Additional Learning Needs

Cwmtawe is a fully inclusive school and we endeavour to provide additional support to all pupils in need. The process of gathering additional learning needs information begins during the transition process. The majority of pupils who have been identified as having additional needs are placed in smaller teaching groups to allow for literacy and numeracy intervention through bespoke, timetabled lessons. If required, additional nurture or literacy and numeracy support is also provided in small groups during withdrawal sessions. This arrangement is maintained throughout Years 8 and 9.

Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are drawn up provide guidance to their teachers. Teaching and learning is appropriately adapted and differentiated to meet their needs and individual attention provided when possible during lessons.

Able and talented pupils are also suitably challenged by the provision of extension work and enrichment opportunities to enhance their curriculum. Further details are available in the school’s Able & Talented Policy.

The Pastoral Support Structure ensures that children who have other additional needs or who may be vulnerable are also supported.

This approach ensures that all learners, regardless of ability, are able to realise their full potential.

Learner Support Centre for pupils with Dyslexia

The school hosts a learner support centre for pupils with dyslexia for Neath Port Talbot local authority. This is a specialist teaching facility for a small number of pupils with more specific learning difficulties. It is intended to cater for pupils from across the local authority with statements for dyslexia.

Pupils are integrated into mainstream classes and are withdrawn for individual specialised tuition at other times within the LSC unit. Mainstream pupils do not have access to these units – only pupils allocated places via the local authority’s Additional Learning Needs Panel.

Learner Support Centre for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

The school also hosts a learner support centre for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for Neath Port Talbot local authority. This specialist teaching facility caters for a small number of pupils with more specific learning difficulties. It is intended to cater for pupils from across the local authority with statements for autism.

Pupils are integrated into mainstream classes and are withdrawn for individual specialised tuition at other times. Access to this LSC unit is only available to pupils allocated a place by Neath Port Talbot local authority’s Additional Learning Needs Panel. Mainstream pupils do not have access to the units.

Accessibility

Cwmtawe was built with accessibility in mind and can cater for pupils with a wide range of disabilities. Parents of pupils with disabilities are advised to contact the school to visit and assess whether we are able to fully meet your son/daughter’s specific needs.

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