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) – aCo-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 7 or KS3 Pastoral Leader
- Chessbrook Stage 2 - Co-ordinated by the Head of Year 7 or KS3 Pastoral Leader
- Welfare support - Co-ordinated by the Welfare Officer
- Medical support – School Matron
- On report to pastoral leader – Co-ordinated by the Head of Year 7 or KS3 Pastoral Leader
- Parent Support Worker – Co-ordinated by the Head of Year 7 or KS3 Pastoral Leader
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 Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader
- 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 Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader
- Chessbrook Stage 2 - Co-ordinated by Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader
- Welfare support – Co-ordinated by Welfare Officer
- Medical support – School Matron
- On report to pastoral leader – Co-ordinated by Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader
- Parent Support Worker – Co-ordinated by Key Stage 4 Pastoral Leader
Further information about SEND including our policy can be found here.
We recognise that it is important for more able, gifted and talented students to be accelerated beyond the curriculum in order to challenge themselves further.
The aim of the school’s Exceptional Performance (EP) Programme is to provide support and development for those students who show potential for excellence in school subjects. All students in the school are monitored throughout Year 7 and 8. A small cohort of approximately 5-10 students within a year group are enrolled from mid-Year 9. Only students who are considered to be exceptionally able within the national context for an academic, artistic or sporting discipline are enrolled onto the full EP programme. Through one-to-one mentoring and careful consideration of student needs, the programme aims to ensure options and extra-curricular opportunities offer appropriate breadth, depth and challenge and lead students to high attaining pathways beyond KS5. Some opportunities provided within particular disciplines are offered to a slightly wider group of students extending beyond the core EP members.
The allocation of all academic provision and support is reviewed termly by the Senior Leadership Team. Parents are encouraged to speak to their child’s class teacher first if they have any concerns regarding progress or attainment.