"Many reviews talked about how much difference this support has made to individuals' confidence, achievement and progression. The values of aspiration and achievement run very clearly through the reviews that have been written about BSix"
- The Learning Review site
"The work of the Student Achievement Centre provides a key focus for activity, which engages all teachers"
- Ofsted, May 2012
The Raising Achievement Centre: Additional Learning Support Department
The Raising Achievement Centre also played a key role in BSix winning the 'Outstanding College' at the ACES Diamond ball 2012 awards. The following comment was made by the judges when this award was given.
"We work with colleges and schools London wide and have never met a more dedicated team and college. After much deliberation we felt that you genuinely deserve this recognition because you go above and beyond to help your students. It is more than recognition of the work that we do together- it is about the excellent work that you and your team do together. Teachers are often blamed for underachievement and lots of other woes but we have been lucky to experience your selfless efforts. You have also got some amazing students at your college and we will gladly go out of our way to try to ensure that they have the opportunity to achieve their potential and dreams."
Donia Narh, Founder SYF Project & ACES Youth Project
Student Support Officer Team Leader
Specialist Assessor and Dyslexia Student Achievement Officer
Tel: 0208 525 7192 Internal Ext: 192 or 214
Our team aims to ensure that all students with Additional Learning Needs are supported in order to reach their potential. The department supports young people with a wide variety of needs including moderate learning difficulties; specific learning difficulties; speech, language and communication needs; autistic spectrum disorder; social, emotional & mental health difficulties; multi-sensory impairments; visual impairments; hearing impairments; complex medical and physical disabilities.
Student Achievement Officers are based in curriculum departments and managed by Senior Tutors and offer departmental specialist support work for young people with Additional Learning Needs.
The Additional Learning Support Department aims to eliminate potential barriers to students’ achievement through collaborating with a number of professionals including:
Student Support Officers are based in the Raising Achievement Centre, and provide students with Additional Learning Needs with individualised curriculum and support packages.
ALS referral assessments and screening assessments are conducted by our specialist assessor.
- Local Authorities
- KIDS Advocates (EHCP)
- SEN Professionals
- Speech and Language Therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Social Workers
- Educational Psychologists
- Education, Health & Care Plan Coordinators
- Other agencies
The ALS Department ensures blended learning is integrated into the students’ Small Group Sessions and workshops using curriculum Virtual Learning Environment/moodle platform, YouTube, Maths Watch, BBC Bitesize, BKSB, Units of Sound.
Assess: Our aim is to facilitate the early identification of young people with SEND through the following systems:
A range of Assistive Technologies and Software is available to assist students in accessing the curriculum includes: Laptops, Netbooks, Dictaphones, hearing loops, exam reading pens, Dragon, Read & Write Gold, Coloured Overlays, Digital Coloured Overlays and a growing collection of digital text books.
BSix is fully accessible with lift access in A Block, B Block, C Block and Sports Hall. The college has a mobile hoist and track hoist, and a room suitable for physiotherapy and stretching.
Communication and engagement of parents of young people with SEND is important to the ALS Department, and is facilitated by regular Coffee mornings and evening & weekend events for information sharing and collaboration with external agencies. Services for parents of young people with SEND can be found at: www.hackneylocaloffer.co.uk
Our strategy is to follow the SEN Code of Practice framework of Assess, Plan, Do and Review.
- Liaise with feeder secondary schools and colleges
- Multi agency planning meetings
- Interview days, experience days, open days, enrolment
- Self-referral, Teacher Referral, Progress reviews
- Information sharing from curriculum interventions
- BKSB assessment
- ALS Assessment
- Access Arrangements Assessments
Plan: Young people with SEND are allocated to Student Achievement Officers or Student Support Officers. Individualised support for young people with SEND is planned by completing Additional Learning Support Profiles and Individual Learning Plans, where SMART Targets are set at the beginning of each term. Individual young people may be referred to Safeguarding or Counselling Team if appropriate.
Review: Individualised support packages are reviewed regularly in a number of ways. Additional Learning Support Termly Reviews are held three times a year to review the academic progress, SMART targets, attendance and punctuality of each young person with SEND. Student Support Officers and Student Achievement Officers regularly attend Parents Evenings, departmental meetings, liaising closely with teaching staff and parents regarding the progress of the young people. We recognise the student voice through termly feedback, and encourage our young people to voice opinions to student union, teaching staff and SMT.
Do: Individualised support packages are implemented for young people with SEND, which include: In-class support, Small Group Sessions, 1 to 1 sessions, Reading Group, Peer Mentoring, Personal Mentoring, Group Mentoring, Work Skills, Speech and Language Therapy Youth Club, Advice and guidance, Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Exam Support and/or intervention from external agencies.
Accessing Individual Students Information
Additional Learning Support information is available to all staff regarding our young people with SEND in the shared staff drive: Staff Area (V:), Raising Achievement Centre (Folder), ALS 2015-2016 (Folder)
Files: Provision Map- Every student monitored by Additional Learning Support department in their curriculum departments
ALS Profile & ILP – Every Student’s needs identified in Curriculum Department Folders
Employability and Enterprise Co-ordinator
Jane Sacco – Employability and Enterprise Co-ordinator
The department aims to ensure that students are given the opportunity of Work-Based Learning and the chance to build on their Workability skills. Any students who are participating in organised work experience can access support, information and advice from the Employability and Enterprise Team. Compulsory Work Experience will be offered out to a number of vocational courses such as Health and Social Care and Hair and Beauty, but other opportunities will be given to other departments also.
In addition to this, the Employability and Enterprise Department facilitates a number of events during the year that will expose students to alternative avenues of progression other than further education such as: Apprenticeships, Traineeships, and Employment. Opportunities to enhance chances of these options for our students will also be advocated through: outside the classroom learning, volunteering, community based events and character building.
If any students wish to be involved in initiatives to enhance their skill set, improve self-confidence and self-esteem, prepare to be work-ready and gain transferable skills for their future aspirations, then the Employability and Enterprise Team can help.
Click here to read case studies of some of the inspirational students we have supported to achieve