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02/04/20

Our lovely children have made beautiful pop-up Easter cards today https://t.co/wb93c5F1oR

02/04/20

Reply from an NHS nurse to our year six letter thanking the NHS - stay at home everyone! https://t.co/GpGVDinxSH

02/04/20

Year six writers sharing thanks with NHS staff for their amazing work - please share with anyone you know in the NHS https://t.co/jace4FyMuI

01/04/20

Bring your scooter to school day https://t.co/rNNjAg2DfM

01/04/20

We have been doing Just Dance to get warmed up this morning! https://t.co/FbzgO1nypY

31/03/20

Level six of the HA obstacle course - focusing on our five ways to wellbeing for the week: connect. Working as a team to create a fun game! “This is good for our well being because we’re being active, connecting and keeping learning!” https://t.co/eNiAOxuiuS

31/03/20

A fun Maths challenge to get your mind working. It is not as simple as it seems! https://t.co/EejZYSTPkq

26/03/20

Lovely morning making fruit kebabs in the sunshine discussing the importance of vitamins, including vitamin D, in keeping us healthy and boosting our immune system. “Fruit is protecting us from getting the virus by giving us vitamins.” https://t.co/u6TiMMDLE2

24/03/20

Quote for day 2 "We're lucky as we get to come in here!" https://t.co/HgTXnQBBZv

23/03/20

Social distancing at lunchtime...all feels quite odd, although one wee cub said "It's just like being at Ikea." https://t.co/wFFp3jC3sB

23/03/20

Even on our last day of school on Friday the children in Kerr class and Austen class enjoyed sharing their favourite poems with each other https://t.co/Z3Jzt4PC10

21/03/20

Retweeted From Gavin Williamson

You should only send your child to school on Monday if you have to, because your work is critical to our COVID-19 response. If you are able to keep your child at home, you should. https://t.co/n1B1gngVWr

20/03/20

Final maths lesson in year six - making mocktails using their knowledge of ratio https://t.co/a3n2Gg9yf4

18/03/20

Year six scientists learning outdoors as much of the day as possible - gathering and drawing conclusions from water resistance experiments https://t.co/rAooAm7n52

17/03/20

Year six putting their hockey skills into practise with a focus on possession and repossession when invading. https://t.co/cOKZmnjgMf

16/03/20

Second group out completing level one bikeability. https://t.co/VXl26jKedf

16/03/20

Year six bikeability commences... https://t.co/7GdpCw5J6D

13/03/20

Austen class investigated whether the shape of an object affects the time taken to fall through water https://t.co/zkC6xCmUr4

12/03/20

Great sportsmanship and resilience today boys. We didn’t get the results we wanted but a few goals. I’m incredibly proud of you today for your honesty and determination. Live and learn. https://t.co/kp4qUgHuhJ

12/03/20

We had our final parent scientist (a cell biologist) deliver some fascinating workshops about how our bodies work against fighting off 'germs'. We even got to use our IMAGINATIONS to design our own! We watched clips that showed just how amazing our bodies are!! https://t.co/FcPDRmHHsn

12/03/20

We really got our hearts pumping in Dahl class this morning with an workout. Great links to our learning during Science Week! https://t.co/LnWvGlvgyv

11/03/20

Fascinating science workshops and assembly from one of our scientist parents - a clinical researcher specialising in blood research - learning about blood clots and the importance of research in science https://t.co/Kmr8uJ8TVA

11/03/20

Potter class at the common launching our rockets. https://t.co/aa7CzyHDl7

11/03/20

Potter Class learning more about the heart and blood. https://t.co/XFCGJJvpwK

11/03/20

Elmer and Aslan class have been learning about how our blood clots when we are hurt and even made their own blood https://t.co/lPsuF3YOFQ

11/03/20

What are Potter class making today? https://t.co/F42I09OmAx

11/03/20

Harpenden Academy loving Mark the scientists from Empribox https://t.co/EpbehqOr0U

