Young people can be faced with different problems and pressures as they get older. The issues they face may not be the same as those their parents faced at their age. We can’t pretend these things are not happening and neither can they. We need to keep communication open about the risks they may be taking and the pressure they may feel under. By working together we can help young people to focus on their future goals, stay positive and keep on track to make the most of their future.
At Sponne, the curriculum comprises of a range of topics including sex education, drugs and alcohol, online safety and healthy living set appropriately for each year group. We recognise that students may also need additional support to help their emotional well-being, behaviour and learning. The additional support in school includes:
The ‘House’ Inclusion Unit - additional support to help student’s emotional well- being, behaviour and learning. Students are provided with support to help them deal with personal difficulties by giving them strategies they can use to deal with these situations or build resilience to help them cope. Examples of issues include; anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, family issues, bullying, gender and sexuality. They also offer individual support and group sessions in the following areas:
- Managing Anger
- Drawing and Talking
- Promoting Positive Behaviour
- Building Self Esteem
- Enhancing Social Skills
- Protective Behaviours
Parent Support Advisor - Anne-Louise James’ role is to support parents and carers and their children by providing information and guidance to help them get the very best from school. She links in with agencies in the local area which can provide advice and support on a variety of issues. She also organises Parent Forum and a range of information sessions for parents and carers.
Learning Mentors – support the needs of students who require assistance in overcoming barriers to learning in order to achieve their full potential. This includes revision techniques, exam preparation, motivation, stress management and organisation.
Learning Support Department - LS staff offer support for students with a range of Special Educational Needs. Provision includes 1:1 support from our ASD specialist, curriculum support in class from Learning Facilitators (LFs) and 1:1 or small group intervention programmes delivered by specialist Maths, Science and English Lead LFs. They run Independent Learning Clubs at lunchtime and after school 3 days a week and provide 1:1 mentoring for identified students over the registration period.
First Aider - Their focus is to promote and protect health and wellbeing and prevent ill health in young people.
For more detailed information please contact the department directly.
Sponne School’s Commitment to Young Carers
Sponne School is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other students and achieve their potential. We have a designated Young Carers’ School Lead, Miss E Harris, with responsibility for young carers and their families.
The school has a referral system in place which allows students and families to self-identify, feeder schools to inform Sponne School of young carers during transitions and staff at school to report any concerns. Sponne School has a strong partnership in place with the local young carers’ service and other external agencies.