SEN – Special Educational Needs

Assessment & Reporting

Miss Savins, SENCo is an accredited Autism Ambassador

Autism AmbassadorThe Hamble school is committed to ‘Thinking Autism’ in line with the Autism Act 2009 (the first specific SEN act) and the updated 2014 ‘Think Autism’ strategy.

Miss Savins is part of the Autism Ambassador scheme that covers Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight where the shared belief is that The smallest change can make the biggest difference. The goal of the scheme is to increase awareness and build knowledge of Autism amongst staff, students and families and identify and influence reasonable adjustments within school.

The Hamble School recognises the right of every student to be offered an appropriate education and seeks to ensure that, through the implementation of a whole school approach to special needs, each student can reach his or her full potential and grow in independence.

The Learning Support Department is line managed by Miss E Savins, the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator) and Mrs S Sheen provides administrative support for the department.  A team of teaching assistants provide support to students who are on the special educational needs register. The staff in the Learning Support department are highly committed. They establish excellent relationships with the students they deal with, inspiring confidence and encouraging a feeling of security to enable these students to improve their learning.

Students who require additional support are identified through liaison work with junior schools, regular screening, the school’s referral system and parents’ concerns.  Our aim is to support students in order to enable them to have access to the national curriculum. The school’s policy is that students with special educational needs will be educated in normal classroom situations with their peers. The delivery of the curriculum may be differentiated to meet their needs; some class sizes may be smaller and/or additional adult help may be provided on occasion within the classroom. Help is also given through interventions and through advice to subject teachers. The Learning Support department has very good links with outside agencies, which they use to support their work and advice on ways forward, both as a whole school and for individual students.

Lunchtime Club is offered to individual students with SEND. Certain students are encouraged to attend and are given priority when demand is high. Students are made welcome and encouraged to support one another and respect the needs of those around them.

Homework Club is hosted by the Learning Support Department and is offered to all students including SEND.  This runs after school daily between 2.35-3.35pm on Mondays and between 2.55-3.55pm Tuesday through to Friday. Homework Club is staffed by two LSAs each day, who can assist students with their homework.

Some students may qualify for additional support for public examinations at Key Stage 4. In these cases ‘Access Arrangements’ for individual students will be applied for following testing.