- Student SUpport
Student Support & Transition
Student Progress and Welfare – Who Does what?
These are the staff our students see every morning. They take registers, check uniform and equipment and ensure our students are well prepared to start their day of learning.
The Learning tutors follow a weekly Tutor Activity program which includes reading, current affairs issues, attendance and progress checks and a half termly tutor challenge. This half term, the tutor challenge is based on charity work.
The key role of our year managers is to support our students in their behaviour, attendance and welfare. They do not have a teaching timetable and are accessible to our students throughout the Academy day. As they stay with their year group from Year 8 through to Year 11 they are experts on these students and as such gain a huge amount of important information on them which in turn allows them to reach their full potential.
Achievement Leaders are responsible of the progress and welfare of all of the students in their year group. They work hand in hand with Year Managers and on at least a half termly basis, they monitor the progress and attainment of every student in their year group. They celebrate success through contact home, certificates and other rewards and where necessary coordinate the involvement of other staff and outside agencies to support learning.
Transition at Consett Academy
At Consett Academy we take time to ensure all students make a safe and seamless transition from Primary School into Year 7. Our transition programme runs from Year 4 up to Year 6 and beyond, culminating in a residential team building trip in the autumn term of Year 7.
• To help students develop new friendships and in doing this, building their self-esteem and confidence.
• To help student settle straight into the Academy so that parents are significantly less worried or anxious about this major change.
• For students to show an increased interest in school and school work by providing a broad and balanced curriculum that meets each individual needs
• To introduce students EARLY to new routines and so that they pick them up with ease once at the Academy.
Thursday 26th September 2013 Year 6 Open Evening
Thursday 19th June 2014 Year 6 Parent information evening
Monday 23rd June 2014 Year 6 Induction Day
Tuesday 24th June 2014 Year 5 STEM Taster Day
Wednesday 25th June 2014 Year 5 STEM Taster Day
Wednesday 25th June 2014 Parents of Years 3,4 & 5 information evening
*In addition to the Year 6 induction day, the SEN department organise bespoke taster days for students who are particularly anxious about the move into the Academy, this is co-ordinated by Sara Ebbing (Head of Learning Support).
Directorate Event Date
Sport/Performance and Technology/Art Year 6 (South Campus) Tuesday 24th September
Science Year 5 (South Campus) Wednesday 18th December
English Year 4 (North Campus) Monday 7th July
Humanities Year 5 (North Campus) Thursday 6th Feb
Maths Outreach maths sessions Feb Half Term-Easter 2014
Music Outreach music sessions Thursday pm
MFL Outreach MFL sessions Thursday pm
In addition to the above, members of staff from the Academy regularly visit the local Primary schools to deliver Maths, Music and Modern Foreign Languages to students in Years 5 and 6. Settling in- We place a high priority on ensuring our new Year 7 students have the best start possible by ensuring we place students in the correct Learning Tutor Groups so that they are with familiar friends yet, have the opportunity to make new friends with students who have similar interests.
In order to effectively do this, the Academy Transition Team spend time visiting each Primary School and meet with the Year 6 teacher to discuss the needs, likes and dislikes of each individual student.
We also ask students and parents to complete a short questionnaire about themselves which is used to generate an individual profile for each student. This information aids in the grouping process and assists us in ensuring a secure and happy start for each student at the beginning and throughout their time at Consett Academy.
Summer School-Over the Summer, the Academy welcomes all students who will be joining us in Year 7, to attend our Summer School. Summer School is a fun, enriching and exciting week where students can re-familiarise themselves with the campus and its surroundings, make new friends ahead of the term beginning and form relationships with members of staff in a less formal setting.
Team building Residential- In the Autumn term, the Academy subsidises a residential trip to an outward bound centre where students can consolidate new friendships, work together to overcome fears and solve problems in teams whilst having fun in the outdoors. (Photos taken on the trip can be viewed in the gallery section)
Sporting Events- Members of the PE department organise a series of sporting events throughout the year which encourage students from as young as Year 1 to attend the Academy to participate in competitive and non-competitive sporting events. These events are supported by students from the Academy who have gained their Young Leaders qualifications
What do the students think?
