks Academy we believe that all pupils deserve access to Quality First teaching. We fully embrace the idea that provision for pupils with special educational needs is a matter for the school as a whole. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils, whatever their need or disability, make good progress through both pastoral and curriculum support.
The SEN department has a number of highly committed staff, which includes the SENCo, Assistant SENCO, SEN Specialist Teacher, and Teaching Assistants.
To ensure high quality support, TAs are attached to departments. TAs work across the school and in their departments to ensure that pupils who have SEN needs have the support and tools they need to become well-rounded pupils.
The SEN department works with parents, carers, teachers and outside agencies to ensure that pupils realise their potential to achieve, giving them in the best possible learning environment appropriate to the student’s needs and ability.
The SEN department has two alternative curriculum areas, one is KS3 and one in KS4. These are aimed at working with a small number of pupils in KS3 and KS4 who find accessing the curriculum difficult. Pupils in these groups may attend a mixture of small group work and attend mainstream classes for areas they are able to access. This is entirely dependent on the needs of individual pupils.
For some pupils with literacy difficulties we provide support through the RML Fresh Start programme. At lunch time we provide a quiet, calm environment in the Lunch Club for pupils who prefer to play games or complete homework whilst supervised and supported by an adult. Parents are encouraged to maintain a close working partnership with the school to support their children with special educational needs to achieve their best.