Special Educational Needs Department

At The John Roan we believe it is important to bring out the best in all our students and for them to make outstanding progress. The SEN (Special Educational Needs) department works with all members of school staff to actively promote the development of students with Special Educational and additional needs.

The department, under the leadership of the Vice Principal (SENCO), aims to promote learning strategies and teaching approaches that allow these Special Education Needs and additional needs to be met. Support is given to teachers to enable them to provide appropriate challenges and opportunities for success for identified students. In addition, we help students to recognise and plan for their own progress.

Specialist Learning Coaches

Our Specialist Learning Coaches have expert training in working with children who have specific learning difficulties. The team works with all school staff to identify and assess students’ needs, plan for these needs and put into practice appropriate identified strategies.

Specialist Learning Coaches have a range of evidenced based literacy and numeracy resources available and use these tools to support the progress of SEND students, aiming to reduced any gaps in learning. A wide variety of support is put in place depending on the needs of the child. This can range from individual and small group withdrawal sessions, with our specialist Learning Coaches or external professionals.

Students can have Special Educational or additional needs throughout their schooling career or at specific points, and we work with all staff to support these students at all stages.

We understand that the transition process to a new school can be a daunting experience for any parent and we try to make this process as smooth as possible. If you have concerns about the support that will be available for your child once they move to The John Roan the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator would be more than willing to meet with you to answer any questions.

Centre For Autism

At The John Roan we have the Centre for Autism (CFA), which is a designated specialist provision.

The CFA caters for up to 16 students across KS3 and KS4 living primarily in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Parents or professionals who are considering a CFA placement should first consult with the Local Authority SEN department or the SENCo at their child’s current school.

For Special Educational Needs enquiries, please email ashleigh.france@thejohnroanschool.org.uk 

Please click here for our SEND and Disability Policy

  • Read more about our Centre For Autism (CFA)

    Head of Centre - Ms Kate Ling

    The CFA is a separately funded provision, within the mainstream school, and has a total of 16 places for students with autism across Years 7-11.

    CFA students must have a diagnosis of autism (but not necessarily an EHCP). CFA students have the potential to access 50% of their lessons in mainstream and to achieve at the same level as their peers, given the right level of support. CFA students follow individual timetables which reflect their needs. They are taught both in the mainstream and in the CFA. CFA staff deliver the mainstream curriculum. Some mainstream staff come to the DSP to deliver their subject specialism.

    The CFA provision is comprised of an Autism friendly classroom and a sensory room. Small breakout spaces are also available when needed by individuals dependant on their needs. The CFA offers a quiet space away from mainstream; skilled staff who are trained in autism; learning support; social and emotional support and access to outside agencies, such as speech and language services.

    There are 4 full time members of staff, with additional support from the wider Inclusion Team. All CFA students will have access and support through the whole school Inclusion Team and its resources. In addition to the mainstream curriculum, the team make time for each student’s special interests. The frequent CFA trips incorporate the interests of the students.

    The CFA Team encourage all their students to join in with social opportunities in school and facilitate this where necessary. The CFA Team work very closely with families and encourage parents and carers to contact them very regularly.

    Parents interested in applying for a CFA place should first consult the SENCo at their child’s primary school and read the information on the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s website to find out about the applications process.

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