Closing the Gap
All students her at Grace Academy Solihull have the right to access all of the learning offered. There are occasions when students have certain barriers to their learning such as:
- A specific medical disability
- An educational need
- Social and emotional difficulties
- Bereavement issues
- Developmental needs
We work hard to differentiate the learning within lessons to overcome these barriers so students have the same learning experience as children without additional needs. However from time to time some students need a little extra help, this is given to them through their Learning Mentors and the Da Vinci Centre.
Da Vinci Centre
The Da Vinci Centre is situated on the ground floor at Grace Academy and is a hub of specialists who work together to support students both in and out of the classroom. Below are a number of support procedures that are carried out:
- TA support within lessons
- Key Workers- used to link the learning to the child and the home
- External Support can be sourced to help the student
- Testing of students needs with specific initiatives given
- Measuring the impact of support given
- Statement processes are carried out when needed
- Literacy and Numeracy packages put in place for students who need it
- Advice given to staff and parents on how to support students
- Creation of resources to help support students
There are 2 learning mentors allocated to each school at Grace Academy. The learning Mentors are the 2nd step in pastoral support after the students tutor and help to support the students when needed. They not only support the students on a day to day basis and liaise with parents at home, but also run specific mentoring programs for groups of students. The mentors monitor students attendance, punctuality and behaviour at the academy and help to remove these barriers from the students learning. Some of the mentoring groups that are offered by the Learning Mentors are:
- Improving self esteem
- Anger Management
- Friendship groups
- Social skills
- Behaviour Improvement
- Bullying support
Our Aims and Objectives
All of the above helps us to achieve our aims and objectives that are outlined below.
- Our aim is to ensure that provisions are made for all students to fulfil their academic and social potentials.
- Our objective is to identify any students with learning needs as early as possible and make the appropriate support available.
- We believe that the partnership between the Academy, students, parents and outside experts is vital for the effective support of students with any kind of learning needs.