Following a referral from the student's current educational placement , and an initial interview with Margaret Bridson, head teacher, a start date for Induction will be provided. The interview and the Induction process will both take place at the Dale Acre campus, regardless of where the student may eventually be placed for their educational provision at Key stage 4.
The induction process lasts for 4 afternoons and consists of assessment tasks which will provide information for all staff regarding baseline levels of attainment and takes the form of diagnostic and observational assessment. The Induction programme is led by Wendy Corless, Assistant head teacher ( Inclusion / SEND).
The literacy / English assessment focuses on reading age, use of vocabulary, the development of working memory and levels of literal/ inferential comprehension and creative writing skills. The Access Reading Assessment provides a standardised level of attainment and this is supported by completion of either a narrative or descriptive piece of writing based on the iGCSE English syllabus and marked according to the examination board grade boundaries.
The Access Maths assessment provides a standardised score and will highlight both strengths and areas for development in understanding and applying number, calculations, shape ,measuring and handling data. In addition a functional skills assessment may be undertaken, dependent in the initial results from the Access test.
An ICT assessment ( either online or paper based ) and a baseline Science assessment are also completed as well as a reactive behaviour and self awareness questionnaire.
All induction information will then be shared with all staff who will work with the young person, in the form of an I.E.P ( Individual Education Plan) which highlights attainment levels, current strengths of the student and areas for further development, thus ensuring appropriate differentiation of work and promoting full access to the curriculum for all.
A meeting with the offsite provision manager completes the Induction process, with the student being provided with a timetable for the following week detailing both academic and vocational provision.