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Special Educational Needs
We work closely with pupils, parents and primary schools to meet the needs of each student at every level of ability
Pupils are completely integrated into the life of the school community and have access to the National Curriculum subjects and Religious Education at appropriate levels, Cardinal Newman High School has a Co-ordinator for Special Needs who is assisted by an experienced team of classroom assistants.
Support is provided at different levels according to need and may take the form of in-class support, differentiation of materials, withdrawal for intensive tuition in basic literacy and numeracy, the use of Individual Educational Programmes, access to specialist equipment or resources such as laptop computers, councelling and guidance sessions. In addition, we offer lunchtime homework clubs and a paired reading scheme with Year 10 pupils
Gifted and Talented
The school is committed to providing for its able learners through challenging learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The school has a Gifted and Talented coordinator who is in charge of keeping the school register up to date, keeping staff informed of current issues and coordinating the provision for able pupils across the curriculum. Pupils are identified as Gifted and/or Talented using a range of criteria including Key Stage 2 and 3 tests, CAT tests, classroom observations, work scrutiny and subject specific checklists. The coordinator also supports student registrations for the Young, Gifted & Talented website which is aimed at able pupils in the top 5% by ability nationally.
There are many different activities that take place in school aimed at enriching and extending the curriculum for able pupils e.g. revision lessons for GCSE students who are aiming at grade A or A*, workshops for smaller numbers of pupils covering topics from outside the curriculum, early entry GCSE for a group of gifted mathematicians, extra GCSE’s in languages and PE, theatre trips, overnight university trip to Oxford or Durham for a group of Year 10 pupils plus a range of after school clubs aimed at offering more opportunities for able pupils.
Young, Gifted & Talented Website
National Association for Able Children in Education Website
A small number of students may exhibit challenging behaviour; such behaviour can put these children ‘at risk of permanent exclusion'. For these students, the school has a Social Inclusion facility which is a behaviour modification programme designed to help students develop strategies for dealing with problems such as anger management, peer conflict or manage the expectations of the teaching and learning environment itself. Students on this programme also have access to structured Work Related learning programmes.