10/03/20

We were so kind, we made elephant toothpaste in two different colours!! https://t.co/BTCC4I8I9g

10/03/20

Ladybird Class got a letter from an elephant today, he was very upset that someone has stock piled all the elephant toothpaste so he asked us to make him some!! https://t.co/RgkssrgssY

10/03/20

Look at our EYFS Snuffle Station we have created to help encourage the children to be healthy and wash their hands https://t.co/L8AEGT2y18

10/03/20

Dahl class are just coming into Harpenden 👍🏻

10/03/20

What an amazing tour of Wimbledon we had this afternoon!! How awesome to walk in the footsteps of so many champions! Dahl class thoroughly enjoyed being VIPs for the day! https://t.co/FFuDSRg4x2

10/03/20

Austen class family groups competing in our intra-school competition. Well done everyone, great teamwork! https://t.co/KxOSYbNipj

10/03/20

Dahl class are on their way home after a great day- ETA 3.50pm.

10/03/20

Sunshine at last Potter class. We are investigating air resistance. https://t.co/FXYvrVshZ3

Special Educational Needs

"Provision for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is led and managed well. Leaders' detailed knowledge about the needs of individual pupils means that they put the right measures in place to support them, this enables pupils with SEND to attend and enjoy school as well as making good progress." School Ofsted Report, June 2019

We believe that every child is an individual who brings something special to the school community. All students regardless of their ability, personality or background have a right to take part in and enjoy every aspect of school life and to have the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Our aim at the academy is to ensure that the barriers are removed and offer all our students the opportunity to participate in and benefit from all of the many wonderful experiences that are available to them as a Harpenden Academy student.

Within our Inclusion Faculty we provide specialist support and opportunity to help students feel valued and be better equipped to make positive choices, so that they can play an active role in the life of the school community.

At Harpenden Academy, children are identified as having SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) through a variety of ways, usually a combination, which may include some of the following:

  • Liaison with previous school or pre-school setting
  • Child performing below ‘age expected’ levels or equivalent
  • Concerns raised by a parent
  • Concerns raised by a teacher
  • Liaison with external agencies e.g. for a physical/ sensory issue, speech and language
  • Use of tools for standardised assessment such as, Lucid Assessment Test, Wide Ability Reading Test 4 and Cognitive Profiling test in the primary phase
  • Children with a Statement / EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) already have many of their needs clearly identified. Their placement at our school is a decision that is made by the Local Education Authority

Academy’s arrangement for assessing and reviewing the progress of pupils with special educational needs

  • A school we track and analyse the children’s progress against national expectations and age related expectations and will send a report home to parents in the Summer Term. In addition to this there are termly parents evenings where children progress is discussed.
  • The class teacher continually assesses each child and notes areas where they are improving and where further support is needed
  • Pupil Progress Meetings are held each term in the primary phase between each class teacher, Key Stage Coordinator and the Deputy Headteacher and INCO. In these meetings, a discussion takes place concerning children who are not making expected progress and possible actions and support strategies are discussed
  • Where specific needs are apparent, the school has a range of assessment tools which can be used to explore a child’s strengths and difficulties in more depth, for example CTOPP (Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing)
  • The INCo (Inclusion Needs Co-ordinator)  reports regularly to the Governing Body regarding the progress of the students.
  • There is a governor who is responsible for SEN

Academy's approach to teaching pupils with special educational needs

  • The class teacher will oversee, plan and differentiate the material to support the need of children with SEND in their class and to ensure that appropriate progress is made in every area
  • All lessons are differentiated, taking into account the primary needs of the learners. Teachers implement specific strategies that have been identified for specific students
  • The INCo, who is a member of Senior Leadership, oversees the progress of any child identified as having SEND
  • Every class in the primary phase has a Teaching Assistant who works collaboratively with the classroom teacher.
  • All learning activities within the classroom are planned and differentiated, so that all children are able to access learning according to their specific needs.
  • The class teacher, alongside the INCo will discuss a child’s needs and what support will be appropriate
  • Children with SEND will have access to the appropriate resources needed in order to help them to make progress, such as support mats, coloured overlays and strategy cards
  • The INCo reports to the Head teacher and Governors regularly to inform them about the progress of children with SEND and how resources are being used. Information provided will never name individual children in order to maintain confidentiality at all times

