Ewell Castle School provides a differentiated curriculum which by its very nature pays close attention to the needs of the individual facilitated by small class sizes. We are inclusive in our approach and those pupils, who the School believes would benefit from the education that Ewell Castle is able to provide, will not be denied access because of a special educational need or disability (See Admissions Policy).
We are currently a team of three Learning Support Teachers (including the SENCo), each holding a Certificate or Diploma in SpLD and three Learning Support Assistants.
We have access to a peripatetic Speech and Language Therapist and also to a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Counsellor.
We provide Learning Support in the following ways:
Identifying and assessing individual students’ needs through screening and/ or assessments by specialist teachers. Referrals to the department are encouraged from staff and parents/ guardians.
Support teaching through individual or small group tuition led by specialist teachers.
Bespoke training for all subject staff so that they are able to respond to the needs of the student and differentiate appropriately.
Monitoring of individual progress and planning of interventions at relevant stages.
Some in class support, where resources allow, from Learning Support Assistants whose range of skills support students directly and indirectly whilst also assisting staff and liaising with parents/ guardians.
Individual/ Small Group Tuition
These are bespoke sessions delivered in response to initial assessment and in liaison with subject teachers.
To facilitate this, in the lower school, a student is withdrawn from an agreed subject, usually the humanities or by opting to take one rather than two modern languages.
In the upper school, the students can choose to take Learning Support as one of their options thus securing one session with a specialist teacher and two sessions delivered by a Learning Support Assistant. These latter sessions are useful for extension work in Literacy or Maths or to meet the rigorous demands of coursework during the GCSE years. Alternatively, the student can opt for a shorter lesson at lunch time or after school.
Individual/ Group Tuition sessions are charged at an extra cost, excepting those led by Learning Support Assistants.
Mrs C Buckley BA, PGCE, Dip SpLD (OCR) SENCO
English as an Additional Language
Most EAL students will be taught English out of mainstream English classes in small groups or individually, by specialist EAL teachers. There will be a charge for this provision (see Fees). There will be a small number of EAL students who arrive at Ewell Castle with excellent English and they are able to fit immediately into mainstream English classes preparing for Key Stage 3 – KS3 (age 14) or GCSE – KS4 (age 16) assessments. The school will determine the need for extra English.
The provision made ensures that the majority of EAL students will be working towards the International GCSE (IGCSE) at the end of Year 11 (Some students may be in mainstream classes by this stage and will take the ordinary GCSE English qualification exam) IGCSE is an accepted entry qualification by most Colleges and Universities. Students in the Sixth Form (Year 12 & 13) can be prepared for International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
In Years 7 & 8 EAL students are tutored individually or in small groups. Progress of the students is monitored closely by the EAL teacher and the Head of the English Department. In Year 7 EAL students do not follow an exam course. This is considered to be a bridging year of consolidation in the subject to foster confidence and prepare students for the two-year Preliminary English Test (PET) course which is followed in Years 8 and 9. This course is administered by the University of Cambridge (ESOL) and corresponds to level B1 of the Common European Framework. The course provides an ideal stepping stone to the challenging two-year IGCSE English as a Second Language course which is sat in Year 11.
In Years 10 & 11EAL students who do not qualify for the mainstream (GCSE) classes follow the IGCSE English (English as an additional language option) course in a group specifically focused upon the IGCSE exam. There is no literature aspect in this course and there is an emphasis upon the practical use of English. In Years 12 & 13the individual or small group work continues and the course(s) are tailored to the individual needs and aptitude. Particular courses will be either IGCSE or IELTS – both recognised by universities and colleges.