Plantsbrook School is a large, mixed-gender mainstream comprehensive Secondary School, housing around 1400 students, including 250 sixth formers in our new state of the art facility. We are proud to be an inclusive school.
Supporting students with additional needs is an exceptionally rewarding part of education. The Inclusion Department, alongside the rest of our staff at Plantsbrook School actively encourages all our students to live out our school motto: ‘Be the best that you can be’ in and out of the classroom.
Staff have had various high quality training opportunities so we are best able to support students across the school with varying needs. These include Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and Physical and Social, Emotional and Mental Health. We firmly believe that giving our SEND students the right support and tools, promotes their independence, enables barriers to learning to be broken down and positively transforms lives.
Plantsbrook is unique in the Birmingham area as we are currently the only secondary school to house a specialist resource base for up to 20 students with a vision impairment. Access to our Vision Resource Base is only through placement by the Local Authority and students must have an Education Health Care Plan/statement of need.
The Inclusion department consists of a team of 18 teaching assistants, 12 of whom specialise in working with students with a visual impairment. The department is led by Mrs Lomas the Inclusion Leader/SENCo and is overseen by Ms Orchard, one of our Assistant Head teachers. Mrs Maltby is the head of our Vision Resource Base and is a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI). We are assisted by Mrs White who is the Inclusion Administration Manager and Miss Burke who is our apprentice. Our new facilities within the Inclusion department include student work rooms, a life skills room, a hygiene room, staff preparation/work rooms and meeting rooms.
Clarifying SEND terminology
Definition of Special Educational Needs (SEN)
A child has SEN if they have a learning difficulty that calls for special educational provision to be made for them. A learning difficulty means that the child has significantly greater difficulty in learning than most children of the same age.
Definition of disability
A child has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities (i.e. lasts for 12 months or more). The disability prevents or hinders the child or young person from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age.