We aim to support all students with their learning in a range of ways whatever their needs may be. This support includes Coaching and Mentoring, Special Educational Needs and Support, English as an Additional Language Support, Enrichment sessions and Stretch and challenge support.
Plashet School is a fully inclusive school that ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum.
The SEND team is a large-team of specialist teachers and teaching assistants that work closely with mainstream teachers to ensure that students with SEND realise their full potential, including specialised, differentiated programmes where appropriate. We also engage the use of outside agencies so that every area of need is addressed and so that the student can fully participate in her education.
We have specialist teachers in areas such as autism, visual impairment and hearing impairment as well as speech and language. Our transition support extends to Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, and Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 which includes work experience and sixth form and college applications.
Our students participate fully in all events in the life of the school including trips out, Sports Days and special events such as the Christmas show. We have a key specialist from the Borough, who ensures that our students participate in all sports events which take place across the schools in Newham. This has been received very well by our students with disabilities, who have in fact, won awards and medals. The students were extremely proud and their achievements are celebrated on school displays as well as in the Plashet Post.
- A fully inclusive school that ensures that all pupils achieve their potential personally, socially, emotionally and academically in all areas of the curriculum.
- A large team of specialist teachers and Teaching Assistants work closely together with mainstream teachers, to ensure that students with SEND realise their full potential by supporting the learning and progress of students .
- Specialised differentiated programmes where required and appropriate.
- Exam Access Arrangements
- Specialist teachers in areas autism, visual impairment and hearing impairment as well as speech and language.
What is the Coaching and Mentoring Department?
The Coaching and Mentoring Department (CMD) at Plashet School aims to provide support for students to ensure that they make the utmost progress within their learning.
The team work collaboratively with all departments but most significantly with the pastoral teams across the school to support whatever challenges come into the lives of our students.
The team works closely with Year Coordinators, the school’s Attendance Officer, the Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Leadership Team. There is a Learning Mentor allocated to each year group so that students have a member of staff who, alongside their Form Tutor and Year coordinator, is able to monitor their progress as the year progresses
How can we support you and your daughter?
The team works with students and parents, in a variety of was to enrich, deepen and access learning experiences in the most effective and engaging way. We provide support in a range of ways including one to one sessions, groups sessions, workshops and termly themed events and activities. Our mentoring interventions have been designed in a purposeful and robust way to ensure that we measure progress across the social and emotional dimensions of a student’s learning, resilience and potential.
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The EAL department teaches students who are learning English and speak one or more other languages at home. Students with EAL receive a range of support depending on their level of English. The EAL department provides support for these students in different curriculum areas, working in partnership with subject teachers to devise strategies and resources.
Students may also benefit from a smaller English language or literacy class. These are small classes (from 3 to 12 students) which help students develop their English and understanding of the curriculum. Students are invited to these interventions according to their specific need and their progress is monitored closely. The aim is for each student to become a proficient, independent user of English.
There are two Induction Groups for students who are at the early stages of learning English. Induction Group 1 is for complete beginners who sometimes have had no formal education in their country of origin. Group 2 is for students who can read simple English and can write some words independently but need to develop reading for meaning and sentence construction. The course uses the Cambridge English materials and focuses on curriculum content. Both groups are timetabled for five lessons per week (one lesson each day).
Several interventions run during morning registration from 8.45 to 9.15 a.m. Monday to Wednesday
The Reading Comprehension programme helps students improve fluency in reading and develop the skills of inference. It introduces students to different types of text and encourages reading for pleasure.
Writing and Spelling
This intervention assists students in writing different types of sentences and organising their ideas. It also introduces strategies for improving spelling.
The course assists students in developing their ideas and writing clearly and cohesively. It develops the students’ ability to write for a range of purposes and audiences.
Students from Year 10 are trained to read with KS3 students to help them develop confidence in reading and improve fluency.
EDEXCEL English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Course
The EDEXCEL ESOL Course is an Entry Level Course for students at the earlier stages of learning English – qualifications are available from Entry 1 to Level 2.
Cambridge IGCSE in English as a second Language (ESL) KS4
The IGCSE in ESL is an internationally recognised GCSE qualification in English as a second language, for more advanced learners of English who would benefit from focused work on grammar, comprehension skills and extended writing.
Both of the courses are timetabled for five lessons over two weeks.
Lunchtime Study Support
EAL Study Support is available every lunch time in G26 for students in KS3 and KS4. Students have the opportunity to make a start on home learning tasks as well as revising the language and concepts covered in lessons.
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We have a programme for developing the learning of all students including those identified as Exceptionally, Highly or More Able (EHMA).
Students identified as ‘Exceptionally, Highly or More Able’ (EHMA), have demonstrated the potential to be high academic achievers. The progress of these students is centrally monitored and additional enrichment or intervention may be put into place to ensure they fulfil their potential. Teachers are asked to work with more able students in a variety of ways, to ensure that they are sufficiently challenged and stretched in their learning.. We believe that the more able students need to show resilience, confidence and independence. This means that they themselves need to enjoy taking responsibility for their own learning, overcoming obstacles and working through problems. More able students will be expected to take on leadership roles and to be able to self-manage and organise their learning around these roles and enrichment activities.
Being part of the EHMA programme means that your daughter will be targeted to engage with additional extra-curricular activities and enrichment. These activities are organised either by a curriculum department, the EHMA Programme Manager or by the senior teacher with responsibility for the more able. These activities will vary on a year to year basis, but will always include additional clubs such as ‘More Able Maths’, STEM club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths club) or the opportunity to attend training for public speaking and to become part of the Debate Society. We access many different schemes such as the Brilliant Club, a nationwide scheme that gives more able students the opportunity to work with PHd students in STEM and humanities subjects.
Preparation for KS5 and beyond
Students on the programme are given the opportunity to access several university outreach programmes throughout their education at Plashet School. From year 7, students will create a profile that will inform us of your daughter’s ambitions and aspirations. We will then work with your daughter to ensure that she makes the right choices for the future. At present, we work with a number of different universities including Cambridge, Oxford, Kings College London (KCL), University College London (UCL), School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS) and Goldsmiths University.