Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

Learning Support Department

"Instruction does much, but encouragement is everything."

We have a long tradition of promoting and achieving inclusion for all young people who join the community of The County High School, Leftwich. The staff of the Learning Support Department work with students, parents and colleagues across the school to ensure that all young people at the Academy have the best learning environment to allow them to learn and develop to their fullest potential. The staff have extensive experience of working with students with a wide variety of additional needs such as:

  • Literacy e.g. dyslexia
  • Numeracy e.g. dyscalculia
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • A.D.H.D (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder)
  • Hearing or visual impairments
  • Communication and language difficulties
  • B.E.S.D (behavioural, emotional or social difficulties)

We have expertise within the department to ensure the support of all students who may face barriers to learning. There is a very wide range of support available and we aim to offer support that is student-centred and flexible to meet individual needs. We always aim to work closely with the student, parents and external agencies to ensure that the needs of the individual are met. It may include any of the following:

  • In-class support
  • One to one reading and spelling tuition
  • Access to specialist computer programmes to boost literacy
  • Touch Typing skills
  • Emotional Literacy support
  • Lunchtime club
  • Friendship groups and buddying
  • 1:1 motivational/careers support
  • Anger Management
  • Life skills
  • Access arrangements for exams
  • Support packages for transition from Primary School
  • Support with transition into Post 16 education
  • 1x1 withdrawal teaching/support sessions
  • Vocational Support
  • After school Extended Learning support

The Learning Support Department works closely with many other professionals from outside schools to ensure that a child's needs are addressed. Such professionals include:

  • GPs
  • CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
  • Community Paediatricians
  • School Nurses
  • Education Welfare Officer
  • EOTAS (Education other than at school)
  • Advisory support from the Local Authority
  • SALT (Speech and Language Team)
  • Autism Team

At the centre of all that we do, is the student and we place a high priority on the students' views and feelings about the support that they receive. We have students in the Academy who have additional learning needs such as ASD or dyslexia who are also gifted and talented, and we also address their individual needs. For us, therefore, flexible support for each individual is key.


Learning Inclusion Resource Provision (LINC)

The LINC is an extension of the classroom. It is an area within the Academy where all students can take advantage of extra support and that support is tailored to their needs. Communication links between subjects staff, form tutors, parents and child are used to ensure that this provision addresses the student's needs. Carefully monitoring of this provision takes place to ensure that the support develops in line with the student's progress. The LINC has been cited by the Local Authority as an example of best practice.


Children who have been absent for different reasons such as long term sickness, family bereavement, school refusing have the opportunity to spend time in the LINC before reintegrating into mainstream classrooms.


All new starters to the Academy, during term time are initially observed and tested to ensure that all learning issues can be addressed.


After consultation with Learning Leaders the LINC offers 1:1 support to students who are having specific subject difficulty and need that little extra guidance away from the classroom.


Emotional literacy is offered to students on a 1:1 basis as well as in small group sessions, using the "Learning Adventure" or other specific packages.


The LINC is open after school should any student require Extended Learning support or access to a computer.


The County High School, Leftwich is mindful of and compliant with the Cheshire West and Chester SEND Local Offer.