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The students at Invictus are all unique and have very different ways of learning and engaging in school life. At times this can lead to challenges for students and their families. The Student Support team are on hand to provide academic, emotional and social support to all members of the school community; ensuring that students receive the appropriate level of guidance and care required to achieve their full academic potential and become confident, resilient young people.
Learning Support collaborates closely with students, parents, specialists, identified outside agencies, teachers and the school Leadership Team to ensure that students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are identified, assessed and supported in an appropriate and timely manner. The Learning Support Coordinator provides advice and guidance to teachers on differentiation and resources and offers practical teaching and assessment support.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Invictus classifies students as having Special Educational Needs (SEN) if they have significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age. They may have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) or Disability that acts as a barrier to their learning or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age. Students with SEN may present difficulties in some or all of the following areas:
- Social interaction
- Emotional Intelligence
- Academic attainment
- Communication skills
- Physical disabilities or impairments
If any student experiences barriers to their learning, the Learning Support Coordinator follows procedures outlined in the UK Code of Practice to agree upon (with parents and teachers) an Individualised Education Plan (IEP). An IEP contains specific targets and strategies that will support the student both inside and outside of the classroom. IEPs are reviewed regularly and parents are updated on progress through either informal conversations with teachers or scheduled review meetings. On the rare occasion that we feel we are unable to provide the resources to meet the needs of a child, either during the admission process or after enrolment, the school will support families in the identification of an alternative provision for their child.
Invictus’s school wellbeing aims to provide a broad range of services to the school community for the guidance and support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling, productive and responsible lives.
Our wellbeing service contributes to the development of a comprehensive student support and wellbeing program that is responsive to the needs of our school community. The support offered includes providing advice and counselling on educational, behavioural, vocational, personal, social, family, and mental health and other wellbeing issues. Common issues that are attended to in counselling include:
- School: organisation, goal setting, time management, study schedules, focus, absences.
- Personal: self-esteem, unmanageable stress and anxiety, relationship/friendship issues, low mood, sleep/health concerns, crisis, grief.
- Building resilience: strength coaching, mindfulness, growth mindset.
We offer an environment of understanding, support, encouragement and challenge as we assist students to achieve their educational, personal and vocational goals. Our counselling services are available to all members of the school community, especially at-risk students, students with additional needs and their families.