Additional support for learning for students with special educational needs

Behaviour for Learning

  • Nurture Group in Primary to support the social skills

Mastering Memory and Fine Motor Skills

  • Students who have difficulties with their short term working memory or their fine motor skills are supported using one to one specialised programmes

The arrangements for consulting parents of children with special educational needs

  • The class teacher, INCo are available to meet and discuss children’s progress, the support in place and any questions the parents may have
  • An appointment can be made with the INCo to discuss support in more detail
  • The SENCo is present during Parents’ Consultation evenings 

The involvement of external bodies in the meeting the needs of students with special educational needs

  • Some students are supported through the counselling service to help them work through issues which impact on their readiness and capacity for learning
  • Partnership with Links academy to provide outreach support
  • Support from Educational Psychologist
  • Close liaison with family support workers
  • Speech and Language to assess and offer support strategies
  • Autistic Advisory Team
  • The Hertfordshire Local Offer can be accessed through Hertfordshire Directory at the following address: https://directory.hertfordshire.gov.uk/kb5/hertfordshire/directory/home.page
  • If parents/carers would like to use the Local Offer, but they cannot access the internet, they can contact their local library, or Children’s Centre
  • If further assistance is needed, the customer service centre can be contacted on 0300 123 4043  

Physical environment of the academy

We have, in consultation with the relevant expert bodies, aimed to make as much of the school accessible to those with mobility needs as possible. However, challenges due to the building designs and site layout do remain. Any parent wishing to know more about this and to discuss specific case needs is encouraged to contact the Head teacher, Ms Lisa Davies.

At present:

  • All areas of the school are accessible by wheelchair 
  • Accessible toilet facilities are available
  • There is a lift that allows access to the top school
  • There are new handrails around the site
  • Strips are painted on the edge of the stairs

How the academy includes all students in activities outside of the classroom, including school trips

  • All children are included in all parts of the school curriculum and the aim is for all children to be included on school trips. We will provide the necessary support to ensure that this is successful and when required will discuss this with parents in advance. It might be appropriate for a parent/carer to accompany a child on a school trip, depending upon the child’s individual needs
  • A risk assessment is carried out prior to any off site activity to ensure everyone’s health & safety will not be compromised and ensure suitability of the activity
  • There are a variety of after school clubs provided during lunchtimes and after school for all students
  • The Inclusion department offers a quieter space in school made available to the children if the playground environment becomes overwhelming. The sensory room is always open to our children with sensory challenges as and when they need it

Expertise and training of staff with relation to children with special educational needs

  • Within the school we have a culture of sharing good practice and expertise, through an accredited CPD programme
  • All TAs have had training to deliver Letters and Sounds Phonics System, and Cognitive Profiling Tests
  • As a school we work closely with any external agencies that we feel are relevant to supporting individual children’s’ needs within our school including: Primary Behaviour Services, Health services including: GPs, school nurse, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service), clinical psychologist, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, occupational and physiotherapists; Children’s Services, social workers; educational psychologists and specialist advisory teachers

Early Years Foundation transition

  • All students who are allocated a place at Harpenden Academy will receive a visit from a member of staff
  • Those students, who need extra support have extra meetings with one of the members of the Inclusion team and the parents/carers to put in a place a plan of support prior to attending the academy
  • The identified students will join the Nurture Group in September  

Other phases

  • Students who have an EHCP will work closely with various external agencies in planning their next phase in education

Who to contact if there are any questions

  • Speak/ email the class teacher/form tutor in the first instance
  • Contact Inclusion Needs Co-ordinator via the office email
  • General information relating to SEND can be found within the SEND policy. This can be found on the policy page of the school website
  • The school has a complaints policy, which is available on the policy page of the school website
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