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Additional Educational Needs (SEN/D and EAL)

Information on where the Local Authority’s Local Offer can be found at: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/special-educational-needs/

(Additional Educational Needs – AEN)

SEN/D & EAL

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Additional Educational Needs (AEN) section of our website. All students have the right to achieve their maximum academic and social potential.   At the Academy we believe that all students have learning differences rather than learning difficulties, and it is our policy to identify and assess these differences so that learning is supported and differentiated to ensure outstanding progress is made by all students.

We offer a range of support to develop teachers expertise and additional support within the classroom, this includes: drop-in sessions, in class training and observations from the Director of Learning Support Services, as well as specialist advice/input within the classroom.  We also have a learning resource base in the Academy where students, parents and staff can access specialist intervention as appropriate.

You will find details of what the academy can currently offer for your child within the SEN Information report and within the EAL Policy; you can also find questions and answers from current parents and students. If you have any additional questions, concerns or worries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Learning Support Services team.


The SENCO is Gordon Smith - Director of Learning Support Services (HASN/HAUN)
Contact details:

Email: smithg@harrissouthnorwood.org.uk

Tel: 02084055115

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Director of Learning Support Services – Gordon Smith

January 2015

The first term of academic year 2014/15 we successfully launched the New Code of Practice and held meetings with key stakeholders (Students, Parents and Academy staff), all of whom were excited and happy with the changes and new plans put in place.  We also surveyed our students, teachers and parents/carers both from SEN/D and EAL categories, and overall feedback showed that everyone was happy to agree that support offered by the Academy allowed students to develop independent learning and make progress.  It was also identified that all stakeholders felt their voice was heard and considered by the Academy and they had a say on how support was structured and offered to their child.  

This half term sees us beginning to transfer students who have Statements of SEN to the new EHCPs with year 9 and 11 being the priority.  We will also be further developing our extending opportunities for ‘Assess, Plan, Do and Review’ in regards to our support.  We also have increased our behaviour and pastoral support by recruiting a new Learning Mentor, Mr Paul Bassey, to work with students on both sites.  

The feedback we have had from parents/carers on this website is that it is helpful and informative, so I hope you continue to find the resources and information useful and I will update this on a half termly basis with key dates and feedback on what we are doing within the Academy. 

I look forward to continue working with you and your child this academic year.

 

Harris Academy South Norwood’s visions for pupils with EAL

Information on where the Local Authority’s Local Offer can be found at: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/special-educational-needs/

Harris Academy South Norwood is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all children.

The EAL policy for Harris Academy seeks to promote this by providing equality of access and opportunity to all areas of the curriculum. Students are taught in an environment where they receive equal respect and in which their individuality is valued. At the Academy we are committed to making appropriate provision of teaching and resources for students for whom English is an additional language. It is our policy to identify individual student’s needs, recognise the skills they bring to the academy and ensure good or better progress is made by all students.

Students with English as an additional language are not regarded as SEN/D, solely because the language or different form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught.  “Children must not be regarded as having a learning difficulty solely because the language or form of language of their home is different from the language in which they will be taught”.  However, a student with EAL may be identified as having SEN during assessment and will have equal access to school SEN provision through a graduated approach.


 

Harris Academy South Norwood’s visions for pupils with SEN/D.

Information on where the Local Authority’s Local Offer can be found at: http://www.croydon.gov.uk/education/special-educational-needs/

Harris Academy South Norwood is committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education for all children. We believe that all children, including those identified as having Special Educational Needs as well as every other student, have a common entitlement to a broad and balanced academic and social curriculum. This curriculum should be accessible to them, and they will be fully included in all aspects of Academy life. We recognise that pupils learn at different rates and that there are many factors affecting achievement, including ability, emotional state, age and maturity. We are particularly aware of the needs of our pupils, for whom maturity is a crucial factor in terms of readiness to learn. We believe that many pupils, at some time in their Academy career, may experience difficulties which affect their learning, and we recognise that these may be long or short term. At the Academy we aim to identify these needs as they arise and provide teaching and learning contexts which enable every child to achieve to his or her full potential.

It is also worth noting that from 1st September 2014, there are some changes to SEN legislation, following the Children’s and Families Act 2014. A summary of key changes are below, but please visit the link at the bottom of the page for further information.


 

The SEN Code of Practice key changes

The Code of Practice (2014) covers the 0-25 age range and includes guidance relating to disabled children and young people as well as those with SEN

  • There is a clearer focus on the participation of children and young people and parents in decision-making at individual and strategic levels.
  • There is a stronger focus on high aspirations and on improving outcomes for children and young people.
  • It includes guidance on the joint planning and commissioning of services to ensure close co-operation between education, health and social care.
  • It includes guidance on publishing a Local Offer of support for children and young people with SEN or disabilities
  • For children and young people with more complex needs a coordinated assessment process and the new 0-25 Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) replace statements and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs)
  • There is a greater focus on support that enables those with SEN to succeed in their education and make a successful transition to adulthood

To see the SEN Code of Guidance 2014, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/325875/SEND-Code_of_Practice-June2014.pdf

Name Date File Size  
Accessibility Report 14th Sep 2015166 KB Download
EAL Policy 28th Sep 2015124 KB Download
Parent Handbook 08th Oct 20153 MB Download
SEN/D Policy 14th Sep 2015212 KB Download
SEND Information Report 28th Sep 2015203 KB Download
Supporting Students with Medical Needs 28th Sep 2015722 KB Download