Additional Learning Needs

At Herne Bay High School we aim to offer every possible opportunity for all of our students to develop their full potential in a caring and nurturing environment.

We recognise that our students are individuals who do not necessarily learn at the same pace and may have additional educational needs at some time in their school career.

Identification of an additional educational need requiring extra support takes place through careful monitoring and tracking, including data and records on transition from Primary School, baseline assessments and on-going assessments carried out by teaching staff throughout key stage 3, 4 and 5. Investigations may also take place as a result of concerns raised by teachers, LSAs or parents and carers.

Once a need is identified an intervention such as a literacy or numeracy programme will be activated. Outcomes will be measured in order to confirm that the intervention has achieved the desired result.

If a student continues to make little progress, despite interventions that have been put in to place, school may need to seek advice from a variety of outside agencies including the Educational Psychologist and the Local Inclusion Team. In a few exceptional cases a lack of progress will result in an application to the local authority for a Statement of Special Educational Needs.

The Director of SEND, Mrs Zerina Slade is supported by an Admin Assistant, Mrs Tania Litchfield. The focus of the team of 20 LSAs is to underpin the teaching and learning environment of the school, ensuring the successful inclusion of all of our students.

We believe that our students with additional educational needs benefit most from an approach which values positive home/ school relationships. The contribution of parents/ carers and the student themselves to all aspects of decision-making is encouraged and welcomed.

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