Our Learning Support Department offers a nurturing environment where, at any stage of their schooling, students 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 Senior School entry point, students 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 English, Mathematics and cross-curricular study and revision 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 students are identified with possible learning difficulties, health problems and/or emotional or behavioural difficulties, even from Year 9 upwards. In these cases, our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) works closely with Heads of Year and the parents to initiate a process of assessment and action that will support the student. Further assessment may also be recommended in order to accommodate possible exam concession applications.
The process for arranging exam concessions in national exams is lead and determined by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ). The criteria are strict and the school adheres to the order of the process, which begins in the 13s (Year 9) when all students complete a brief reading and spelling assessment that may indicate need for extra time in examinations. At the same time, their teachers are invited to recommend the students that they feel would fairly benefit from exam concessions and produce evidence of their need in the classroom. Background history is also considered. The SENCo co-ordinates the procedure and contacts parents, when applicable, to explain the subsequent procedure. Following assessment, if the student is eligible for exam concessions, the SENCo makes an application to JCQ for the respective exam concessions. The SENCo continues to follow the student's exam needs through their A-levels.
Many students studying forGCSEs benefit from one-to-one lessons provided by our team of specialist teachers, who liaise closely with the student's classroom teachers. These lessons are bespoke and are aimed at giving the student the opportunity to revisit the specific areas of the curriculum in which they feel insecure, including ways to revise and exam techniques. Support lessons are also a way to assess and monitor a student and, importantly, a very effective way to boost the student's self esteem, assist organisation, and open them up to the task of 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)