- LRB 2
Language Resource Base
The Language Resource Base (LRB) at North Durham Academy caters for up to 20 students who have a Statement of S.E.N.; specifically for speech, language and/or communication difficulties.
North Durham Academy is a mainstream secondary school.
Students who are part of the Language Resource Base may have difficulties in any of the following areas, but should not have a general learning disability:
- understanding spoken language; particularly complex or abstract ideas, lengthy instructions and conversation.
- putting words together to make sentences, thinking of words they want to express themselves and/or using grammar.
- speech difficulties. When they talk, it may be difficult to understand them.
- some students have all the necessary basic language skills, but struggle to use language socially to make friends and get on with people.
Our aim is to develop students’ confidence and self-esteem, so they can achieve their full potential, ready for adult life.
Language Resource Base students are included within lessons alongside their peers. They access a wide and varied curriculum with a variety of staff. Designated LRB Curriculum Support Workers support the students in lessons to help them.
Some students are better suited to a ‘Nurture’ group environment within the Green Pathway, where the students have their own classroom base and a lead teacher.
LRB students also attend speech and language therapy involving individual/group programmes of work, as appropriate to their needs.
The Language Resource Base Team includes a Learning Leader SEN who oversees the Language Resource Base and its students, 3 Curriculum Support Workers (CSW), part time Speech and Language Therapists, a part time Speech and Language Therapy Assistant and an Educational Psychologist. The Learning Director of SEN, Mrs Youll, and Learning Leader LRB/SEN (Miss Docherty) oversee this provision.
The students and staff have their own ‘Language Resource Base’, within The Harbour, the designated SEN area.
The LRB/SEN support staff are available to meet students in the LRB when they first arrive in the morning. They also ensure the students collect their taxis safely in the evening where necessary.
The LRB is open at break and lunchtime should students choose to access this provision. Students are given lunch passes so they can avoid the lunch queues. The support staff provide help with homework and study support sessions.
LRB staff work closely both with Primary Schools and Colleges to ensure a smooth transition. An extra LRB visit is arranged before students join us and college visits are arranged to help students with post 16 provision.
LRB staff may attend Annual Reviews at the Primary Schools and some College staff may attend Year 11 Review meetings. This ensures staff have all the relevant information. The Academy works closely with One Point services to ensure transition planning is achieved.
Students’ needs are detailed within their Student Support Plan (SSP) and students. This may include information they would like staff to be aware of. Staff also have access to training, to help raise awareness of students’ needs.
The Speech and Language Therapists may sometimes observe students in lessons. This helps them advise staff on the best ways of supporting students.
LRB staff meet weekly with the Speech and Language Therapists, to ensure regular communication regarding students’ needs. The Curriculum Support Workers may attend some therapy sessions, so that techniques learnt can be transferred into the classroom.
Students may meet other staff in the Academy, including catering staff, the librarian and the caretakers.
Parental involvement is extremely valuable, and parents can keep in touch by telephoning or visiting the school. Regular updates on a student’s progress can be provided or meetings arranged as necessary. Parents can also access their child’s information via the VLE. The Statutory Annual Review ensures that all the agencies working with a student meet to discuss the provision and progress of a student.
The Speech and Language Therapist will do some activities to find out what the LRB students strengths are and areas for development. Therapy sessions are then offered to develop student’s communication skills. Often therapy is delivered in a group. It can also be given one to one, by training of other people or by giving other people work to do with students.
Possible areas of need for students may include:
- Language and Memory skills: understanding classroom instructions and remembering heard information.
- Narrative skills: telling the story of what happened.
- “Understanding Me”: helping them understand the label name(s) used to describe their communication skills.
- Emotional Literacy: understanding emotion vocabulary, emotion intensity and basic strategies to help them cope when feeling upset.
- Adult Relationships: discussion group exploring friendship and boyfriend/girlfriend issues.
- Sex Education Sessions: joint sessions with the school nurse focusing on puberty, sex, contraception and S.T.I.s.
- “Understanding Me 2”: students are supported to create a personal leaflet to explain their communication diagnostic label to other people.
- Job Skills: vocabulary for job adverts, C.V. creation, interview skills.
- Life Skills: students select any area of life they’d like support on for the future e.g. medical appointments, housing, dealing with emergency services.
Parents also have the opportunity to access their child’s progress via the VLE on the academy’s website.
We want your child to be happy at North Durham Academy. Therefore please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries.