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Special Educational Needs at BTHCC

BTHCC aims to support all pupils to reach their potential, we firmly believe that achievement is for all. BTHCC is an outstanding school that effectively meets the needs of all of its learners; we recognise that pupils learn best where they feel happy and strive to establish an environment where learners are supported, challenged and have the opportunity to grow. Our staff work hard to support pupils with a diverse range of different needs; creating a fully inclusive curriculum which allows pupils to develop not only their academic skills, but also master the skills that they will need to be independent young adults in the future.

For children looking to join BTHCC in the future, we work very closely with our link Primary Schools, liaising and meeting regularly throughout the transition process to ensure that all pupils and their needs are known and understood before they join us in September. Members of the Pastoral Team and the SENCo will arrange additional visits where necessary to meet with parents and pupils to get to know them and discuss how their needs can be met.

All pupils with SEN are fully timetabled within the school timetable, including mixed ability tutor groups, ability sets and, in the later years, the option groups for the Key Stage 4/5 curriculum.

The school receives additional funding for pupils with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. This is delegated to meet each child’s needs according to their Individual Education Plan, reviewed annually, which is produced in partnership with the local Authority. Pupils play a key role in this review process and their views and opinions will help to inform our provision planning for the following academic year.

We have outstanding links with the Authority and many other specialist support agencies. We have excellent working relationships with specialists within the Authority and they regularly come into school either to advise on support, provided specific training for staff or to complete assessments with pupils. We value these links and recognise the importance of seeking out further support beyond our school environment to improve our knowledge and understanding of the needs of our pupils.