Additional Learning Needs

Last modified 16/12/2009 15:35
Developing the whole person at our School
 
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Dylan Thomas Community School is a place where children can feel safe and happy. Pupils can only achieve their best when they are secure and feel valued by the people around them.  All pupils belong to a mixed Tutor Group under the care of a Form Tutor.
 
The overall guidance is the responsibility of the Head of Year who has responsibility for the academic and social progress of the pupils within the year group. We place high value on the role of the form tutor and this member of staff plays a vital role ensuring the overall well-being of our pupils.

As a school we pride ourselves upon the range of support offered to remove potential barriers to learning. 
Our innovative and successful Behaviour for Learning support team encourage pupils to overcome any emotional and social problems they may have, while the school is firm in stopping bullying and encourages a climate of “telling” to give children confidence that they will be listened to and supported.

 
Additional Learning Needs
 
There are two specialist teaching facilities at Dylan Thomas Community School. The Specialist Teaching Facility for pupils with moderate to severe learning difficulties has been an integral part of the school since it opened in 2001.

The newly built Derek Roberts Centre provides an education for children who are identified as having additional learning needs associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Pupils who experience difficulties in their learning are supported by a variety of strategies. We have a considerable number of Teaching Assistants who work in classrooms and we carefully track the progress of all of our pupils ensuring that we meet their needs. We take care to ensure that we fully meet the needs of pupils who are very able, for whom English is an additional language and for those who need intensive support. We have a Literacy Centre that is staffed full-time by a Literacy Co-ordinator and assistants; staff have qualifications to teach children with dyslexia and two other staff provide intensive literacy tutoring through the centre.

 
Inclusion Policy for Pupils with Additional Learning Needs
 
The means by which the school upholds the principles and practice enshrined in the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice for Wales and the Disability and Discrimination Act 2001, is through the Inclusion Policy for pupils with Additional Learning Needs (ALN).

This policy aims to ensure that all pupils are given the support, guidance and resources to enable them to achieve their full potential.

 
Equal Opportunities and Disabled Pupils
 
At Dylan Thomas Community School we are committed to ensuring equality of education and opportunity for disabled pupils, staff and all those receiving services from the school. Our approach reflects the social model of disability, which sees society and its structures as disabling individuals rather than the ‘problem’ lying with the disabled person and their impairment.  We aim to develop a culture of inclusion and diversity in which people feel free to disclose their disability and to participate fully in school life. The achievement of disabled pupils and students will be monitored and we will use this data to raise standards and ensure inclusive teaching. We will make reasonable adjustments to make sure that the school environment is as accessible as possible. We believe that diversity is a strength, which should be respected and celebrated by all those who learn, teach and visit here.  Our school is fully accessible to children with disabilities and we are proud of our inclusive practice. We maintain vigilance to ensure that we continue to provide equal opportunities for all.