Southgate School

Learning Support/SEND


Southgate School is committed to the principles of inclusive education, in that all students regardless of SEND have the right to access the whole school curriculum as far as possible. All teachers should regard themselves as teachers of students with SEND.

The SEND Department is made up of 2 specialist teachers, an SEN Officer and 18 full or part time Teaching Assistants, alongside the EAL Co-Ordinator and 2 specialist EAL TAs all led by the AHT for Inclusion who is the school SENCo. Several of the team also have further responsibilities across the school teaching English, Maths, PE and PSR.

There are different strands to the work of the Department; the support offered by Teaching Assistants, the Study Support/Study Plus curriculum, individual and small group intervention work and assessment, exam arrangements and the work to support students with English as an additional language.

Teaching Assistants

The majority of TAs are based in Departments, offering subject specialist support. We have a small group of central team TAs who support the most vulnerable students as appropriate. Support is delivered within the classroom setting and students are encouraged to work independently. All TAs have received training on different aspects of Additional Needs (dyslexia, ADHD, speech and language difficulties and autism)


We currently offer a limited provision of Study Support at KS3. A small number of identified students may be offered Study Support in place of one or more Modern Foreign Languages in Years 7, 8 and 9. The Study Support lessons offer a structured programme to improve spelling and literacy and numeracy skills overall.

There are a limited number of places in the Study Support groups and students are offered this option based on information from Primary schools and assessment data from initial testing in September (CATs and Reading Age and Spelling Age tests)

At KS4 students are able to choose Study Plus as one of their GCSE options. The course offers support with English Language and English Literature as well as Maths, taught by subject specialists. Time is also given to pupils to complete coursework and homework with guidance from an experienced SEND teacher. As there is no Study Plus exam, choosing this option reduces the KS4 workload for those pupils who may benefit from taking one less than the full complement of GCSE’s in Year 11.

If you have any further questions regarding the work of the SEND Department or the curriculum offered, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at

Head of Department:                      Ms L Gabrel (

2nd in Charge:                                Mrs K Pacey (

SEN Officer:                                    Mrs F Bates (

EAL Co-Ordinator:                          Mrs A Eaton (