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Personalised Support

At St Clement Danes School we are committed to meeting the needs of all students to ensure that they make the best possible progress. As all students progress at different rates, there may be times when a teacher feels that an individual may benefit from additional support. Such support could be provided in class or as a separate activity. In some cases, this may be because we feel a student is not completely reaching their potential and may need ‘a little extra push’ or it may be to ‘catch up’ in a particular area.

Small Group Support

It may be appropriate for a student to receive small group support either inside or outside of the classroom setting. This is usually because a member of our teaching staff will be delivering a specific programme for the group of students to close any gaps or misunderstandings that have arisen in their learning. This type of support is time-limited, usually lasting for one term. We measure the students’ abilities at the beginning and the end of any additional support which shows us whether our actions have had an impact on the students’ learning. As an example, below you will find a selection of activities operating in Key Stage 3  & 4.

Higher Education & Careers Guidance Years 7-11

St. Clement Danes School is fortunate in being able to offer focused, targeted advice to our younger students about their future options when they move on from school. School guidance is delivered by a team of staff, led by our dedicated Careers Co-ordinator; currently the following opportunities are made available to students in Years 7-11:

  • Personal Development sessions dedicated to a range of careers, workplace and Higher Education topics and skills in Years 7-11
  • Work shadowing placements in Year 8
  • Individual careers and education guidance meetings for selected students in Years 9-11 with either a member of the school guidance team or our external consultant
  • Work experience placements for selected Year 10 students
  • Morrisby Profiling psychometric tests and follow-up interviews for students in Year 11
  • External speakers from a range of professional backgrounds for Years 9-11

Academic Support in Key Stage 3 (for Years 7, 8 and 9) is as follows:

  • Reading comprehension and homework support (Yr 7) - Co-ordinated by the SEND department
  • Literacy and Maths support (Yr 8 and 9) – Co-ordinated by the SEND department
  • Reading Buddies (Yr 7 and 8) – Co-ordinated by the Oracy/Literacy lead
  • Literacy Buddies (Yr 7) – Co-ordinated by the Oracy/Literacy lead
  • Maths Buddies (Yr 7) – Co-ordinated by the KS3 Maths lead
  • Franklin Scholars (Yr 7) - mentoring provided to selected Year 7 students
  • Sixth Form Mentors (Yr 7, 8 and 9) 
  • English Small Group Support (Yr 8 and 9) - Co-ordinated by the KS3 English lead
  • Maths Small Group Support (Yr 8 and 9) – Co-ordinated by the KS3 Maths lead

Pastoral Support in Key Stage 3 (Year 7, 8 and 9) is as follows:

  • Chessbrook Stage 1 - Co-ordinated by the Head of Year 
  • Chessbrook Stage 2 - Co-ordinated by the Head of Year
  • Welfare support - Co-ordinated by the Welfare Officer or Head of Year
  • Medical support – School Matron
  • On report to pastoral leader – Co-ordinated by the Head of Year
  • Family Support Worker – Co-ordinated by the Welfare Officer or Head of Year

Academic Support in Key Stage 4 (for Years 10 & 11) is as follows:

  • Core skills support – Co-ordinated by the SEND department
  • Prince's Trust Award- Co-ordinated by the SEND department
  • Franklin Scholar Mentors 
  • English Small Group Support – Co-ordinated by KS4 English lead
  • Maths Small Group Support  – Co-ordinated by KS4 Maths lead
  • Learning Skills & Motivation  – Educational Psychologist
  • Easter Revision Programme (Yr 11) – Co-ordinated by Head of Year 11
  • School Based Study Leave (Yr 11) – Co-ordinated by Senior Leadership Team

Pastoral Support in Key Stage 4 (Year 10 & 11) is as follows:

  • Chessbrook Stage 1 - Co-ordinated by the Head of Year
  • Chessbrook Stage 2 - Co-ordinated by the Head of Year
  • Welfare support – Co-ordinated by Welfare Officer or Head of Year
  • Medical support – School Matron
  • On report to pastoral leader – Co-ordinated by the Head of Year
  • Family Support Worker – Co-ordinated by the Welfare Officer or Head of Year
  • Further information about SEND can be found here.