Additional Educational Needs (SEN)
The Additional Educational Needs (AEN) department provides individually tailored support to students with additional educational needs, and advises subject staff in how to ensure that all students can access the curriculum.
We work in collaboration with students, teachers, parents/carers and when necessary, outside agencies, to ensure all learners achieve their potential and can fully integrate and benefit from the teaching and opportunities offered by The BRIT School.
The AEN department functions in accordance with the requirements of the latest SEND Code of Practice published by the Department of Education and the Department of Health. (Link to the SEND Code of Practice)
Statements and Education, Health and Care Plans
A Statement of Special Educational Need (now called an Education, Health & Care Plan*) is a legal document concerning students with severe difficulties, which is issued by a student’s Local Authority and is accompanied by additional funding to enable the school to effectively provide for the student’s particular needs.
This document is kept up to date via Annual Review meetings organised by the school at which the student, parent/carer(s), SENCo, tutor and Local Authority discuss the student’s needs and the appropriateness of the provision provided.
*We are in the process of transferring students with a Statement to an EHC Plan, in conjunction with their Local Authority.
Statemented or EHC Plan students are supported in various ways by the AEN department, according to their needs. This can be in the form of learning support, specialist equipment or other appropriate adjustments. Teachers are made aware of their needs and given strategies to help each student access the curriculum, and many are supported by an LSA, either in lessons or within the AEN department facilities.
Please see our SEN Information Report for links to your Local Authority.
Access arrangements for exams
Access Arrangements enable a student with significant AEN to demonstrate their subject knowledge and skills, without the barriers that would hinder them during an examination. For example, a student with very poor handwriting may need to use a laptop in order that their answers are legible, or a blind student may need their examination paper printed in Braille.