At Harlington School our aim is to ensure that all our students achieve their full potential, both academically and socially. In accordance with the Revised Code of Practice 2014, and the Special Educational Needs Inclusion Policy, we recognise that children have special educational needs if they have a “learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision” to be made for them. The term ‘special educational needs’ (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn or access education than most children of the same age.
There is an ethos of inclusion within the department and school. All students with disabilities are involved in every aspect of school life and total integration is a strength of the school, with all students with a range of needs – SEND; EAL; emotional and behavioural difficulties, physical disabilities, etc – working alongside each other in a positive learning environment. We are delighted with the fact that we have gained the ‘Centre of Excellence’ status for Inclusion Quality Mark which reflects this.
Harlington School has a Specialist Resources Provision (SRP) for students with disabilities, which is funded by the Local Authority (LA). The unit is able to accommodate up to seven students who are admitted according to need on the recommendation of the LA, as outlined in the students’ Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC). Advice is available to any interested parents/carers regarding admission procedures to the unit.
The SRP has a purpose-built, fully equipped physiotherapy room and facilities are in place for a physiotherapist to visit the school. A hydro-bath is on site for any student who requires it as well as disabled toilets, lockers and changing facilities.
Help will usually be provided in students’ normal lessons, sometimes with the support of outside specialists, for example an Education Psychologist or a Speech and Language Therapist. If your child has special educational needs, they may need extra help in a range of areas, some of which are; reading, writing, numeracy or understanding information. They may also have difficulty expressing themselves, making friends or relating to adults. In addition they may have difficulty in organising themselves due to some kind of sensory or physical need which may affect them in school.
Through effective liaison with primary schools, we ensure that students with special educational needs are identified at the point of transfer. The school also has systems in place to identify and provide appropriate support for students who may present with special educational needs during their time at Harlington.
We recognise the importance of making and maintaining strong home-school links. We endeavour to work closely with parents and students to ensure that their needs and concerns are always fully considered and aim to promote and maintain effective communication between all professionals involved with the student.
Your child’s progress
Children make progress at different rates and have different learning styles. When planning lessons based around the National Curriculum, your child’s teachers will take this into account when they plan and organise their lessons, classroom, books and materials. The teacher will then choose suitable ways to help your child learn from a range of activities (often described as ‘differentiating the curriculum’).
Some students may need additional support which may include a Teaching Assistant in class or working in a small group with a Teaching Assistant or a Learning Support Specialist Teacher.