SEND, Inclusion, and Learning Support

The Learning Support Department at Crispin is committed to ensuring that all students with additional needs at both Key Stage 3 and 4 have equal access to the learning and curriculum through careful understanding of their individual needs, Quality First Teaching, and targeted intervention and support.  

Crispin adheres to the 0-25 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 2015 through the 'Assess, Plan, Do, Review' process and a graduated response to identify additional learning needs. We work closely with Students, Parents, and Outside agencies to ensure that we have a good understanding of the individual requirements of each of our students on the SEND Register and all staff are committed to the inclusion and progress of all our students.

Students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported by a skilled and dedicated team of Learning Support Assistants in a variety of ways, both in the whole class setting, and through small group and 1:1 interventions.

If you would like further information about SEND Provision at Crispin, please contact Mrs Durant via the School Office to make an appointment with Miss Leyland (SENCo).


English Interventions (Fresh Start, Spelling Detectives, Rapid Readers)

We deliver a range of targeted, time-limited literacy interventions to students who may require extra support in the areas of reading, comprehension, and spelling. Clearly differentiated, age appropriate visual resources are used to support students and encourage comprehension and language building skills whilst developing reading and spelling. The interventions used are designed to build confidence in our students and help them to develop strategies to aid in the retention and retrieval of information. Targets are shared with subject teachers and 'top tips' for supporting students with literacy difficulties developed through staff training and 'Quality First' teaching.

Maths Interventions (Stern, Level Up)

For some of our students, understanding Maths and working with number problems can be challenging. We work closely with the Maths Department to re-visit and support the learning of mathematical terms and concepts. A range of small group learning, visual support material, practical learning opportunities, and differentiated resources are used to support learners and build on Mathematical Skills.

ELSA (Emotional literacy)

Emotional Literacy Support is provided at Crispin both within the classroom and through small group work and 1:1 Sessions. We have a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) who has completed the training as an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and receives on-going training and support with the Educational Psychologist. Emotional Literacy recognises that we need to provide students with the skills and support they require to manage the day to day life of being a young person. Our ELSA focuses on developing social skills, understanding emotions, building self-esteem, changing friendships and supporting students who have experienced bereavement. Social Stories or Therapeutic Stories are used to explore and understand difficult emotions such as anger and loss and help students acknowledge and manage these emotions effectively. This is often intervention based however the skills and support can also be used in the classroom setting.

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Longleat Trip

Every year during the Summer Term we are invited to attend the Rotary Club's 'Kids Day Out' at Longleat. A group of students supported by The Learning Support Department visit the Safari Park and grounds where they have the opportunity to learn about the animals and wildlife. This is a fantastic way for our students to spend time socialising with their peer group and for staff to get to know more about the students they work with. The experience provides an excellent opportunity for follow up work based on the animals they have seen and activities they have participated in.

The Flexible Learning Centre (C6) Break and Lunchtime

The Flexible Learning Centre (Flex) is staffed by The Learning Support Department and open at Break and Lunch time as a safe and calm space for students to eat their lunch and access adult support if needed. During the colder months staff provide and supervise indoor activities, such as board games, arts and crafts, film club, or just supporting friendships. During warmer weather, outdoor games are organised and students are encouraged to participate in team games or provided with a quiet outside space to chat to their peers.

Important Links and Documents

SEND Information Report and Policy 

Local Offer with Somerset Choices Children and Families

Somerset Direct

Special Educational needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Services (SENDIAS)

Workshops and Training for Parents

Understanding and managing anxiety at Brookside and Booking Slip

Understanding and managing anxiety at Avalon and Booking Slip

Help and Support

Family Lives Helpline (for parents and carers)
Telephone: 0808 800 2222 (open 9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm weekends, closed B/Hs)

The Mix (youth support/ counselling service for under-25s)
Telephone: 0808 808 4994 (11am-11pm)
Young people can also use website to talk to an adviser using text-based web chat rather than over the phone.

NHS Somerset Partnership Help Resources

Anna Freud
Anna Freud is a place where parents can access resources and information on mental health and well-being.


Last Updated: February 2019