“At the weekend Year 7's went to Kingswood near Hexham.Kingswood is an outdoor activity centre. We were sorted into the groups and dormitories.
“We only stayed for one night but we did loads of activities in that time - we got to go on a zip line, quad bike, 3G swing, Jacobs Ladder (which is a giant ladder). We were exhausted when we got back - but it was awesome.” (Callum, Year 7)
“ I enjoyed my transition events because we were able to explore the new school” (Lauren Mitcheson, Y7)
“ I enjoyed my transition events because I made lots of new friends and I was worried about not knowing anyone at first. I especially enjoyed my science day when we got to hold real fire” (Mark Vinton and Tarran Vickers, Year 7)
“I enjoyed summer school because I got to meet my new teachers”(Joseph Carruthers, Year 7
“ I enjoyed summer school because the activites were fun and we got to know other people really well” ( Morgan Richardson, Year 7)
“ I enjoyed visiting the Academy when I was in Year 6, especially when we came to do CDT. This is my favourite subject as I had not been able to make things with wood before” (Katie Lewins, Year 7)
SEND at Consett Academy
Consett Academy is committed to providing a fully inclusive education to all students. The Academy recognises each individual students needs and works collaboratively to ensure every student is supported and challenged to become happy, successful, independent learners.
Consett Academy values to importance of positive transitions for all students coming into the Academy, moving through the Academy and ultimately leaving the Academy.
The Academy works closely with all local feeder primary schools delivering a wide range of transition events for years 4, 5 and 6.
Additional and different year 6 transition programmes run throughout the summer term of year 6 aimed at reducing stress and anxiety for specific, identified students.
Parents are encouraged to make an appointment to come and visit the Academy, meet key staff and discuss transition and support.
Similarly students are encouraged to consider their future throughout all key stages, working closely with Academy staff and outside agencies to ensure students, parents and receiving schools, colleges and universities are fully prepared for the move.
We work with a wide range of external agencies in order to endure the highest level of support for our SEND students. Some of those agents include:
• The Educational Psychology Service
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
• The One Point Service including post 14 transition support (formerly Connexions)
• Educate Develop and Divert Young people team
• ASD team
• Behaviour Early Intervention Team
• LACES support team
• EAL support team
• Crisis Response
• Home and Hospital Team
• Durham Schools Counselling Service
Teaching, Learning and Assessment:
Pupil assessment is on-going and vital in the support and development of our students, informing practise and provision. Additional to subject assessment all students are assessed for basic literacy and cognition. All assessments can be used as an initial referral to the SEND team. Any support or guidance given to an individual may be short, medium or long term, according to the specific needs of the student.
Consett Academy places responsibility for effective teaching and learning of all Academy students, including SEND, firmly with the classroom teacher, reflecting the principle that SEND is a whole Academy issue.
SEND team at Consett Academy includes:
SENCO: Mrs S Ebbing, MA, PGC, PGCE, BA(hons)
HLTA send: Mr D Hopper Level 3
CSW send: Mrs E Devanney, Level 3
CSW send: Miss F Fortune, BA(Hons)
CSW send: Mrs A McAskell, Level3
CSW send: Ms H Walls, Level3
CSW send: Miss K Wynn, BA(Hons)
SEND Directorate Representatives:
English: Miss L Burnhope
Maths: Ms S Murray
DT: Mrs D Whitesmith & Mrs G Anderson
PE: Mr C Fynes
Humanities: Ms R Harding
Languages: Mrs K Porter
Science: Miss G Braz
Consett Academy delivers a broad and balanced curriculum, which is, supported with a wide range of additional and different in-class and withdrawal intervention programmes. Programmes run before, during and after the Academy day. Time limited, targeted interventions, aimed at supported academic, social and physical needs of SEND students include:
• Therapeutic Story Writing
• Island Project
• Withdrawal literacy
• Withdrawal numeracy
• Speed Up Handwriting
• Brain Training
With all interventions, students are assessed at the beginning and the end of the programme to ensure student progress as well as to monitor the effectiveness of individual programmes of support. Key indicators for success include academic progress in core subjects, attendance and/or reading and spelling.