At Jersey College for Girls, we have high expectations of all students and we aim to promote achievement through the removal of barriers to learning and participation. Our aim is to ensure the full integration and inclusion of all students in the life of the college and to maximise their learning potential.
Special Educational Needs (SEN) is a legal term used to describe the needs of a child who has a difficulty or disability which makes learning harder for them than for other children their age. Around one in five children has SEN at some point during their school years. Some children and young people have SEN right through their time at school and beyond into higher education. At Jersey College for Girls we refer to SEN as ISN (Individual Student Needs).
Although we are a selective school, we recognise that some students might have difficulties accessing the curriculum: in these cases effective and personalised support is provided within the classroom by the subject teacher. Students with ISN, however, may require additional structured learning support which is different from the more general classroom support given to other students of the same age.
Students who need specialist support with their learning include those with the following types of learning difficulty:
To ensure early identification and assessment of a student’s learning difficulties, we work with the student and parents to provide appropriate support. To help us identify students with learning needs we make use of the following:
Many students with learning difficulties make adequate progress within a supportive environment and high quality teaching, without any additional intervention other than personalised work provided by the teacher.
If, however, adequate progress is not being made, then intervention will follow a graduated approach as set out in the Jersey SEND Code of Practice (2017). The first stage is when a member of staff raises concerns about a student with the Educational Needs Coordinator who will consider if further intervention is needed which may mean some or all of the following:
What support is offered?
We encourage students at JCG to take responsibility and to make decisions; this is part of the culture of our college. Students are invited to make judgements about their own performance, to set their own targets and to evaluate their work and progress constructively.