SEND School Offer

At ALNS we believe that all children and young people are entitled to an education that enables them to achieve their best.

We will encourage students to enjoy their learning and leisure activities to help them lay the foundation for a happy adult life.

Staff are committed to providing a suitable curriculum to meet the needs of all of our students.

Staff will actively work to ensure that students are safe in all aspects of their life, establishing a secure and supportive environment in which to grow and develop.

How and what will my child be taught?

At Admiral Lord Nelson School we strongly believe in educating the whole child and developing skills essential for them to lead a successful and fulfilling life after school.

At ALNS we teach a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum accessible for all students and promoting high expectations.

It is differentiated to promote engagement and provide appropriate challenge. It is flexible; continually adapting to the changing needs of our students; celebrating achievement and reflecting the community we serve.

The ALNS curriculum is delivered using a variety of teaching and learning styles aimed at supporting and guiding the individual development of each student.

You can read the full ALNS SEND Policy document here and the latest SEND Information Report here.

Who are students with Special Educational Needs?

At ALNS we recognise students as having Special Educational Needs if they have:

  • a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age
    or
  • a disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools.

How does the school identify Special Educational Needs (SEN)?

At ALNS we use all of the information available to us to help us understand the full picture.

This may include:

  • transition information from a previous school,
  • reports from specialist teachers and outside agencies,
  • formal test results and assessments.
    (e.g. All students in Year 7 will complete Maths and English baseline assessments which will identify students who would benefit from a numeracy or literacy intervention programme).

At ALNS teachers make regular assessments of all students and identify students making less than expected progress in relation to others of the same age and circumstances. The social needs of students are also regularly reviewed by tutors.
At ALNS students with Special Educational Needs may be characterised by progress which:

  • Is significantly slower than peers starting from the same baseline
  • Fails to match or better the student’s previous attainment

What should I do if I am worried about my child’s learning?

At ALNS we welcome your views about your child’s learning and wellbeing. If you are worried about your child’s learning or wellbeing please talk to us.

We will listen to what you say and together make a decision about what to do next.

The first person to talk to will be your child’s tutor. The tutor will be able to offer advice about how to access relevant information or support, or if necessary find out more information from specialist staff and discuss any additional options further with you.

What kind of support is available?

You can find full information on the kind of support available on the below page:

SEND Support

How are staff trained to support my child’s needs?

At ALNS teaching and learning and the progress made by students with Special Educational Needs or Disability (SEND) is a core part of the professional development of all staff

Any related staff development needs are identified and addressed throughout the year and annually in the School Improvement Plan.

Expertise and resources to address SEND are regularly reviewed and built upon to improve whole school provision through the School Improvement Plan.

What happens if my child needs extra support?

You can find more information about the extra support available at Admiral Lord Nelson School on the below link:

Extra Support at ALNS

Who do I talk to if I still feel concerned?

Contact your child’s tutor to receive an up date on your child’s progress. The tutor will be able to offer further advice about how to access relevant information or support, and if necessary find out more information from specialist staff and discuss any additional options further with you.