MC&MA (Boys) is highly committed to stretching and engaging its Gifted and Talented students. For this purpose we have a Gifted and Talented co-ordinator who works with identified youngsters to support their academic and emotional development. Gifted and Talented students are challenged through the curriculum and specific events that are run in the academy, locally and at a national level.
The academy provides excellent support for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). All staff are involved in monitoring their progress and a skilled team provide specialist help in a variety of ways. Teaching assistants provide support in mainstream lessons, but some students are withdrawn from their class to work in a small group or in a one-to-one situation. Much of this work takes place in our inclusion area, situated inside the main school building. Here, the aim is to equip youngsters with the skills they will need to reintegrate into mainstream lessons.
The Student Support Department also works closely with parents and with other agencies, such as Social Services, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) and EMAS (Ethnic Minority Achievement Service) to ensure that every child receives the most appropriate support.
At MC&MA (Girls) we seek to provide the best possible education for all students and devote considerable time, energy and resources to providing enhanced provision to those students whose needs demand additional support. Our emphasis is on catering to the needs of every individual student through greater personalisation of the curriculum, the provision of specialist help to support learning and the provision of smaller classes to enhance learning.
The Learning Support Faculty is a major strength of MC&MA (Girls), benefiting from the leadership of a special needs coordinator who is a member of the academy’s Strategic Management Team. Specialist teaching staff and teaching assistants support the learning of students with additional learning needs. Additional external support is commissioned as the need arises.
We cater for a wide range of students with additional needs. Some of the issues supported effectively include:
- literacy and numeracy
- English as a second language
- physical disability
- additional/complex behavioural needs
- gifted and talented
The Learning Support Team works closely with primary schools well before the pupils actually transfer to ensure their needs are clear to staff. We also work in effective collaboration with external support services and voluntary agencies who work with children individually or in small groups.