At The Robert Smyth Academy we value every student as an individual and are committed to supporting each student to achieve their potential and to prepare for adult life. We are a fully inclusive Academy. Support for SEND students is co-ordinated by our SEND Department, which comprises members of staff with a wide range of expertise and experience.  

Our students’ needs are met using 3 levels of intervention, described as “waves of support”, which support access to the curriculum. Progress is closely monitored following an ‘Assess – Plan – Do – Review’ cycle to ensure we secure effective support for all students. SEND provision is monitored via the Academy’s whole school quality assurance calendar and the appraisal cycle. The provision is reviewed at timely intervals by the SENCo and other relevant Inclusion Support staff. The Trust has a robust quality assurance process, which takes place each year.

Contact

If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s provision, please contact your child’s form tutor. If you wish to speak to a member of the SEND department directly, please email RSASEND@robertsmyth.tgacademy.org.uk

Staff Contact

Victoria McNair  – SEND Strategic Lead

Nikki Finnemore – SENCO

Gary Walker – SEND Lead Teacher for Redwood

Tracey Hunt – SEND administrator

Charlotte Stone – SEND/Safeguarding administrator

School Number 01858 440770


Leicestershire SEND Local Offer – video promotion:  Partners across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland have created a short animation to help raise awareness of the SEND Local Offer and how it can support those that care for and work with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  The Local Offer brings together the services, advice and help that’s available for children and young people ages 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities and their families.

You can find out more about the Local Offer in Leicestershire and view the video here

Our Team

Mrs Victoria McNair

Mrs Victoria McNair

SEND Strategic Lead

Mr Chris Brown

Mr Chris Brown

Learning Support Assistant

Ms Cloe Dunigan

Ms Cloe Dunigan

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Hayley Stevenson

Mrs Hayley Stevenson

Learning Support Assistant

Ms Imogen Alden

Ms Imogen Alden

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Miss Krupa Mistry

Miss Krupa Mistry

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Lisa Reynolds

Mrs Lisa Reynolds

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Natalie WIlliams

Mrs Natalie WIlliams

Learning Support Assistant

Ms Suzanna Tibuleac

Ms Suzanna Tibuleac

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Vicky Hedge

Mrs Vicky Hedge

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Catherine Barry

Mrs Catherine Barry

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Tracey Hunt

Mrs Tracey Hunt

SEND Administrator

Mrs Donna Frearson

Mrs Donna Frearson

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jannine Spencer

Mrs Jannine Spencer

Academic Mentor

Mr Gary Walker

Mr Gary Walker

Lead Teacher of SEND

Ms Sarah Ingram

Ms Sarah Ingram

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Gemma White

Miss Gemma White

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Jamie Palmer

Miss Jamie Palmer

Learning Support Assistant

Miss Tania Preedy

Miss Tania Preedy

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Miss Chloe Lavelle

Miss Chloe Lavelle

Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Nikki Finnemore

Mrs Nikki Finnemore

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Miss Charlotte Stone

Miss Charlotte Stone

SEND and Safeguarding Administrator

Interventions

Phonics and reading intervention 

Phonics and reading intervention 

Mrs Jannine Spencer

Phonics and reading intervention is a focused approach to supporting students who have a gap in their phonics knowledge; affecting their vocabulary, grammar or confidence in reading texts. The course is teacher-led and uses the Abigail Steel KS3 phonics workbook scheme.

Students undertake the National Grammar and Reading Test (NGRTs) twice yearly and are identified for the course if their reading age is lower than their chronological age. A baseline diagnostic assessment is then carried out to check the student’s ability to identify the correct spelling to a sound. If gaps in this knowledge are identified, they are asked to commence onto the program.

The program consists of three workbook levels; each level takes approximately 12 weeks to complete. A student can commence the program at any level dependent on their need. When the course ends, the student retakes the baseline assessment to record the increase in their phonics knowledge.

Rapid Plus reading intervention

Rapid Plus reading intervention

Mrs Natalie Williams

Rapid plus is a reading intervention that helps students with reading confidence, comprehension, spelling, phonics and fluency around texts we read together.

The programme is delivered over a 10-week period in which students are allocated times during the day. The aim is that students attend Rapid Plus 3-4 times over their two-week timetable for 20 minutes.

The Rapid plus programme introduces books from the starting stage of 3A that goes up to stage 9. The stage the students start on is dependent on their NGRT (National guided reading tests) results. Students participate in the NGRT tests in September and May. The data is then analysed and I can determine the correct stage for each individual child and their needs. The Rapid plus books contain a non-fiction text and a fiction text for the students to discover.

Rapid plus boosts confidence, spelling and grammatical knowledge, all enhancing students’ literacy skills.

All students receive a letter of completion, a certificate and a golden ticket at the end of their intervention period.

Dyslexia Gold 

Dyslexia Gold 

Mr Chris Brown and Miss Chloe Lavelle

Despite the name, Dyslexia Gold is a program that caters for students who have been identified through NGRT data collection as finding reading and spelling difficult, not just those with a diagnosis of dyslexia. Combined with other interventions such as phonics, it can help students close the gap on their peers. The program runs during tutor time 3 days a week – Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and lasts for 15-20 minutes; the website is also accessible from home so, if students miss any sessions they can easily catch up.

SEND Newsletters


SEND Parent forum:

Spring Term 2024

Redwood introduction 

SEND newsletter 

RSA website 

Update on interventions

Student voice 

Yr 11 prep for mock exams

Staffing

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