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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence

Additional Needs Support 

The Additional Needs Department consists of two distinct areas – Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language – with a common focus – to enable students to access the widest possible range of curriculum opportunities and achieve their full potential. 

The SEN Department, under the leadership of the SENCO, supports students with SEN at all Key Stages. Our approach is flexible and designed to meet students’ individual needs. Students may be supported through small group, withdrawal or supported in lessons to help them develop confidence as learners. There is close liaison between support and subject staff to ensure access to the curriculum. 

The EAL staff work alongside subject teachers in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 to maximise learning across the curriculum and to develop students’ confidence and competence in English. Students who are at early stages of learning English are offered a bespoke language programme to improve their English. Other support may include a literacy-based curriculum, withdrawal from lessons, or support within lessons from trained staff. A homework club is run every evening in the week. Extra-curricular activities include early morning reading club, spelling club and lunch time club, where students can play games, socialise and have help with homework.