Our Learning Support Department offers a nurturing environment where, at any stage of their schooling, pupils may obtain the extra support they need to help them to work to their individual strengths and to achieve their best.
Although Harrodian is selective at the Prep School entry point, pupils of average to high academic ability may already have identified specific learning difficulties and we are glad to support their needs in the following ways:
- offering targeted one-to-one support lessons for Literacy, Mathematics and cross-curricular study skills
- coordinating teachers' concerns and liaising with parents
- setting up individual action plans
- advising on educational assessment
- advising on typing
- advising on support networks
- managing exam concessions
Identifying potential students that may need support
Naturally, during their schooling some pupils are identified with possible learning difficulties, health problems and/or emotional or behavioural difficulties. In these cases, our two SENCos (Special Educational Needs Coordinators) work closely with Heads of Year to initiate a process of assessment and action that will support the pupil. Assessment usually begins with classroom observation and might include an initial screening and then possibly a referral for further diagnostic assessment.
Many pupils benefit from one-to-one lessons provided by our team of specialist teachers, who liaise closely with the pupil's classroom teachers. These lessons are bespoke and multisensory; they are aimed at giving the pupil the opportunity to revisit the specific foundational Mathematics and Literacy that they have missed when they were younger. Support lessons are also an effective way to assess and monitor a student who is struggling, but overall it is a very effective way to boost the pupil's self esteem and open them up to learning.
For further information on any of the above, please contact:
Mrs Sarah Codacci
Head of Learning Support
SENCo for 9s to Sixth Form (Years 5 - 13)
Mrs Ruth Andrews
SENCo for Reception to the 8s (Year 4)