Additional Needs

the best from each, success for allThe Additional Needs (AN) Coordinator is Miss W Hopkins.

On average, 25 – 30% of the pupil population of Cantonian High School are on the AN register. Their additional needs may include Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) such as dyslexia, medical difficulties such as diabetes, Autism, Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD).

Most pupils with AN are in the mainstream, but Cantonian has two Specialist Resource Bases (SRBs), one for pupils with Autism (called the Access! base, on B2) and one for pupils with SLD (in A1.3). Pupils in the SRB for SLD are taught in a discrete group, and pupils from the Access! base attend some or most mainstream lessons.

Pupils with AN may be supported by Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom, which depends on funding levels provided by the Local Authority. This support ranges from full-time 1:1 support (in very few instances); some with group support in the classroom; to programmes of support delivered by TAs such as 'STAIRS' or 'Phonics', aimed at improving literacy levels, which may involve pupils being withdrawn from class for additional literacy lessons.

Pupils with AN are assessed for literacy and numeracy skills, and information about individual pupils' needs is available on SIMS. Each pupil has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with specific targets for improvement.

In addition, Cantonian offers support for pupils identified with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD), including "On-Track" (formerly the Inclusion Room and the Learning House). Outside agencies provide counselling services for pupils three days a week, and close links are maintained with various other outside agencies such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).