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CReSTeD status renewed

24 January 2016

Ysgol Aberconwy is proud to announce that it is now in its twelfth year as being recognised by CReSTeD as a school Maintained Sector teaching dyslexic pupils.

Ysgol Aberconwy is only one of three secondary schools in Wales to feature on this register and has recently been inspected by the CReSTeD team, approving it for the next three years. The inspection process is rigorous and takes all areas and aspects of the school into consideration.

Maintained Sector schools support SpLD pupils to access the curriculum; where there is an effective system of identifying SpLD pupils; where there is a withdrawal system for individualised literacy support and there is positive on-going communication between mainstream, SEN staff and the Leadership team.

Mr Gerrard, Head Teacher, Mr Mike Parker, ALNCo, and Mrs Helen Samuel from Aberconwy Base for Children with Dyslexia are delighted to have maintained CReSTeD status and comments made by the inspector may be viewed by clicking here.

To qualify as a Maintained Sector category school, Ysgol Aberconwy is responsible for:

  1. Implementing a thorough and rigorous process for identifying children with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  2. Full support from The Senior Management Team and, in the case of schools, Governors, of the provision for SpLD pupils
  3. Measurement of the impact of the provision for SpLD pupils (using a system to regularly monitor the provision for pupils and to assess their achievements).
  4. Awareness by all members of staff of the necessity to adjust their teaching to meet the needs of SpLD pupils across the curriculum.
  5. Providing resources for learning appropriate to the level of need:
    • IT provision relevant and of high quality, including up to date and regularly used programmes for SpLD pupils
    • Axcess arrangements for all examinations sought as needed in compliance with Joint Council for Qualifications guidelines.
    • Specific structured, cumulative and multi-sensory teaching materials to address literacy with SpLD pupils.
    • An annual report for parents on the progress of pupils who exhibit SpLD.
  1. Provision for individualised lessons on a withdrawal basis, support staff communicate with mainstream teachers regarding the SpLD pupils
  2. An SpLD specialist teacher in the school and specialist support and advice as needed
  3. The Teaching Assistants responsible for in-class support having received specific training in SpLD and opportunities for regular Continuous Professional development in supporting SpLD pupils.