Upon entry to St. Augustine’s pupils are placed into ability banded teaching groups. Pupils who experience the highest degree of learning difficulty are taught together in very small groups. These groups are supported by Teaching Assistants. They also receive tuition from the school’s own SEN specialist teacher for a number of academic lessons.

Some pupils who have been placed on the SEND register at primary school are placed on our Year 7 SEND Register and IEPs (Individual Education Plans) are formulated for each pupil dependant on need. In addition to this all pupils are screened using standardised tests upon entry in order to identify specific learning difficulties.

Some more able pupils have specific literacy or numeracy problems which can result in underachievement. Consequently we operate an intervention programme which allows those pupils to be either withdrawn from mainstream lessons for short periods of time or work closely with a teaching assistant in specific lessons. This builds self-confidence and can rectify such problems.