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07/07/20

Year six printers are experimenting with collagraphy as a medium for sharing key messages from the Oval Heritage project. https://t.co/bBQpck71sJ

06/07/20

Year six bubble B creating their origami butterflies for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/l5ZLw9nD5N

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/kECiOwBghI

03/07/20

Inventors corner: year six presenting their post-COVID inventions... https://t.co/WVlp0lM0iO

03/07/20

Year Six origami butterflies ready for our leavers’ tree... https://t.co/O7LkilGw5v

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/l5LmOXAGjg

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/BQZx4TIJD2

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/jqMSdbuxbl

03/07/20

Year Six scientists exploring viscosity and changing states by creating lava lamps... https://t.co/iAJ5A5cK2f

03/07/20

We discovered our musical talents in Year 4 today using glockenspiels. https://t.co/kO6ttDkG3V

02/07/20

Year 4 have been learning how to draw and sew parabolic curves. https://t.co/Dmx4yMELrm

29/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about gratitude. We watched 'The Giving Tree' https://t.co/GAWo6LSn3Q and then decided to make our very own Harpenden Academy Giving Tree. If you are visiting Harpenden Academy today please take an envelope to put a smile on your face. https://t.co/P7oHq1Cq9g

26/06/20

Actual ice cream! https://t.co/tsErYI1hbi

26/06/20

Year Six artists Picasso- inspired art linked to our PSHE focus on connectedness. https://t.co/3AqnO0pdxA

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/woPoYblYpP

26/06/20

Year six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/1i3n3iqtPQ

26/06/20

Year Six scientists investigating changing states by making ice cream! https://t.co/5cdHIkZCW8

25/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about the density of liquids this afternoon and made lava lamps. https://t.co/eGed5RxPkw

23/06/20

This afternoon Year 1 became historians - creating timelines and plotting when different flying machines took flight! https://t.co/tnQtblMNGt

23/06/20

More poems from our thoughtful Year 4 children about our key workers https://t.co/HzyTR4T7N0

23/06/20

In English, Year 4 have been learning about onomatopoeia. Today, they have written they most beautiful poems about all our key workers during this time. https://t.co/2ViFnJNL84

22/06/20

This morning Year 1 made an origami "focus fox" to help us with our learning this week. We were very proud of our creations and they definitely helped us focus today! https://t.co/Q1R1MI5z3q

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/GCCWs2islh

22/06/20

Year six children have started to plan their printing projects for this half term, linked to the Oval heritage project. They have come up with important messages they want to share with the world based on their learning... https://t.co/QZBu6UxkLr

19/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about 'connecting' in PSHE this week. As part of this we have each sewn a square to represent ourselves which will be connected together to show our lovely Y4 bubble. https://t.co/xFqA7t7pJX

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/zrT0XS9kue

18/06/20

This week in Year Six we have continued our Conflict topic, exploring poetry by teenage refugees now living in the UK as well as learning about the Rohingya refugees (linked to our class story Bone Sparrow) We have been blown away by the children’s refugee poetry writing. https://t.co/Ej1rfFIjWW

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- the children have started their doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and showing thanks for the values and experiences they have gained which they will take with them onwards to Secondary school and life beyond. https://t.co/ppCm0I1CL9

18/06/20

Year Six Transition Art Project- doorways of gratitude looking back at their time at Harpenden Academy and doorways of hope looking forward to their future. https://t.co/kH1F1tmTtz

12/06/20

Year 4 have been learning about Grace Darling and created diary entries about her heroic day in 1838. We also illustrated our diary entries with pictures of the stormy sea. https://t.co/VqgQMh5Khl

12/06/20

FinalYear Six Conflict Presentation - feeling proud after lots of lovely feedback. https://t.co/Ftg1t6qJG9

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/t53HPgXkVH

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/sstUret2Qi

12/06/20

More Year Six Conflict Presentations https://t.co/IJShGkSanu

12/06/20

Year 5 have become experts in socially-distanced games! They love wall ball! https://t.co/QDws12Uc78

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/A0U5nnIbQy

12/06/20

This morning we’re enjoying Year Six presentations on conflict: each child choose a conflict of their choice and thought carefully about how to present in an engaging way. We’ve all learnt lots and thought about similarities and differences in conflicts through history. https://t.co/mEIgJAPFLk

12/06/20

Year 6 have created very informative e-safety posters that include information about technology and the impact on mental health. https://t.co/XCtJ5M8qSV

11/06/20

Year Six bubbles are loving their socially-distanced outdoor picnic lunches! https://t.co/ncFqQ7AL3K

11/06/20

Enquiry-based learning in Dahl Y5 bubble. https://t.co/k2O78VhG1r

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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